CARTA, Charleston International Airport Unveil New Bus Shelter

CARTA’S Direct-to-Downtown Airport Express Costs Just $3.50

Just in time for the holiday travel rush, Charleston International Airport has installed a state-of-the-art bus shelter to accommodate an increasing number of passengers and airport workers riding Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) vehicles to and from the airport.

The new shelter, funded fully by the Charleston County Aviation Authority, offers solar-powered lighting and a comfortable waiting area for riders on CARTA’s Route 40 Airport Express and local Route 11 Airport/Dorchester Road. The perforated steel structure is located in the center median outside baggage claim.

CARTA’s direct-to-downtown Airport Express is just $3.50 one-way.

“With passenger numbers booming at Charleston International Airport, we couldn’t be happier that the Aviation Authority has stepped up to partner in such a big way,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings. “As more visitors than ever come to the Charleston area, we have to mitigate traffic impacts throughout the region, and a $3.50 direct connection from the airport to downtown is one way to do just that.”

CARTA reported today that the Airport Express saw a 30 percent year-over-year increase in passengers in October.

The Airport Express departs the airport hourly from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It delivers passengers to the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed on John Street, in the heart of the Charleston Historic District, and offers return service to the airport. Once downtown, riders can walk to nearby hotels, use the free CARTA Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) or hail a taxi or ride-sharing app, such as Uber or Lyft.

“Passengers want options and the Airport Express route is convenient and offers another transportation choice for those who fly in and out of the airport,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.

For the latest on CARTA, visit, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to download Transit, the CARTA-approved app, in Google Play or the App Store. Next arrivals can be obtained by calling or texting (843) 202-4410.


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