Getting Around, Myrtle Beach Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - SC, USA)
Easily accessible by air and road, most visitors choose to fly into Myrtle Beach, or travel by car from one of the nearby centers. Boasting an international airport situated at the city limits, offering a range of ground transport options, Myrtle Beach can be reached directly from many US cities and from a limited selection of international destinations. Alternatively visitors to the Myrtle Beach area may choose to fly to one of the region's bigger air hubs.
The coast is best discovered by car and you will find rental outlets dotted throughout the city's main tourist areas and at the airport. It is also possible to travel to Myrtle Beach by bus or train, although these routes often involve a change at a nearby city.
Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) / Arriving by Air
Myrtle Beach International Airport has limited international flights and it is therefore often more convenient to fly into one of the region's other airports. The airport is situated just off the Highway 17 bypass and a number of airlines including AirTran, Continental Airlines, Delta, Hooters Air, Northwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Express and USAirways operate flights in and out of here. Should you not be able to find a direct flight to the airport, there are several alternative air hubs situated within range. South Carolina's largest airport is at Charleston
, which offers numerous domestic flights to major cities across the US and some international destinations. Alternatively, visitors may choose to fly into Conway-Horry County Airport, Grand Strand Airport or Loris-Twin Cities Airport, while busier air terminals can be found at Atlanta
Renting a car is a great way to discover and travel along the beautiful South Carolina coast. However, Myrtle Beach is notoriously congested at times, particularly on Highway 17, the main thoroughfare into the city. Veteran's Highway is a good alternative to Highway 17, while Highway 501 travels to the Waccamaw Factory Shoppes and several popular golf courses. Ocean Boulevard runs parallel to Highway 17 and is a busy center. Car rental is recommended should you wish to explore the outer districts of the city. Rental cars are available at Myrtle Beach International Airport, with all the major rental travel agencies such as Avis, Dollar and Budget being represented.
Buses and Coaches
There are coastal bus services operated by Coastal Rapid Public Transit that travel regularly along the waterfront and beach areas, passing through Myrtle Beach and various destinations in both Florida to the south and North Carolina to the north. Greyhound buses arrive from Charleston and Wilmington, where connections can be made to other major US cities.
Three Amtrak routes travel through South Carolina, with major stops at Greenville, Clemson, Columbia and Charleston among other destinations. The closest and most convenient stops for reaching Myrtle Beach are either Charleston or Columbia.
The Great American Trolley operates a route along Ocean Boulevard to Broadway at the Beach, providing tourists with a convenient link between the former stretch of hotels and the latter shopping and entertainment complex.
Taxis are easy to come by in Myrtle Beach, with dozens of taxi firms operating cabs 24 hours a day. The city's taxis can either be pre-booked in advance or hailed in the street and make a convenient way to travel around the Myrtle Beach area. However, visitors are advised to find alternative transport for longer trips, as taxi travel can prove expensive.