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Why Rent a Bus in Charleston?

Charleston's French Quarter in the evening

Like many cities in the Southeast, Charleston doesn’t have extensive or frequently-running public transportation. You can rely on taxis or rideshares if you’re willing to split up your group, or you can spring for a charter bus that keeps everyone together. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to each method of transportation in Charleston:

  • CARTA (Charleston Regional Transportation Authority): CARTA’s public buses are affordable, and the city even offers frequently-running DASH shuttles from popular destinations like the aquarium and College of Charleston. If you want to go to less-visited landmarks, though, you’ll quickly find that the buses may not get you there.
  • Taxis and rideshares: Charleston has multiple taxi services as well as Uber and Lyft. Taxis or rideshares can quickly get you where you want to go, but you’ll probably have to split your large group into smaller groups and pay for each rideshare individually. This isn’t only expensive—it can also become a problem if you’re traveling with children or teenagers who need supervision.
  • Charter buses: A charter bus runs on your schedule, takes you only to the stops on your itinerary, and has space for your entire group. However, charter buses can become expensive, so they’re a better choice for large groups who have funding from an organization or who can split the cost among the passengers.

Field Trips and Historical Tours of Charleston

Kids playing in seated circle

Charleston’s rich history is one of its primary attractions. Whether you’re planning a field trip or traveling with a tour group, you won’t want to miss the city’s many colonial buildings. Take your students to the Heyward-Washington House to learn about Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of 4 South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence, or about when General George Washington stayed there overnight during the Revolutionary War.

You can expand your lessons on the American Revolution with a trip to the Powder Magazine, which dates back to 1713 and features historical reenactments called “Rebels & Redcoats,” or to St. Michael’s Church. Built in 1752, St. Michael’s Church is the oldest church in Charleston that’s still fully operational, and it sits in the middle of one of Charleston’s historic districts. After you visit the church, you can simply stroll around to see dozens of other historic buildings.

Heyward-Washington House

Address: 87 Church St, Charleston, SC 29403

Charter bus parking: The best options will be street parking on Broad Street near the corner of Church or on Meeting Street near the corner of Tradd.

The Powder Magazine

Address: 79 Cumberland St #3112, Charleston, SC 29401

Charter bus parking: Like many locations in Charleston, The Powder Magazine doesn’t have its own parking. Your bus will probably need to drop you off and park in a public paid lot.

The spire of St. Michael's church

St. Michael's Church

Address: 71 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401

Charter bus parking: You may be able to find street parking on Broad Street near the corner of Church Street.

Weddings in Charleston

Because of its historic buildings and beautiful water views, Charleston has become a popular destination for weddings. If you’re dreaming of a beach wedding, you can book a location like Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, where you can get married on the sand or on a pier overlooking the ocean. Or maybe you want to be on the water instead of near it. In that case, plan your wedding on a riverboat with the help of Charleston Harbor Tours.

Charleston isn’t only about the coast, though. You can also get married in the heart of the city. Book a historic building like the 1881 Cigar Factory or a modern event venue like Cannon Green, and trust Shofur to provide a shuttle for your wedding. We can take your guests safely from their hotel to the ceremony and reception venues so you don’t have to worry about anyone getting lost or needing a DD.

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

Address: 20 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Charter bus parking: The resort mainly relies on valet parking, so you’ll want to contact them ahead of time to let them know you’re bringing a charter bus.

Bride and groom on boat covered by blowing veil

Charleston Harbor Tours

Address: 10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401

Charter bus parking: There are several parking lots close to the pier, though you will need to pay so your bus rental can use them.

Cedar Room in the Cigar Factory

Address: 701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403

Charter bus parking: Guests can park in the Cigar Factory parking lot after 5 p.m. Street parking is also available.

Cannon Green

Address: 103 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403

Charter bus parking: Cannon Green recommends parking in the lots at 216 Rutledge Avenue or 217 Rutledge Avenue.

College Tours in Charleston

Although a city as historic as Charleston can hardly be called “a college town,” Charleston is home to multiple universities and overflows with students. If your high school seniors want to tour the College of Charleston or you need to set up a campus shuttle service, Shofur can help.

When you contact our 24/7 customer service team, we can provide a full-size bus to take your youth group to Charleston Southern University or a minibus to help your sorority get to a charity event. Just let us know when you need transportation, and we’ll provide a comfortable bus operated by a professional driver. Here are some of the universities we can provide transportation to in Charleston:

College of Charleston main academic building

College of Charleston

Address: 66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424

Charter bus parking: CofC generally asks visitors to park in garages or in metered spaces. If you’re bringing a bus, you should let the college know when you book your visit online.

The Citadel

Address: 171 Moultrie St, Charleston, SC 29409

Charter bus parking: The Citadel has multiple visitor parking lots, but you can let the school know you’re taking a bus and request specific parking information when you book online.

Medical University of South Carolina

Address: 171 Ashley Ave Suite 419, Charleston, SC 29425

Charter bus parking: You can reserve a group tour and parking for your group of pre-med students online.

Charleston Southern University

Address: 9200 University Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29406

Charter bus parking: CSU has visitor parking, but you should let the university know you’re bringing a bus rental when you arrange your group tour by emailing admissions@csuniv.edu.

Corporate Events in Charleston

Rainbow Row in Charleston

Charleston hosts many corporate events, from trade shows to training seminars. If you’re planning a conference at the Charleston Area Convention Center or a company cocktail party at the South Carolina Aquarium, Shofur can provide a charter bus with plush seats and WiFi to help your employees get around without worrying about parking or paying for Ubers. Just give us a call before your next event at these Charleston venues.

Charleston Area Convention Center

Address: 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418

Charter bus parking: The convention center shares its parking lots with the North Charleston Coliseum, and your bus can park there for a fee.

South Carolina Aquarium

Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

Charter bus parking: The Aquarium has signs for motorcoach drop-off and pick-up that your bus rental needs to follow. After they drop you off, your driver will find metered parking along Washington and Concord streets.

Book a Charter Bus to Explore Charleston’s History

A charter bus offers one of the most convenient ways to experience Charleston’s Revolutionary War buildings, colleges, and seaside hotels. Call Shofur at 1-800-436-8719 to book your bus rental for your next trip to South Carolina’s most historic city.

Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Charleston

Vehicles Passengers Luggage Hourly Min Hrs Cross State
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CHARTER BUS

57 55
$110 - $170
5
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MINI BUS

25 7
$105 - $160
5

Charter Bus Companies Serving Charleston , South Carolina

  • Bus Company : 1003

    Insurance

    $5,000,000

    Reported crashes

    0

    In Business since

    2001

    Buses in fleet

    3

    US DOT #

    19*****

    US DOT Verified

    Yes

    Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

    CHARTER BUS

    1 Setra 2006 56

    CHARTER BUS

    2 MCI 1999 55
  • Bus Company : 1013

    Insurance

    $5,000,000

    Reported crashes

    0

    In Business since

    1998

    Buses in fleet

    0

    US DOT #

    69****

    US DOT Verified

    Yes

    • Bus Company : 1075

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      0

      US DOT #

      25****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

    • Bus Company : 1089

      Insurance

      $0

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      38

      US DOT #

      21****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      7 Prevost 1994 52

      MINI BUS

      8 Prevost 2000 28

      CHARTER BUS

      15 Prevost 2010 56

      CHARTER BUS

      8 Prevost 2000 56
    • Bus Company : 1130

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1985

      Buses in fleet

      0

      US DOT #

      45****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

    • Bus Company : 1138

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      2005

      Buses in fleet

      8

      US DOT #

      14******

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      1 MCI 1999 55

      CHARTER BUS

      1 MCI 1998 55

      CHARTER BUS

      2 MCI 2000 55

      CHARTER BUS

      1 MCI 2001 55

      CHARTER BUS

      1 MCI 2003 55

      MINI BUS

      2 Krystal 2005 21
    • Bus Company : 1174

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1989

      Buses in fleet

      0

      US DOT #

      42****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

    • Bus Company : 1178

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      2010

      Buses in fleet

      2

      US DOT #

      21*****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      2 Van Hool 2005 57
    • Bus Company : 1186

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1980

      Buses in fleet

      8

      US DOT #

      86****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      3 Prevost 2000 54

      CHARTER BUS

      3 Prevost 2005 54

      CHARTER BUS

      2 Prevost 2014 54
    • Bus Company : 1189

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1990

      Buses in fleet

      0

      US DOT #

      27****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

    • Bus Company : 1191

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      2000

      Buses in fleet

      0

      US DOT #

      11*****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

    • Bus Company : 1213

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      2010

      Buses in fleet

      1

      US DOT #

      80****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      1 MCI 2001 56
    • Bus Company : 1214

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1970

      Buses in fleet

      1

      US DOT #

      92***

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      1 Van Hool 2005 57
    • Bus Company : 1252

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      2005

      Buses in fleet

      1

      US DOT #

      17******

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      1 MCI 2005 57
    • Bus Company : 1283

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      5

      US DOT #

      18*****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      5 Setra 2007 56
    • Bus Company : 1313

      Insurance

      $0

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      6

      US DOT #

      22*****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      6 MCI 0 55
    • Bus Company : 1315

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1970

      Buses in fleet

      44

      US DOT #

      14*****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      44 MCI 2010 55
    • Bus Company : 1562

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      1

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      29

      US DOT #

      19****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      29 MCI 2010 55
    • Bus Company : 1708

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      1

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      100

      US DOT #

      10******

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      50 Prevost 2012 56

      MINI BUS

      50 Mercedes 2012 16
    • Bus Company : 2027

      Insurance

      $1,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      3

      US DOT #

      70****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      3 MCI 0 55
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Reviews

  • Kay

    We couldn't find a charter bus out of Charleston to save my life. Called over 10 companies in South Caroline and Georgia. Shofur was somehow able to get us a bus.

Questions in Charleston

  • Quincy 13-06-2020

    How much does it cost to rent a charter bus in Charleston SC? ?

  • Shofur Staff 13-06-2020

    You could rent a bus in Charleston for $675.00 for up to 5 hours.

  • Mats 11-03-2020

    Our school is planning a trip to Orlando. What would this cost and how can we be prepared? ?

  • Shofur Staff 11-03-2020

    You would need the following prepared to accurately quote you. The number of passengers, pick-up, drop-off location,date and time.

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