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FAQ: How Can I get to Myrtle Beach?

By Bri Thomas

It’s beach time! Are you planning a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? It’s commonly asked: How can I get to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? Can I get around Myrtle Beach without a car? The most common types of transportation include traveling by trains, planes, and automobiles. Since Myrtle Beach has progressed over the years from a sleepy beach town to a popular tourist destination, it’s gotten much easier to get to the area and navigate around the Grand Strand. Below is a roundup of different transportation options to get to Myrtle Beach.


Flying To Myrtle Beach

AirplaneMany visitors decide to travel to Myrtle Beach by air. Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)  is a full-service airport that includes ATMs, restaurants, shops, and rental car companies. Many of the major carriers fly in and out of Myrtle Beach International. Airlines operating at MYR include Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Porter, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, and United Airlines. It’s common to score inexpensive flights, particularly during the off-season, making flying a budget-friendly option.


When your flight arrives at MYR, there are several options for getting between the airport and your resort including car rentals, taxicabs, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, limousines, and the public bus. 


If you plan on exploring all of Myrtle Beach, the ins and the outs, your best option is to get around by car. You can rent a car from one of the agencies located just a short walk from the Terminal Building. They are open until midnight daily with eight national rental car companies to choose from: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. They have options to help you find a car for your group size and financial budget needs! 


Driving To Myrtle Beach

Planning the ultimate road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina but need detailed directions? Myrtle Beach is easily accessible by car with the help of GPS navigation and traffic apps. Consider downloading one or more of these road trip apps on your phone for your next Myrtle Beach adventure: Google Maps, Apple Maps, MapQuest, Waze, Roadtrippers, inRoute: Route Planner, Maps.MW, TomTom Go Navigation, Scout GPS, CoPilot GPS Navigation, ETA Live Traffic Alert, and more. 


A network of highways link the area’s major thoroughfares to other cities, including S.C. 22, also known as Veterans Highway, U.S. 501, S.C. 31, also known as Carolina Bays Parkway and U.S. 544. There is no single major highway connecting the area, which means many routes are viable options, but also means that you won’t be traveling at highway speeds all the way into town.


If you're looking to avoid traffic and large crowds when driving to Myrtle Beach you may want to consider visiting during off-season months, like October- February. Arriving on a weekday may also decrease your travel time into town.


Riding a Bus to Myrtle Beach

If you’re on a budget and live within a reasonable distance, you can get to Myrtle Beach by bus.  The Greyhound Bus, the biggest bus network, has thousands of destinations across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. They have a bus stop finder tool that will help you find the address, directions, hours of operation, and contact details. 


Locally, the Coast RTA bus system consists of regularly scheduled routes in Horry and Georgetown Counties. The routes include Andrews, Bucksport, Conway, Garden City, Georgetown, Loris, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, and Surfside Beach. You can learn more information and book on the Coast RTA site. You can check out the Coast RTA Tracker for real-time tracking of your bus. 


Taking the Entertainment Shuttle 

A great option for once you have arrived in town, the Entertainment Shuttle, operated by Coast RTA, handles destinations from 3rd Avenue South along Ocean Boulevard to 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach and to attractions across from US 17 Bypass between 10th Avenue North/Mr. Joe White Blvd Ext and 21st Avenue North. Operating in the summer, there is no charge for this local transportation option. The shuttle runs daily every 30-35 minutes from 11 AM until 11 PM. 


Riding a Train to Myrtle Beach

Train travel to Myrtle Beach isn’t really feasible. The closest Amtrak stations are located in Florence, SC (70 miles away) and North Charleston, SC, (2 1/2 hours away) and you would have to arrange for further transportation into Myrtle Beach. However, it will get you one step closer to Myrtle Beach, depending on where you are traveling from.


Limousine and Taxis Services

Once you arrive in Myrtle Beach, there are taxicab services conveniently at the airport or around town to drive you around the area. These include Absolute Taxi, City Cab of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach Diamond Taxi, and Rock Star Taxi Cab. Another alternative, if you're having the time of your life, is upgrading your ride to a limo.  Check out the VMB Card partner, Limo-Scene Of Myrtle Beach. Limo-Scene is guaranteed to have the longest, most exotic limousines with a variety of stretch limousines in Myrtle Beach! With over 30 years in the limo business, they provide a safe, and reliable service at reasonable prices.


Lyft and Uber

Request a ride, jump in, and go at any time of day! Once you arrive in Myrtle Beach, rideshare services like Lyft and Uber can be your own personal ride and guide for getting around the area. The Lyft and Uber app matches you with local drivers in just a few short minutes. Whether you’re riding solo or hitting the town with your friends, see all vehicle options available in your area. 


There’s no shortage of ways to get to Myrtle Beach and around Myrtle Beach once you arrive. Start planning your next getaway with our vacation specials.


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