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The Georgia and South Carolina region, like many other parts of the South, is a region where almost everyone is dependant on a car for getting around. In other words, public transportation is available, but relatively limited outside the bigger cities in the region.
Driving Directions to Atlanta, Georgia
All roads lead to Atlanta. It's in the crossroads of the South, with I-75, I-85, and I-20 all crossing through the city. State Road 78 and State Road 316 connect Athens to Atlanta. I-16 runs from Savannah westward, joining up in Macon with I-75.
I-95 runs parallel to Georgia's coast, and cuts inland in South Carolina. U.S. Highway 17 follows the South Carolina coast, branching off of I-95 south of Charleston and continuing north through Myrtle Beach. I-26 connects Charleston to points inland.
Distances from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head and Charleston
The coastline of this region extends about 300 miles from Sea Island in southern Georgia, to Myrtle Beach in the north. Below is a list of approximate distances and driving times from Atlanta and Charleston to other major points in the region. Atlanta and Charleston are about 325 miles and 7 hours' drive from one another.
- Myrtle Beach: Atlanta - 360 miles, 6 hours; Charleston - 100 miles, 2 hours
- Hilton Head Island: Atlanta - 280 miles, 4 hours 20 minutes; Charleston - 110 miles, 2 hours
- Savannah: Atlanta - 250 miles, 3 hours 50 minutes; Charleston - 110 miles, 2 hours
- Sea Island: Atlanta - 315 miles, 5 hours; Charleston - 185 miles, 3 hours 20 minutes
- Athens: Atlanta - 75 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes; Charleston - 300 miles, 4 hours 40 minutes
Charleston to Savannah by Train
One Amtrak line can serve as transportation within the region. This is the Palmetto/Silver Service line, which connects North Charleston to Savannah in under two hours, with one train in the morning and one train in the afternoon, each direction.
Bus from Myrtle Beach to Charleston and Savannah. Georgia
You can reach virtually every destination in the region via the bus line, be it Greyhound, Peter Pan, or some other smaller line. The smaller the stop the less frequently buses arrive. Major terminals can be found in Atlanta, Charleston, and Macon; smaller ones can be found in Myrtle Beach and Savannah.
Savannah and Charleston also have city bus services that can get you to most points of interest.
Atlanta Public Transportation - MARTA
Within Atlanta there is a decent transportation service to most major points in the metro area. It's called MARTA, and it's comprised of buses, a light rail, and a shuttle service. The central station for buses and the light rail is Five Points Station, in downtown. There are four major lines for the light rail, and it does a pretty good job of covering the city's major destinations.
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