Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Charleston Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
The only drawback, however, was a lack of food. There are NO vending machines in the airport, and believe me, we looked. – George
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Charleston International Airport.
What to Expect
Charleston International Airport consists of a small, recently renovated terminal with two concourses (Concourse A and Concourse B), connected airside by walkway. There is a decent selection of eateries, shops and other services on both sides of security. After airport restaurants and shops close for the night, the vending machines in baggage claim are the only in-airport snack option. Plan ahead and purchase your food and drinks before the concessions close. WiFi is available and there are plenty of outlets for charging mobile devices. There are no private lounges at this airport.
Where to Sleep
After security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Airport staff and security are described as friendly, and do not mind people sleeping in the terminal. Seating near the baggage claim is described as fairly comfortable. If you intend to sleep in this terminal consider bringing eyeshades, as the lighting remains bright throughout the night. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide a free shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
If sleeping at the Charleston Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport with free airport shuttles:
- Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport– (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available 24 hours a day. » Check Rates
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel North Charleston – Convention Center – (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available to the airport, convention center and Tanger Outlet Mall. » Check Rates
- Embassy Suites North Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center – (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Charleston Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Charleston Airport. Connect to the “CHSFREEWIFI” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines
Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside.
Baby Care Facilities
Baby changing facilities can be found in the family restrooms throughout the airport.
Location: landside, to the left of the main entrance towards the baggage claim and car rental area.
Duty Free and Shopping
Duty Free is not available at the airport. Hudson News offer 3 locations including one in the Central Marketplace where you will also find an Eddie Bauer Shop, Low Country Harley Davidson Shop and a Tech to Go. Landside you can pick up souvenirs at Veranda News/Discover Charleston.
Food & Drinks
At the time of this update it is not known if there are any 24 hour food concessions. The following restaurants are available:
- Concourse A – Charleston Beer Works
- Concourse B – Desano Pizza Bakery • Dunkin Donuts • Samuel Adams Brewhouse.
- Central Marketplace – Burger King • Caviar and Bananas • Harvest and Grounds • Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill
- Near Ticketing, Landside – Harvest and Grounds.
- Baggage Claim – vending machines
Location: landside, between Arrivals and Baggage Claim. Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM (Daily). In addition, airport ambassadors can be found throughout the airport to provide assistance.
Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Luggage carts are available in the Baggage Claim area at the airport. Carts cost $3.00 ($1.00 bills, quarters and credit cards are accepted) with a $0.25 refund upon return.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
There are over 2000 electrical outlets and USB ports available for mobile device charging.
The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoint is open from approx. 10:00AM – 5:00 PM.
As of November 2018, Charleston airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • Allegiant • American Airlines • British Airways • Delta • Frontier • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The NASH (North Area Shuttle) offers nonstop express service between the airport and downtown Charleston. From downtown, passengers can transfer to the free DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) shuttle service, which stops at several key destinations. At the time of this November 2018 update, one-way fare for the NASH is $3.50 per person. For route maps and schedules, visit the CARTA website.
Onsite car rental agencies operate within the Rental Car Pavilion, located near Baggage Claim. The following car rental agencies are available in the pavilion: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Offsite car rental agencies can be accessed via shuttle. You must call for your shuttle pick-up and head to the stops located on the center curb outside the baggage claim. The following car rental agencies are available at the offsite location: Dollar and Thrifty.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Aloft Charleston • Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites • Charleston Plaza Hotel • Courtyard North Charleston Airport/Coliseum • Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport Convention Center • Embassy Suites by Hilton North Charleston – Airport/Hotel & Convention • Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston North/Ashley Phosphate • Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel North Charleston – Convention Center • Home2 Suites Charleston Airport / Convention Center • Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport / Conv. Center • Hyatt Place Charleston Airport and Convention Center • Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport • Residence Inn Charleston North • Residence Inn by Marriott – Charleston Airport
Taxis and Shared Ride Shuttles
Taxis and shared-ride shuttles are readily available in the ground transportation area of the terminal. All taxis are metered and reservations are not required. For a list of estimated fares, visit the Charleston Airport website.
Last updated: 2018-11-07
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.