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Charleston Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Charleston Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel near the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

The only drawback, however, was a lack of food. There are NO vending machines in the airport, and believe me, we looked. - George

Airport Overview

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 during their time at Charleston International Airport.

What to Expect

  • Charleston is described as a small, but congested and dusty airport due to the ongoing construction and renovations.
  • There are two concourses (Concourse A and Concourse B), connected airside by walkway. The small selection of shops and restaurants are mostly located airside.
  • The airport provides free WiFi. See WiFi below.

Where to Sleep

  • Reviewers mentioned some comfortable benches are available in the baggage claim area, with power outlets nearby. Bright lights and construction noise are the downside, so have a sleep mask and earplugs or noise cancelling headphones handy!
  • After security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to landside only. Passengers sleeping airside will be required to go back to landside until security reopens, and will need to clear security again to re-enter.
  • There are no hotels directly at the airport. However, there are nearby hotels that provide a free airport shuttle. See Airport Hotels below.

Good to Know

  • 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.

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Charleston Airport Information

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.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at this time.

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Airport Hotels

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.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Charleston Airport. Connect to the “CHSFREEWIFI” network.

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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.
  • Business Center - Location: landside, to the left of the main entrance towards the baggage claim and car rental area.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • 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.
  • Information Desk - 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 Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - Over 2000 electrical outlets and USB ports are available for mobile device charging.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoint is open from approx. 10:00AM - 5:00 PM.

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As of February 2018, Charleston airport is served by the following airlines: Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The NASH (North Area Shuttle) offers nonstop express service between the airport and downtown Charleston. The bus stop is located outside of the terminal, near the baggage claim area. From downtown Charleston, passengers can transfer to the free DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) shuttle service, which stops at several key destinations. At the time of this December 2017 update, one-way fare for the NASH is $3.50 per person. For route maps and schedules, visit the CARTA website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies operate within the Rental Car Pavilion, located near Baggage Claim. The following car rental agencies are available in the pavilion: 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: Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

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.

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Last Updated: 31 October 2017

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