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New York to Charleston: 4 Best Methods of Travel?

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New York City is one of the greatest & most iconic cities in the world, filled with skyscrapers such Empire State Building, one world trade center and the Rockefeller centre!

In addition, to it being a melting pot for culture, from Chinatown to Little Italy.

Whereas South Carolina is an historical masterpiece. My favourite place is Charleston which offers an intimate experience with a southern charm. From cobblestone streets to carriage rides and a variety of historic attractions. A road trip between New York City and Charleston is the perfect marriage of two different icons…both which offer there own unique character.

How far is Charleston, SC from New York?

Charleston is 765 miles from New York city. Driving direct this would take approximately 12hr 8 mins.

Charleston, South Carolina 

Charleston, South Carolina. Source:

New York to Charleston: Should you use Public Transport?

The best way of traveling between New York City and Charleston, South Carolina. Depending upon your travel style, Budget and Available time.

Do you want the sort of road trip where you can stop anywhere, anytime?? Then Car Rental is for you…See: Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!

However, if you don’t want to rent cars and drive long journeys then the Amtrak Train or Bus is a great budget option.

Methods of Travel between New York and Charleston, South Carolina
Transport Duration(Hr/mins) Cost($) Notes
Car/RV 12hr 8 mins 52.8 gallons. $132 (depending upon mpg) An independent road trip where can stop whenever you like!
Train 14hr  3 mins $80-$120

Yemassee Amtrak (twice daily)

Bus 14hr $60-$80 Starline Express
Flight 2hr 4 mins $120-$650 JetBlue Airways/Delta (Daily Flights)

Of course flights are the fastest but they also can be the most boring and expensive. But if you just want to “get there” then its a great option.

To compare the best flights to Charleston, we used Kayak

New York to Charleston Road Trip Map

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New York to Charleston Itinerary 

Enroute between New York and Charleston you get to stop of at some incredible cities along the way from Philadelphia to the US Capital, D.C

Richmond, Virginia and of course Charlotte, NC.

  1. New York City
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Baltimore 
  4. Richmond,Virginia
  5. Washington DC
  6. Charlotte, NC
  7. Charleston, SC

48 Hours in Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina has been a vibrant seaport and trading hub since the 1700s.

These days it looks much the same as it did back then with Narrow cobblestoned streets, high spired churches and historic landmarks such as Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out!

You will also find antebellum (“Pre War”)  houses in the beautiful French Quarter & Battery Districts.

While the Battery promenade and Waterfront park overlook Charleston Harbor. Boutiques, gift shops and antique stores can be found along King Street.

Whereas Broad, Queen and Church streets are home to many art galleries.


Charleston, South Carolina. Source:

Things to do in Charleston:

1. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens:

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the oldest plantations in Southern USA and is on the National Register of Historic places. Spread over 464 acres Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a great place to wander through and learn about the history of the area.Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is open November to February from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm with ticket sales ending at 4:00 pm. Spring hours, beginning in mid-March, to October, with opening time 8 am until 5:30 pm. Magnolia is open 365 days a year.

Address: On the Ashley River at 3550 Ashley River Road west of Ashley, Charleston County, South Carolina

Insider Tip:

Magnolia Plantation is Dog Friendly, Dogs are allowed to explore the gardens, be taken on tram tours and even allowed in the Plantation House.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens-Charleston

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens-Charleston. Source:

2. Patriots Point

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, at the mouth of the Cooper River on the Charleston Harbor. Here you will find fantastic exhibits, its a great place to go with the family where you will see World War II airplanes, Splashdown pods from NASA, and more.

There is even a Medal of Honor Museum , when you can read about the acts of Bravery war heroes performed.

Address: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, United States

3. Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens:

Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations, which has been continually growing crops for over 320 years! This is a Beautiful plantation where you can take a tractor tour through farmland, the butterfly room, and see the original slave cabins which are part of a self-guided tour. At the end you can take at seat at Gullah Theatre for an interactive presentation.

South Carolina Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch)

South Carolina Boone Hall is great during Halloween, they have an amazing Pumpkin patch see; Best Pumpkin Patches: U.S State Guide!

Address: 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, United States

4. Fort Sumter National Monument

A federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out!  In April of 1861, Lincoln sent supplies to this fort. 

5. Folly Beach: Charlestons best Beach! 

Although Charleston, South Carolina is not the first place which comes to mind when you think of great beaches…it does have a few surprises. If your here during the summer I suggest heading to Folly Beach on Folly Island, in South Carolina, which lies just south of Charleston. Here you will find Folly Beach Pier, which stretches than 1,000 feet into the ocean. A great place for crab fishing.  Whereas the Center Street is lined with surf and souvenir shops.

Where to Eat in Charleston?

1. The Bar at Husk

Slide onto a barstool at the “Bar at Husk” here you can have a sophisticated drink and try one of there Gourmet “Bar only burgers which includes Benton’s Bacon, with american cheese, sliced onions and butter pickles (a Southern staple).

Order this with a side of grilled wedges and wash it down with a Bourbon cocktail. There is also a version of this in Savannah, Greenville and Nashville, TN.

Address: 76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States

Insider Tip: 
Open every Saturday, from April to December, at Marion Square.

Charleston Farmers Market

Charleston Farmers Market.

3. 167 Raw

167 Raw is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Charleston here you will find contemporary seafood such as oysters, lobster rolls, fish tacos & more.

Insider Tip:

This place is no reservations and People can wait in lines down the block just to try a delicious lobster roll or tuna burger

Address: 289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States (They are also opening another on King Street very soon!)

4. The Glass Onion

The Glass Onion serves refined, locally sourced soul-food favourites in a charming environment. Be sure to try the fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese/grits.

Address: 1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407, United States

Where to Stay in Charleston?

Two of my favourite places to stay in Charleston include, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. A luxury hotel with outdoor pool and gourmet restaurant.

Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District is also incredible with a pool, meeting spaces and 24/7 meals.

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

For our full selection of recommended Hotels follow this link HERE.

Road Trip Tips:

How to get the best car rental Deals?

Check out: Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!

car rental travel hacks

car rental travel hacks

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