These days, the monopoly that taxi cabs have on getting visitors around a city is quickly coming to an end.
Over the past few years, your only option other than a cab was public transportation. Frankly, both means of transportation have their drawbacks. Public transport can be slow, inefficient, and crowded. Taxis can be expensive, and not everyone has had the best experience. Many times they won’t want to give rides out of town, either — a major issue if you are coming from somewhere outside the city limits.
Those are several reasons that rideshare companies — Uber & Lyft — have been all the rage. The services offer highly efficient transport for relatively cheap prices. Drivers use their own cars, which are usually newer and nicer than your typical cab. And since there are so many drivers, you never have to wait long for a ride and they are fairly cheap.
If you are flying into the Charleston area or simply want a ride to the port so that you don’t have to park for $17 per day, then Uber & Lyft can get you to the cruise terminal.
Note: If you are a first-time user with Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive a $15 free ride credit good toward your first rides.
Here are maps of the Uber and Lyft service areas for the Charleston area. If you are in the shaded region, then you can get a ride to the port:
Estimated Fares to the Charleston Cruise Port
We’ve rounded up the estimated cost of catching an Uber or Lyft from various points in the area. Keep in mind that for these rates up to four passengers can ride (UberXL and Lyft Plus are for six riders). So the more people you are traveling with, the lower your cost per rider.
Taxi fares include a customary 15% tip. Uber doesn’t use tipping, and it is optional with Lyft.
For those unfamiliar, here is a breakdown of the different options shown above:
UberX – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
UberXL – Upgraded service, carrying up to six passengers in an SUV
Lyft – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
Lyft Plus – Service carrying up to six passengers
If you are not already an Uber or Lyft user, you can sign up in minutes by downloading the app to your smartphone. If you planning to use Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive a $15 free ride credit good toward your first rides.
More on Cruising From Charleston
Getting to the Port of Charleston — Transportation options from airports and the Charleston area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Charleston Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.
Charleston Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.