There are 5 ways to get from Louisville to Charleston by bus, train, car, plane or taxi

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Bus  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Louisville, Ky to Cincinnati, Oh
  2. Take the bus from Cincinnati, Oh to Columbus, Oh
  3. Take the bus from Columbus, Oh to Charleston, Wv

$55 - $131

4 alternative options

Bus, train  •  11 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Louisville, KY to Indianapolis, IN - Amtrak 8251 / ...
  2. Take the train from Indianapolis Amtrak to Charleston Amtrak Cardinal

$84 - $186

Drive  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Louisville to Charleston 248.8 miles

$24 - $35

Fly to Charleston  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Louisville (SDF) to Charleston (CRW) SDF - CRW

$224 - $1,119

Fly to Ashland, taxi  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Louisville (SDF) to Ashland (HTS) SDF - HTS
  2. Take a taxi from Ashland to Charleston

$282 - $953

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No, there is no direct bus from Louisville to Charleston. However, there are services departing from Louisville, Ky and arriving at Charleston, Wv via Cincinnati, Oh and Columbus, Oh. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 12 min.

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The distance between Louisville and Charleston is 225 miles. The road distance is 248.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Louisville to Charleston without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 12 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 12 min to get from Louisville to Charleston, including transfers.

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Louisville to Charleston bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Louisville, Ky station.

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The best way to get from Louisville to Charleston is to bus which takes 8 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 5 h 15 min.

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There is no direct flight from Louisville Airport to Charleston Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 42 min and has one stopover.

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Louisville to Charleston bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Charleston, Wv station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Louisville to Charleston is 249 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 1 min to drive from Louisville to Charleston.

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United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Louisville Airport to Charleston Airport.

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Map of how to get from Louisville to Charleston.
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  • Distance: 225.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 12 min

What companies run services between Louisville, KY, USA and Charleston, WV, USA?

You can take a bus from Louisville to Charleston via Cincinnati, Oh and Columbus, Oh in around 8 h 12 min. Alternatively, Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Louisville to Charleston hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Louisville to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Louisville to Charleston via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Louisville to Charleston via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Louisville to Ashland via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Louisville to Ashland via Chicago O'Hare, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Louisville to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Louisville to Charleston via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Louisville to Charleston via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Louisville to Charleston via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Indianapolis Amtrak to Charleston Amtrak
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$250 - $360
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Louisville, Ky to Cincinnati, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$28 - $40
Bus from Cincinnati, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Columbus, Oh to Charleston, Wv
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $55
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Louisville, KY to Indianapolis, IN - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Taxi from Ashland to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150

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The best way to get from Louisville to Louisville Airport is to line 02 bus which takes 27 min and costs .

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