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There are 9 ways to get from Philadelphia to Charleston by plane, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Philadelphia to Charleston  •  4h 10m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Charleston (CHS) PHL - CHS

$169 - $732

Cheapest option

Bus via Richmond, Va  •  18h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Richmond, Va
  2. Take the bus from Richmond, Va to Florence, Sc
  3. Take the bus from Florence, SC to Charleston

$85 - $193

7 alternative options

Train to Baltimore, fly to Charleston  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Charleston (CHS) BWI - CHS

$225 - $847

Train to Newark, fly to Charleston  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Charleston (CHS) EWR - CHS

$168 - $888

Train to Reagan Washington, fly to Charleston  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Charleston (CHS) DCA - CHS

$180 - $618

Fly Philadelphia to Myrtle Beach, bus  •  6h 36m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Myrtle Beach (MYR) PHL - MYR
  2. Take the bus from Myrtle Beach, SC to Charleston

$109 - $707

Train, drive  •  14h 13m

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Yemassee Amtrak Silver Meteor / ...
  2. Drive from Yemassee Amtrak to Charleston

$104 - $283

Bus Starline Bus  •  17h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia to New York
  2. Take the bus from New York, NY - 95 Canal St. to Charleston, SC - C & W Super Buffet Star Line Express / ...

$92 - $94

Drive  •  11h 20m

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Charleston 677.6 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Charleston is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Charleston is to fly which costs $160 - $750 and takes 4h 10m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Charleston. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia and arriving at Meeting St / Mary St via New York, NY - 95 Canal St. and Rivers Ave / Credit Union Ln. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 53m.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Charleston is 565 miles. The road distance is 677.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Charleston without a car is to bus which takes 17h 53m and costs $92 - $94.

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It takes approximately 4h 10m to get from Philadelphia to Charleston, including transfers.

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Philadelphia to Charleston bus services, operated by Focus, depart from Philadelphia station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Charleston is to fly which takes 4h 10m and costs $160 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $92 - $94 and takes 17h 53m.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Charleston Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 2m.

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Philadelphia to Charleston bus services, operated by Starline Bus, arrive at Charleston, SC - C & W Super Buffet station.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Charleston.
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  • Distance: 565.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 10m

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Charleston, SC, USA?

American Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Delta fly from Philadelphia to Charleston hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Philadelphia to Charleston via New York, New York, NY - 95 Canal St., Charleston, SC - C & W Super Buffet, and Rivers Ave / Credit Union Ln in around 17h 53m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to Charleston via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Baltimore to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to Charleston via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Newark to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,500
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Myrtle Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to Myrtle Beach via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,400
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,800
Flights from Newark to Charleston via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,800
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Baltimore to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Baltimore to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Myrtle Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $1,200
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$80 - $190
First Class Seat
$150 - $220
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Newark Liberty International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Yemassee Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12h 49m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $280
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $150
Flexi Coach Seat
$170 - $250
Business Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Room
$400 - $550
Bus operators
South Eastern Stages
Phone
+1 877.836.7607 / 404.591.2750
Email
info@sestages.com
Website
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Myrtle Beach, SC to Charleston
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Florence, SC to Charleston
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Focus
Phone
+1 215-625-2727
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Philadelphia to New York
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20
Book at
gotobus.com
Starline Bus
Website
starlinebus.com
Bus from New York, NY - 95 Canal St. to Charleston, SC - C & W Super Buffet
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
starlinebus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
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 Philadelphia, Pa to Richmond, Va
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from Richmond, Va to Florence, Sc
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $85

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Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to Charleston is 678 miles. It takes approximately 11h 20m to drive from Philadelphia to Charleston.

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Frontier Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to Charleston Airport.

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There are 941+ hotels available in Charleston. Prices start at $127 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs $7.

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