There are 8 ways to get from Washington to Charleston by plane, train, car or bus

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Fly Reagan Washington to Charleston  •  3h 33m

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Charleston (CHS) DCA - CHS

$65 - $218

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Train to Baltimore, fly to Charleston  •  3h 47m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Charleston (CHS) BWI - CHS

$100 - $406

Fly Washington Dulles to Charleston  •  3h 58m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Charleston (CHS) IAD - CHS

$100 - $492

Fly Washington Dulles to Hilton Head, drive  •  5h 44m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Hilton Head (HHH) IAD - HHH
  2. Drive from Hilton Head to Charleston

$128 - $622

Train, drive  •  11h 29m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Yemassee Amtrak Palmetto / ...
  2. Drive from Yemassee Amtrak to Charleston

$72 - $101

Train, bus  •  15h 8m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Fayetteville Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Fayetteville to Florence
  3. Take the bus from Florence to Charleston, SC

$95 - $138

Bus  •  17h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Raleigh, Nc
  2. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Florence, Sc
  3. Take the bus from Florence to Charleston, SC

$82 - $128

Drive  •  8h 46m

  1. Drive from Washington to Charleston 539 miles

$50 - $80

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington to Charleston is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 8h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to Charleston is to fly which costs $60 - $220 and takes 3h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington to Charleston. However, there are services departing from Washington, Dc and arriving at Transit Mall via Raleigh, Nc, Florence and Dorchester Rd / South Allen Dr. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 46m.

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The distance between Washington and Charleston is 455 miles. The road distance is 539 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington to Charleston without a car is to train and bus which takes 15h 8m and costs $95 - $140.

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It takes approximately 3h 33m to get from Washington to Charleston, including transfers.

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Washington to Charleston bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Washington, Dc station.

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The best way to get from Washington to Charleston is to fly which takes 3h 33m and costs $60 - $220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $130 and takes 17h 46m.

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The quickest flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Charleston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 36m.

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Washington to Charleston bus services, operated by Southeastern Stages, arrive at Charleston, SC station.

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Map of how to get from Washington to Charleston.
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  • Distance: 455.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 33m

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and Charleston, SC, USA?

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta fly from Washington to Charleston every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Washington to Charleston via Raleigh, Nc, Florence, Sc, Florence, Charleston, SC, and Dorchester Rd / South Allen Dr in around 17h 46m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Baltimore to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $330
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $390
Flights from Baltimore to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $360
Flights from Washington Dulles to Charleston via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $470
Flights from Washington Dulles to Hilton Head via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Charleston
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Washington Dulles to Hilton Head
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Washington Dulles to Charleston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Washington Dulles to Hilton Head via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Washington Union Station to Yemassee Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Business Seat
$130 - $190
Train from Washington Union Station to Fayetteville Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Premium
$220 - $310
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $130
Business Seat
$85 - $120
Bus operators
Southeastern Stages
Phone
+1 404-591-2750
Email
info@sestages.com
Website
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Fayetteville to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Florence to Charleston, SC
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
southeasternstages.com
Bus from Raleigh to Florence
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
southeasternstages.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 Washington, Dc to Raleigh, Nc
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $45
Flexible
$55 - $80
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Florence, Sc
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington to Charleston is 539 miles. It takes approximately 8h 46m to drive from Washington to Charleston.

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Southwest Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Charleston Airport.

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There are 728+ hotels available in Charleston. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Reagan Washington Airport is to subway which takes 15 min and costs $2 - $3.

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