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Savannah Transportation

Getting There

Train

Amtrak's Palmetto train serves Savannah, running between New York and Miami, with stops in Orlando, Jacksonville, Charleston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia on the way. The Silver Star train follows a similar route. The trains have a bar car, dinettes and sleeper cars. It's an especially nice way to travel to Charleston, just under two hours away. The small Amtrak station is on Seaboard Coastline Drive, in a fairly undeveloped area just west of the city.

Bus

Greyhound serves Savannah from a small station in the Historic District. Buses go pretty much everywhere from here, though you may have to stop in a major hub like Atlanta or Washington, D.C., along the way.

Airport

The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is 7 miles northwest of the city center. It serves both Savannah and South Carolina's Hilton Head Island resort community, just across the border. Delta, Continental, US Airways, United Express and American Eagle serve much of the Eastern Seaboard. Since many of the travelers at the airport are Hilton Head-bound, it tends to be much more crowded during high season and on weekends. There's only one terminal, which makes things easy on travelers rushing to the airport laden down with gift bags. There are a number of ways into town, including taxis and shuttles.

Getting Around

Taxis

More than a dozen taxi companies serve Savannah. Fares are generally $2 for the first 1/6 of a mile and $0.32 for each additional 1/6 of a mile. A cab from the airport to the Historic District will run you $28. You can sometimes hail a cab in the Historic District, but don't count on it if it means the difference between making and missing a flight. Hotel concierges and restaurant hosts will be happy to call one for you.

Public Transit

Savannah's public bus system is operated by Chatham Area Transit (CAT) (www.catchacat.org). Most routes ply a loop in the Historic District, which consists of Oglethorpe, Abercorn, Broughton and MLK streets. Route 2 goes to and from the airport. Route 14 hits the Savannah and Oglethorpe malls. Fares are $1.50. Since the narrow streets of the Historic District can be a drag to drive on, the CAT is a nice alternative to walking.

Driving
Given that downtown Savannah is a perfect grid, driving is not particularly tricky. That said, the streets of the Historic District are often crowded with visitors, and the smaller residential lanes can be narrow. The city's so walkable that most travelers will simply ditch their car at the hotel and hoof it. Or you could actually, you know, literally hoof it—there are plenty of horse carriages plying the downtown.
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