The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
is about 45 minutes from Hilton Head, across the state line in Georgia. Delta, Continental, US Airways, United Express and American Eagle serve much of the Eastern Seaboard. The airport tends to be much more crowded during high season and on weekends, though it's generally a pretty laid-back place. There's only one terminal, which keeps things simple. You'll find a number of shuttle buses that can whisk you straight from the airport to your hotel in Hilton Head.
The closest you can get to Hilton Head by train is to head to Savannah. 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 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.
As with the train, the closest you can get here by long distance bus is to take a Greyhound
to Savannah. The bus company 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.
Several taxis serve Hilton Head, but this isn't the kind of place where you can expect to hail a cab on the street. If you're going to need a ride, plan on carrying the number of a car service or having your hotel concierge or restaurant host call for you. A few options include Checker Cab (843-842-8294), Low Country Taxi & Limo (843-681-8294) and Island Taxi (843-683-6363).
Hilton Head is connected to the mainland by a causeway bridge. Highway 278, also known as Fording Island Road on the mainland, becomes the William Hilton Parkway as it crosses onto the island. Driving here is simple, as the roads are wide and well-maintained, and there's plenty of parking. Nothing complicated about it at all.
Palmetto Breeze Transport
provides limited service between Hilton Head and other Lowcountry locations. Route 307 travels between Gifford and Hilton Head, Route 310 goes from Hampton to Hilton Head, Route 320 goes from Ruffin to Hilton Head, and Route 503 goes from Bluffton to Hilton Head. This last route will probably be most useful, as Bluffton is a popular place for day excursions from the island.