Although transportation by car is generally the easiest method of travel, the Waccama Regional Transport Authority does provide bus service via The Coast RTA
to cities up and down the Grand Strand. Cost varies per route and fees are processed on a cash-only, exact change basis. The Coast consists of more than 80 vehicles and offers service 362 days per year.
Once the home base to the legendary but now defunct Hooters Air, Myrtle Beach's International Airport
is located conveniently just south of Hwy. 501 and Rt. 17. Daily short and long-haul flights are provided by Delta, US Airways, American Eagle, Continental, Spirit Air, among others. Daily flights are available from cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta and New York. The airport is currently in the process of a major expansion, including the addition of five additional gates and enhancements to both the commercial and private aviation terminals. .
Train travel is not the most expedient way to access Myrtle Beach. Travelers visiting by train
should head to Florence, South Carolina, approximately two hours from Myrtle Beach, or to North Charleston, a 2.5-hour drive. Visitors arriving by train should plan to rent a car through a major retailer located at either of the train stations.
Driving is the preferred method of Myrtle Beach transportation. Be aware that much of the parking is permitted only and or metered, particularly during peak travel season (March 1 - September 30). Permits are generally included with rental or lodging fees, and metered parking is often payable via both cash and cell phone. Short term and day parking lots are also available. Car rental agencies are located at the airport through major agencies like Hertz, Avis and Budget.
The Grand Strand area offers bus service transportation through The Coast RTA
and Lymo Bus Service
. More than 80 busses service routes to major tourist destinations and to nearby cities like Conway and Georgetown.
Taxi service is available to and from the airport and along major public thoroughfares in Myrtle Beach proper. Fares begin at $1.50, with $2.40 per mile thereafter, with a $1 charge per each additional passenger. Cab fare from the airport to Broadway at the Beach is about $15.