Arlington to Charleston Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $64
Fastest Way Flight — 5h 49min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 80 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — bus, train, flight and by car
Distance 450 miles
Travel Companies Amtrak
Bus
$65 · 14h 47min · 82 lb of CO2
Washington to Charleston
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Train
$97 · 10h 8min · 113 lb of CO2
WAS to CHS
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Flight
$279 · 5h 49min · 523 lb of CO2
DCA to CHS
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Arlington to Charleston Flights

There are 3 airports — DCA, IAD, BWI — that make sense to fly out of from Arlington and 1 airports — CHS — to access Charleston. The best deals are usually found by flying out of IAD.

Out of the 4 total modes of travel to Charleston from Arlington, a flight is the quickest method.
Drive
$61 · 7h 50min · 89 lb of CO2
Arlington to Charleston

Drive from Arlington to Charleston

It's 451 miles between Arlington to Charleston. On a typical day, it might take between 7h 50min and 8h 13min from Arlington to Charleston under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 8h 37min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Charleston by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $60.

What is the best way to travel from Arlington to Charleston?

The are 12 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Arlington to Charleston. Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from Arlington to Charleston?

On your trip from Arlington to Charleston, it is best to book as soon as possible. It won't necessarily help reduce your price by a large amount, but will ensure that you have a spot on the bus or train.

Is the train or the bus better from Arlington to Charleston SC?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Arlington to Charleston. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Charleston is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Arlington/Charleston buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Arlington is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Arlington VA and Charleston during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from Arlington to Charleston? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Charleston traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Charleston is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from Arlington to Charleston?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Arlington to Charleston is by bus. The bus costs $64 roughly and will take 14 hours 29 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from Arlington to Charleston?

Amtrak costs about $98 between Arlington and Charleston. In total, the train will take roughly 10 hours 17 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at WAS Washington Union Station, which is 6 miles from Arlington. Further, once you arrive at CHS Charleston Amtrak or you will still have 8 miles to Charleston.

How long does it take from Arlington to Charleston by car?

The total distance between Arlington and Charleston is 451 miles and will take you about 7 hours 50 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $61.

Travel companies on this route

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Amtrak Amtrak from Arlington to Charleston
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