How to Book Train Travel From Charleston to Savannah


Travel by train from Charleston to Savannah for a scenic, inexpensive and time-saving alternative to motor vehicle travel between these beautiful Southern cities. At a little over an hour in travel time, Amtrak's Silver Meteor and Palmetto lines whisks passengers from a mini-metropolis to a charming, slow-moving Eden of Southern living at less cost than a tank of gas.

Things You'll Need

  • A credit or debit card.
  • A computer or PDA with access to the Internet.

Book Tickets

  • PDA your way into a Charleston-bound reservation with Amtrak's new PDA-friendly Web feature.

  • Procure the best deals via by booking via the Internet, but call if you're confused. Amtrak's automated phone system is a snap, and the phone reservationists are feeling neglected since the online revolution.

  • Save a few bucks by booking early. Last-minute reservations can cost over $30 extra, and be impossible to come by.

  • Book Silver Meteor morning service if you're an early riser, and grab breakfast in Savannah. Choose the Palmetto service to travel later in the day.

  • Visit Amtrak's Web site for the least expensive and most efficient means of procuring tickets from Charleston to Savannah.

Prepare for Train Travel

  • Make advance transportation arrangements to the Charleston station on Gaynor Street, as it's about 8 miles from downtown!

  • Pack light, a beverage at most, as this short jaunt will be over before you know it.

  • Negotiate taxi fare before getting underway to the Charleston station, or risk spending a lot more than you should on transportation.

  • Hit the snack car for a wide array of snacks, quick bites, beer, wine and sodas or fill up on Southern yummies in Charleston.

Tips & Warnings

  • Book holiday and weekend travel early, as limited departures and higher volume make reservations scarce!
  • Click your way into a hot deal by clicking the orange button of the same name at Amtrak's Web site.
  • Give the AAA a call, if you're a member. You can make reservations and sometimes get discounts by using their travel service.
  • Call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit the link below.
  • Charleston is short on cabs, so midday excursions bode better if you'll require a public lift to the train station!
  • Don't dream of boarding without a ticket. You risk arrest or citation at worst, big time hassle at least!
  • Know that limited service between Charleston and Savannah can spell sell outs, so book early!
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