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Ground Transportation is available at Charleston International from early morning until after the last arriving flight each night. All ground transportation is located in the center median outside baggage claim. In addition to airport taxi and shuttle services, hotel shuttles, public transportation, off-site rental car shuttles and ride share pickup is located in front of the terminal.



The Downtown Shuttle for downtown Charleston is $14 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes of request. The shuttle is a shared ride and may make other stops downtown, depending on the number of passengers. For other transportation options to and from the airport, please visit the airport's transportation web page.


Taxi Services

All taxis are metered at $2.52 per mile up to two passengers. For three or more passengers a fee of $14 per passenger will be charged. The estimated taxi rate to the Francis Marion Hotel is $30. All taxi and shuttles accept MasterCard, American Express, VISA and Discover credit cards.


Driving Directions

The hotel is 12 miles from the Charleston International Airport. For comprehensive directions, please use Google Maps or access more information here.


Limousine Services

Hotel recommends Mitch’s Limo Service by appointment. Please call  For more information call 843-270-6902.


Public Transportation

CARTA, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority, offers nonstop and express bus service to and from downtown Charleston and the airport via the North Area Shuttle (NASH) Express for $3.50 per person per trip. Check the NASH schedule and hours of operations for additional details.


Upon arrival downtown, CARTA offers free trolley rides throughout the Charleston Metropolitan area, which includes DASH service around the Historic Peninsula area. Access a service area map here.


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The Francis Marion Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Charleston with access to a wide array of dining options to excite any pallet. Below are a few of the options right outside the doors of the hotel; for a full list of dining options, visit the Charleston Visitor's Bureau page.


Coast Bar and Grill

Charleston’s freshest seafood, with laidback Lowcountry style. Coast’s chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce available. Featuring wood-grilled fish, a full raw bar, and a refreshing drink list. Outdoor seating available. View the menu here or call (843) 722-8838


Halls Chophouse

Halls Chophouse is a family steakhouse restaurant located in the Upper King District of Charleston, South Carolina. We value hospitality, superior American cuisine and a dining experience that guests revere. This fine dining restaurant features live music every night, classic jazz on select evenings and soulful sounds during the Gospel Sunday Brunch. View the menu here or call (843) 727-0090 for more information.


Victor Social Club

Elegant cocktail lounge taking guests back to the days of Hemingway. Known for fine spirits, VSC is a destination for generous hospitality, fine cuisine & creative cocktails. View the menu here or call (843) 230-3001 for more information.


Virginia's on King

This sophisticated Southern dining spot blends the comforts of a traditional Southern kitchen with familiar regional dishes prepared with the utmost care for quality and flavor. The menu incorporates local fresh ingredients and old family recipes to bring you Southern cooking, Lowcountry style.  View the menu here or call (843) 735-5800 for more information.


The conference hotel also hosts a fine dining restaurant, The Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar, for your dining pleasure.


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Charleston attractions & cultural points of interest:


Charleston Strolls

Enjoy an adventure into the past on a two-hour history tour through the streets of Charleston. Founded in 1979, Charleston Strolls was the first daily walking tour in the city of Charleston. The two hour history tour takes you where motorcoaches and carriages are not allowed, giving guests an intimate glimpse into the historical city. As you walk through cobblestone streets and quaint alleys, past antebellum mansions and private gardens, Charleston Strolls immerses you into the most charming — and the best — city in the world. Visit the Charleston Strolls website for more information, or call (843) 722-8687. 


Fort Sumter Tours

Charleston's "must do" - travel back in time by boat and experience where the Civil War began with Fort Sumter Tours. Boats depart daily from downtown and Patriots Point. Daily walking tours of Fort Sumter are also offered. Visit the Fort Sumter Tours website for more information, or call (843) 722-2628.


Haunted Jail Tours

The Haunted Jail Tour offers a historical and intimidating look into the city’s most haunted building: the Old City Jail. A grey and grim castle-like structure in downtown Charleston, the Old City Jail was once home to the city’s most disturbed criminals. From the time it was built in 1802 until 1939, thousands of men, women, and children — wrongly jailed or not — died inside the confines of the prison. Don’t be afraid to stroll with the guides through the halls and up the steps and into the jail that were featured in numerous paranormal investigative television shows like Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, and Paranormal State. Some visitors claim to have seen objects move, while others hear voices and the slamming of doors — but regardless of what you may or may not believe, no one leaves without a lot to think about. Visit the Haunted Jail Tours website for more information, or call (843) 722-8687. 


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia has been selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens" (Travel + Leisure Magazine), and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina! Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. Visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens website for more information, or call (843) 571-1266.


Old South Haunted Carriage Tour

On this 40-minute twilight tour, discover where spirits are reported to linger. A licensed guide will regale you with spooky tales from Charleston’s long history as you pass haunted alleys, graveyards, churches, hotels – and even a dungeon. Visit Old South Carriage Tour's website for more information, or call (843) 723-9712.


Palmetto Carriage Works - Carriage Tours

Palmetto Carriage Company is the oldest carriage tour company in town! Tour historic downtown Charleston by mule or horse-drawn carriage with some of the most experienced personnel in the Charleston carriage industry. They are a family-owned company and pride ourselves on providing authentic carriage tours that you will remember for years to come! Visit Palmetto Carriage Works website for more information, or call (843) 853-6125.


South Carolina Aquarium

At the South Carolina Aquarium overlooking the Charleston Harbor, connect with more than 5,000 amazing animals and learn how you can protect them. Come face-to-face with sick and injured sea turtles in rehabilitation at our newest addition, Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery, and follow their journeys from rescue to rehab to release. Visit our two touch tanks for a hands-on experience with stingrays, sharks, horseshoe crabs, sea stars and urchins. Learn fascinating details about the natural world at daily dive shows and animal encounters. Discover the wonder of water, wildlife and wild places at the South Carolina Aquarium. Visit the South Carolina Aquarium website to make reservations, or call (843) 577-3474.


If you would like to explore more of Charleston,check out the Charleston Visitor's Bureau site for more options.


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