South Carolina Transportation

South Carolina Transportation

The South Carolina transportation grid is comprised of the following:

Major and Regional Airports in South Carolina

South Carolina has seven major airports. These airports act as regional airport hubs. However, the Charleston International Airport is the biggest and the busiest airport in South Carolina. The Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is situated across the border in North Carolina. It is the 30th busiest airport in the world. The major airports of South Carolina are:

  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport - Columbia
  • Charleston International Airport - North Charleston
  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport - Greenville/Spartanburg
  • Florence Regional Airport - Florence
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport - Myrtle Beach
  • Hilton Head Airport - Hilton Head Island/Beaufort
  • Rock Hill/York County Airport - Rock Hill

South Carolina Rail

South Carolina Passenger

In South Carolina, Amtrak has the service of four passenger routes. Those are, the Crescent serving the Upstate cities, the Silver Star serving the Midlands cities , and the Palmetto and Silver Meteor routes serving the Lowcountry cities.

South Carolina Freight

The CSX Transportation (CSXT) and The Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) are the main freight carriers of South Carolina

Major Highways in South Carolina

The major interstate highways that run through South Carolina are:

  • Interstate 20
  • Interstate 26
  • Interstate 73 
  • Interstate 74 
  • Interstate 77
  • Interstate 85
  • Interstate 95
  • Interstate 126
  • Interstate 185
  • Interstate 385
  • Interstate 520
  • Interstate 526

The Interstate 20 runs from Florence in the east through Columbia to the southwestern border near Aiken while the Interstate 26 starts from Charleston in the southeast and then runs through Columbia to Spartanburg and the northern border in Spartanburg County. The Interstate 77 runs along York County to Columbia. The Interstate 85 serves as the major route from Cherokee County in the north through Spartanburg and Greenville to the southwestern border in Oconee County. The Interstate 385 starts from Greenville while the Interstate 95 runs from Dillon County to the southern border in Jasper County.

The major US highways that pass through this state are:

  • U.S. Route 1
  • U.S. Route 17
  • U.S. Route 21
  • U.S. Route 25
  • U.S. Route 29
  • U.S. Route 52
  • U.S. Route 76
  • U.S. Route 178
  • U.S. Route 221
  • U.S. Route 278
  • U.S. Route 321
  • U.S. Route 378

South Carolina is regarded as a nationally "Worst" state for a high fatality rate from litter/debris-related accident of vehicles. The condition was still as worse as in March 2008 when the American Society for Public Administration rated it the worst.

South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)

South Carolina Department of Transportation Agency Overview
SCDOT Formed May 13, 1977
SCDOT Preceding Agencies South Carolina Highway Commission
South Carolina Department of Transportation and Highway Safety
SCDOT Headquarters Columbia
SCDOT Agency Executive H.B. "Buck" Limehouse, Jr., Secretary of Transportation

List of Airports in South Carolina

Airport Location FAA IATA ICAO Airport Name
Commercial Service - Primary Airports
North Charleston CHS CHS KCHS Charleston International Airport / Charleston AFB
West Columbia CAE CAE KCAE Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Florence FLO FLO KFLO Florence Regional Airport
3 mi from Greer GSP GSP KGSP Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (Roger Milliken Field)
Hilton Head Island HXD HHH KHXD Hilton Head Airport
Myrtle Beach MYR MYR KMYR Myrtle Beach International Airport
Reliever Airports
Columbia CUB CUB KCUB Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport (was Columbia Owens Downtown)
Rock Hill UZA RKH KUZA Rock Hill/York County Airport (Bryant Field)
General Aviation Airports
Aiken AIK AIK KAIK Aiken Municipal Airport
Allendale 88J     Allendale County Airport
Anderson AND AND KAND Anderson Regional Airport
Andrews PHH ADR KPHH Robert F. Swinnie Airport
Bamberg 99N     Bamberg County Airport
Barnwell BNL BNL KBNL Barnwell Regional Airport (was Barnwell County Airport)
Beaufort ARW BFT KARW Beaufort County Airport
Bennettsville BBP BTN KBBP Marlboro County Jetport (H.E. Avent Field)
Bishopville 52J     Lee County Airport (Butters Field)
Camden CDN CDN KCDN Woodward Field
Charleston JZI   KJZI Charleston Executive Airport
Cheraw CQW HCW KCQW Cheraw Municipal Airport (Lynch Bellinger Field)
Chester DCM   KDCM Chester Catawba Regional Airport
Clemson CEU CEU KCEU Oconee County Regional Airport
Conway HYW   KHYW Conway-Horry County Airport
Darlington UDG   KUDG Darlington County Jetport
Dillon DLC DLL KDLC Dillon County Airport
Georgetown GGE GGE KGGE Georgetown County Airport
Greenville GMU GMU KGMU Greenville Downtown Airport
Greenville GYH GDC KGYH Donaldson Center Airport
Greenwood GRD GRD KGRD Greenwood County Airport
Hartsville HVS HVS KHVS Hartsville Regional Airport
Kingstree CKI   KCKI Williamsburg Regional Airport
Lancaster LKR   KLKR Lancaster County Airport (McWhirter Field)
Laurens LUX   KLUX Laurens County Airport
Loris 5J9     Twin City Airport
Manning MNI   KMNI Santee Cooper Regional Airport
Marion MAO   KMAO Marion County Airport
Moncks Corner MKS   KMKS Berkeley County Airport
Mount Pleasant LRO   KLRO Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (Faison Field)
Newberry EOE   KEOE Newberry County Airport
North Myrtle Beach CRE CRE KCRE Grand Strand Airport
Orangeburg OGB OGB KOGB Orangeburg Municipal Airport
Pageland PYG   KPYG Pageland Airport
Pelion 6J0     Lexington County Airport at Pelion
Pickens LQK LQK KLQK Pickens County Airport
Ridgeland 3J1     Ridgeland Airport
Saluda 6J4     Saluda County Airport
Spartanburg SPA SPA KSPA Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport
St. George 6J2     St. George Airport
Summerville DYB   KDYB Summerville Airport
Sumter SMS SUM KSMS Sumter Airport
Union 35A USC   Union County Airport (Troy Shelton Field)
Walterboro RBW RBW KRBW Lowcountry Regional Airport
Winnsboro FDW   KFDW Fairfield County Airport
Other Public-Use Airports (not listed in NPIAS)
Calhoun Falls 0A2     Hester Memorial Airport
Clio 9W9     Clio Crop Care Airport
Darlington 6J7     Branhams Airport
Graniteville S17     Twin Lakes Airport
Green Sea S79     Green Sea Airport
Hampton 3J0     Hampton-Varnville Airport
Hemingway 38J     Hemingway-Stuckey Airport
Holly Hill 5J5     Holly Hill Airport
Lake City 51J     Lake City Municipal Airport (C.J. Evans Field)
Lancaster T73     Kirk Air Base
Landrum 33A     Fairview Airport
McCormick S19     McCormick County Airport
Orangeburg 1DS     Dry Swamp Airport
Timmonsville 58J     Huggins Memorial Airport
Trenton 6J6     Edgefield County Airport
        Other Military Airports
Beaufort NBC   KNBC MCAS Beaufort (Merritt Field)
Eastover MMT MMT KMMT McEntire JNGB
North XNO   KXNO North Air Force Auxiliary Field
Sumter SSC SSC KSSC Shaw Air Force Base
        Notable Former Airports
Lane 43J     Lane Airport (closed 1983)
North Charleston       NAS Charleston (closed after WWII)
Parris Island       Page Field (Marine Corps airfield, closed 1950s)