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Getting to Savannah

November 12, 2010

Planning a trip to Savannah but wondering how best to get here?

This weekend we greeted a full house of guests who traveled to Savannah using a whole variety of means. Their arrivals helped to trigger this post.

By Air:

The Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Possibly one of the most laid-back airports in the country. At a whopping 15 gates, this airport is a breeze to get in and out of. Driving from the airport to the Catherine Ward House Inn takes about 17-20 minutes. Rental cars and taxi services are available. Although very convenient, airfares have jumped in price over the past few years. Expect to pay $275+ per ticket from most major cities. Also, because the airport is very small, there are a limited number of flights in and out of the airport each day – getting a direct flight from many major cities is extremely difficult.

The Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Jacksonville is located just 2 hours south of Savannah, by car. This, combined with extremely reasonable airfare prices makes the Jacksonville International Airport an excellent alternative to the Savannah-Hilton Head airport. Expect to pay between $150 to $300 per ticket from most major cities to fly into JAX. Of course, ticket prices vary, but this tends to be the range. As JAX is a slightly larger airport (20 gates), it averages far more flights than the Savannah airport – around 200 incoming fights per day.

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Atlanta is located approximately 4 hours from Savannah, by car. Though it is a longer drive than JAX, the Atlanta airport is a great resource for those traveling from areas that typically have higher airfare into smaller cities. ATL is the worlds busiest airport, so numerous affordable flights can be found every day.


By Rail:

Amtrak. Savannah is home to an Amtrak station. The station is only 15-20 minutes away from the Catherine Ward House Inn by car. The station is on the Silver Service/Palmetto Routes, which service numerous cities along the east coast including: New York – Washington, DC – Charleston – Savannah – Jacksonville – Orlando – Tampa/Miami.


By Car:

Savannah is located at the eastern terminus for I-16. I-95 is located 10 miles from the city of Savannah. US-17 connects the city of Savannah with southern South Carolina.

Travel times by car to Savannah include:

Atlanta, GA – 4 hours

Charleston, SC – 2 hours

Hilton Head, SC – 1 hour

Jacksonville, FL – 2 hours

Orlando, FL – 4 hours

Spartanburg, SC – 4 hours

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