Getting Around Savannah

The best way to get around Savannah is by foot and by car. This compact city of 22 squares, filled with lively fountains, eclectic sculptures, shade trees and flowers, is most easily (and enjoyably) explored by walking. Driving will enable you to go where your feet can't, but be sure to come prepared with lots of quarters to feed the hungry parking meters. Savannah also operates a fleet of buses, which make stops throughout the city and its outskirts. Cabs are another pretty affordable way to get around, and these can be hailed or called ahead. To get from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), located about 10 miles northwest of the city, you can take a shuttle, bus, rental car or taxi.

On Foot

Savannah's gorgeous gardens, squares and riverfront are made for strolling, but you should pace yourself during the sweltering summertime. Nothing can quite ruin a day in Georgia like dehydration or heat exhaustion.


Having a car will be helpful, especially if you plan on staying in the outskirts or visiting nearby attractions like Tybee Island. But if you park it downtown, make sure to bring change for the meters. You'd find several car rental companies stationed at the airport as well as downtown.


Savannah does operate a bus system, run by the Chatham Area Transit (or CAT). One-way tickets for the bus are $1.50, or you can buy a day pass for $3, and transfers are free; tickets can be purchased on board, but make sure to have exact change. CAT also operates a free shuttle, which makes 30 stops in the historic city center.


If you're partaking in Savannah's rip-roaring nightlife, you might find yourself in need of a cab for the ride home. Luckily, they're pretty affordable, and they operate 24 hours a day. Standard taxi fare is about $2 a mile, but if you're headed to the airport or Tybee Island, most cab companies offer a flat rate.

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