Greenville, SC Travel Guide

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Getting Around Greenville, SC

The best way to get around Greenville is on foot, by bike or by hopping on the free trolley, which runs year-round Thursday through Sunday. Greenville is easily accessible by car from Interstate 85, which runs right through the city; the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) welcomes flights from five major carriers. While there are several car rental services (including Hertz, Budget and Avis) and one taxi company that provide transportation to and from the airport, taxi service in the city itself is limited. Rideshare services like Lyft are also available.

On foot or bike

Many of Greenville's attractions, including Falls Park, several museums and more than 100 restaurants, are located in the pedestrian-friendly downtown district. If you prefer not to walk, the six-seat solar powered Main Street Shuttle offers complimentary rides throughout that area. Cycling is also popular and many of the bike trails run throughout the downtown area. The city has its own bike-share program, Greenville B-Cycle, which operates eight locations in the downtown area. There are also several bike rental shops located downtown, including Reedy Rides.

Trolley

The colorful red and blue open-air downtown trolleys run on a loop from the West End to the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District in the North Main Street district, with 20 stops throughout the route. The downtown trolleys run year-round on Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. Riding the trolley is free.

Bus

The public bus system, Greenlink, operates 11 fixed routes across Greenville County. Single fares cost $1.50; fare boxes on the buses accept cash only. Day passes are available for $5.

Taxi

Taxi service in Greenville is limited and you'll need to call for a ride around town, but rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are available. Car services are also available for longer trips or airport transportation. 

Car

Driving in the city of Greenville is easy and parking is plentiful in the downtown area. Be on the lookout for cyclists on the many bike paths throughout the city. If you want to venture farther, Interstate 85 is easily accessible and if you need to rent a car, you can do so at the airport or at several locations within the city.

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