Hilton Head Travel Guide

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Getting Around Hilton Head

The best way to get around Hilton Head is by car and bike. Hilton Head is small (only 42 square miles), so you don't need to travel too far to get from one part of the island to the other (it takes about a half-hour by car). And with more than 60 miles of bike-friendly trails that weave through the island, you may find that you won't need your car all that much to begin with. Keep in mind that there is little to no public transportation on the island of Hilton Head. If you're staying at a resort, it will likely offer an area shuttle, otherwise, there's the seasonal Breeze trolley service.

Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) is the main airport that services Hilton Head. While this is the closest airport to Hilton Head's resorts, it offers a limited flight schedule. Many travelers fly into Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), which sits about 45 miles south of Hilton Head. From there, travelers usually opt to rent a car, hire a taxi or take a ride-hailing service, such as a Lyft or Uber, to get to the island.

Car Due to Hilton Head's small size, it may not seem necessary to rent a car, but it will come in handy if you plan to explore beyond your resort. You can rent a car at either airport. 

Bike

Hilton Head is incredibly bike friendly. In fact, the island has been recognized by the American League of Bicyclists as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. Visitors can take advantage of more than 60 miles of bike-friendly trails that connect to scenic spots on the island, including the beach, where it's possible to cycle along the shore thanks to the hardpacked sand. Many of the island's resorts offer bike rental services, but if your accommodations don't, you'll find there are plenty of bike rental shops to choose from. Rentals start at around $20 a day. Popular shops include Island Life Bike Rentals, Bon Bicycles and the Bike Doctor.

Public Transportation 

Public transportation within Hilton Head is not robust. However, if you're visiting between March and October, you can rely on The Breeze – the island's trolley service. The trolley travels to some of Hilton Head's most visited areas, including Coligny Beach Park and Shelter Cove Harbor. The Breeze is a modest $1 per ride and runs from 1 to 10 p.m. every day except Friday and Saturday, when it operates until midnight. You pay with cash upon boarding or you can prepay with the BreezePass app; cards aren't accepted and drivers don't have change. Trolleys arrive at stops every 30 minutes.

Taxi 

There are multiple taxi companies that operate on Hilton Head. From the Hilton Head Island Airport, you will pay between $14 and $36 for your ride, depending on your destination. From the Savannah airport, rides cost $80 to $85 one way, depending where your accommodations are located. Ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, are also available.

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