Getting Around Savannah
The best way to get around Savannah is on 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 or biking. 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 and ride-hailing services are another way to get around, and these can be hailed or called ahead. Visitors can also take a free ferry ride to Hutchinson Island via the Savannah Belles Ferry. 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.
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.
If you tire of strolling Savannah's historic squares, consider getting around via bike. There are several bike rental shops within the city center and some even offer tours. Savannah On Wheels and Electric Bikes of Savannah are two companies that received praise from recent travelers.
Having a car will be helpful, especially if you plan on staying in the outskirts or visiting nearby attractions like Tybee Island or the Wormsloe State Historic Site. But if you park it downtown, make sure to bring change for the meters, or consider downloading the free smartphone app, ParkSavannah, which allows you to pay, extend and manage your parking session from your phone. You'll find several car rental companies stationed at the airport, as well as downtown.
Savannah operates a bus system, run by Chatham Area Transit (or CAT). One-way tickets for the bus cost $1.50; day passes cost $3, and transfers are free; tickets can be purchased on board, but make sure to have exact change. CAT also operates a free dot Express Shuttle, which makes 24 stops in the historic city center. The free shuttle runs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can also hop on a CAT bus from the airport to downtown Savannah (though it'll take you twice as long as a cab). One-way bus fares from the airport cost $5.
If you're partaking in Savannah's rip-roaring nightlife, you might find yourself in need of a cab for the ride home. Standard taxi fare is $2 for the first 1/6 of a mile, $0.32 per 1/6 of a mile thereafter. Ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, also operate in Savannah. If you're taking a cab from the airport, you'll pay a fixed rate of around $28.
To reach Hutchinson Island (home to the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa), travelers can hop aboard the free Savannah Belles Ferry. You can jump on the boat on River Street at the City Hall. The ferry service operates daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.
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