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Kiawah Island Airport Transportation

The closest airport to Kiawah Island is Charleston International Airport (CHS) (see direct flights to Charleston here), which is approximately a 45-minute drive from the island. You’ve got 2 Kiawah Island airport transportation options to and from the island:

Transportation Option 1: Rent a Car

Renting a car is the most convenient way to reach Kiawah Island. Websites like offer a variety of vehicles available for airport pickup. Having a rental car allows you the freedom to explore the island at your own pace and take day trips to nearby attractions such as Charleston and the 400 year old Angel Oak tree on Johns Island.

Transportation Option 2: Rideshare to Kiawah and Arrange a Return Service

Alternatively, you could use a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber to get to the island. Bear in mind there are no rideshare services or public transportation available on Kiawah Island, however the island is quite pedestrian and cyclist-friendly so if you are able, this could be a great option for you. When you are arranging your rideshare, a great tip is to check both apps (Uber and Lyft) as the prices can vary drastically. When you’re ready to return to the airport, you can arrange a private car service such as Island Transport.

Getting Around Kiawah Island Without a Car

Kiawah is very pedestrian friendly. Plus, with over 10 miles of bike-able beach and 30 miles of paved paths, one of the best ways to explore Kiawah is by bike. Bike rentals are available at reasonable prices from Cycling not only offers a fun way to get around the island (see our page about biking on Kiawah) but also provides access to areas like “Eagles Point”, by allowing you to cycle past the islands second gate, which are usually restricted to residents.

Where to Buy Groceries

Remember to stock up on supplies at the Harris Teeter at Fresh Fields, which is conveniently located at the entrance of the island. If you’re using a ride share service to get to the island, consider asking your driver to stop here so you can get your groceries on your way in.

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