When you book your plane tickets to South Carolina, you’re booking a trip to the quintessential US southern state. The sultry heat of summer induces a slower pace of life, and the friendly politeness of the locals – not to mention the distinctive southern accent – is as much a part of the appeal as the lush gardens, stunning coastline, major lakes and rich history. The surrounding landscape runs from rugged mountains to rolling fields, and even in the busiest cities you’re never that far away from the wonders of nature.
Cheap flights to South Carolina can be found all through the year, although the time you choose to go may depend upon whether you’re worried about thunderstorms or not. During the summer, temperatures average around 90F, humidity is high and many afternoons are disrupted by the rumble of thunder. During the winter, the temperature inland can drop as low as 40F, remaining higher along the coast, and snow of any kind is extremely rare throughout the bulk of the state, with the exception of the famous Blue Ridge Mountains.
Finding the best value plane tickets to South Carolina is often a question of tailoring your itinerary, and the Orbitz search tool makes this easier than ever. By clicking on ‘Nearby airports’ you’ll be given a list of the cities from which you can fly into South Carolina, and those airports you can land at, enabling you to select the cheapest or most convenient flight. At the same time the ‘Show flexible dates’ option allows travelers to select direct or indirect flights across a flexible time scale.
Charleston International is the busiest airport in South Carolina, handling just under 4 million passengers per year, flying from cities across the US. It is located 11 miles outside the city of Charlestown, and is actually a joint civil-military operation. The airport terminal was redeveloped as recently as October 2016, and as such offers high levels of comfort and convenience. Cars can be hired at the airport, which is located close to Interstates 26 and 526. The CARTA bus service also runs to and from the airport, offering two routes to Charleston between 6am and midnight, while taxis with fixed rates are available.
Greenville–Spartanburg International is located at the midpoint between the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg in the Upstate region of South Carolina. It is the second busiest airport in the state, handling 2.23 million passengers per year. It currently handles domestic flights exclusively, via five different airlines.
The following airlines are a few of those offering direct flights to South Carolina from US cities:
Like most of the US, South Carolina has roads which are in excellent condition. There are 11 interstate highways running through the state and, taken together with other roads such as state highways, they offer 41,500 miles of high quality driving. There is little in the way of public transport to travel around the state, so hiring a car on arrival is an absolute must.
As both the largest city and state capital, Columbia is packed with attractions, activities and a vibrant nightlife driven by the student population of the University of South Carolina. Some areas of the city are more pedestrian-friendly than others, and walking around is probably the best way to enjoy the architectural delights of buildings like the South Carolina Statehouse. If retail therapy is what you’re looking for, then head to the Five Points district, which is packed with local independent shops, and is also the location of the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina, located on a peninsula between the rivers Ashley and Cooper. Many buildings dating from hundreds of years ago are still intact in Charleston, and a guided local history walking tour is by far the easiest way to discover the best of them. Other attractions include the French Quarter and Fort Sumter, which is a 30-minute ferry ride away.
Approximately 14 million tourists per year flock to Myrtle Beach, drawn by 60 miles of wide, white, pristine beaches, the bars, clubs and restaurants that make up Broadway On The Beach and attractions like one of the world’s largest reptile parks and the Legends in Concert live music tribute show.
There is relatively little crime in most of the major tourist areas of South Carolina, although venturing further afield in larger cities such as Charleston may increase the risk. One crime to watch out for is that of being ‘grossly intoxicated’ in a public place. The level of intoxication is vague, but being arrested while drunk can lead to a fine, community service and compulsory AA meetings.