Free Public Transportation in Charleston: DASH Trolley

While we will always advocate walking as the best way to see a new city, sometimes you’re in a rush or tired or it’s just too far away. There is a second option for free public transportation in Charleston: DASH Trolley.

The CARTA bus system also operates a free trolley through the historic Charleston peninsula.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 14.10.09 Route 210 (Orange) drives from College of Charleston to the Aquarium. (Printable .pdf Map)

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 14.10.04Route 211 (Green) will take you to the waterfront, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and City Market (Printable .pdf Map)

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 14.10.16Route 213 (Purple) connects Brittlebank Park and Riley Stadium to historic city center. (Printable .pdf Map)

All three routes converge at the Visitors Center, Marion Park and Charleston Museum.

Whether you plan ahead or happen to see one as you walk along the streets, you must wait at an Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 14.07.14official CARTA bus stop, denoted by the green signs. Drivers will not make special stops to pick up or drop off passengers. As you’re waiting at your stop, make sure you note which bus line and destination is approaching so you get on the right one! Signal to the driver that you’d like him to pick you up and you’re on your way.

The CARTA DASH Trolley does not operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years Day.