This post tells you everything you need to know about riding the DASH trolley, the free trolley through Charleston.
For all the things to see and do in Charleston, many of which are on the DASH line, check out our master post, Things to Do in Charleston, for even more ideas.
What is the DASH Trolley?
The DASH is a free trolley that has three routes that run through Charleston.
While we will always advocate walking as the best way to see a new city, the DASH Trolley will likely save you time getting from place to place.
It's also perfect for those with children or mobility issues.
For more free things to do in Charleston, check out our post here.
Depending on where you are going, there are three DASH lines to choose from:
Route 210 (Orange) drives from the College of Charleston to the Aquarium. (Map & Schedule)
Route 211 (Green) will take you to the waterfront, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and City Market (Map & Schedule)
Route 213 (Purple) connects Brittlebank Park and Riley Stadium to the historic city center. (Map & Schedule)
Click on the map to enlarge and find schedules.
All three routes converge at the Visitors Center, Marion Park, and Charleston Museum.
You can pick up a DASH Trolley map at the Official Charleston Area Visitor Center at 23 Ann Street.
You can also download the "Transit" app on your phone for real-time bus locators, find nearby stops, and check notices for public transportation.
Riding the DASH Trolley
Whether you plan ahead or happen to see one as you walk along the streets, you must wait at an official 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.
The DASH trolley takes you close to a lot of places listed on our tourist discount pass, a great money-saving way to see the most of Charleston.