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Free Public Transportation in Charleston

Updated: November 16, 2023

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

Charleston Trolley DASH

DASH Lines:

Depending on where you are going, there are three DASH lines to choose from:

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

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

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 14.10.16 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.

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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 Year's Day.

Charleston Travel Tips

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.


About The Author

Scott Nelson

Scott has led over 2,000 tours of Charleston and has more than 1000 5 star reviews. He started working in museums at the age of 16 (Unsinkable Molly Brown House) and hasn't looked back. He was the Executive Director of Heurich House and on the historic interpretation/ education staff at Mount Vernon, both in Washington DC, for over 6 years. Scott moved to Charleston in 2012 for a job with the Historic Charleston Foundation and began leading tours for Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: November 16th, 2023
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