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Routes161
Trips per day253
bus lines6
Stations4
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City Information

As the capital city of South Carolina, Columbia offers plenty of historic attractions and exciting activities that will keep tourists of all ages satisfied. Sitting at the heart of the city is the South Carolina State Museum, which boasts the most impressive collection of permanent and changing exhibits in the state, as well as in the Southeast. One of the top highlights of the museum is its amazing planetarium that has a height of 55 feet. If you are traveling with kids, EdVenture should certainly be on your list. The museum’s prime attraction is a giant 10-year-old with his own fake digestive tracts and vertebrae, allowing kids to explore anatomy with ease. Nature lovers should not miss out on the chance to enjoy an outdoor day at Lake Murray, which features a vast range of activities such as boating, fishing, paddling, etc.

Columbia features an exciting food scene that is brimming with new talents. For an amazing lunch, The Gourmet Shop and their famous chicken salad will be a great choice. If you wish to enjoy a dinner with wine, Lula Drake is the place to be.

Columbia’s principal bus station is located 710-A Buckner Rd on the outskirts of the city. The main Amtrak train station is located on Pulaski St in the heart of downtown near the University of South Carolina campus. Columbia is served by Amtrak’s Silver Service line. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is the main airport and it is located five miles southwest of the city.

Station Information

The Bus Terminal on 710-A Buckner Road is the main intercity bus station in Columbia and is served by several bus companies, including Greyhound and Southeastern Stages. The terminal offers an indoor waiting area with benches, vending machines, and restrooms. Buses leave from this station daily to destinations like Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Baltimore, and Orlando. Transport throughout Columbia is also convenient, as the Comet, a public transit bus service, connects the Columbia Bus Terminal with the Amtrak Station and Columbia's airport.

Popular bus stations in Columbia:

  • Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd

  • 1729 Broad River Rd

  • 1715 Broad River Road

  • 7400 Wilson Blvd

What bus companies travel to Columbia, South Carolina?

Located in South Carolina, Columbia is accessible by bus from 161 other cities. You can choose from 253 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Columbia on Wanderu. Jefferson Lines usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Columbia are also available.

Bus companies serving Columbia

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Tornado Bus8223h 15m$206.47
Jefferson Lines521d 16h 44m$196.66
Southeastern Stages203h 0m$31.57
El Expreso Bus620h 42m$187.10
PandaNY Bus68h 33m$100.00
Wanda Coach68h 23m$79.14

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a bus ticket to Columbia?

$12.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Columbia, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Columbia. In the last month, buses from Camden to Columbia had the lowest average price at $13.40.

Where is the bus station in Columbia, SC?

The busiest bus station in Columbia is Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Columbia are:

  • Bus Terminal - 710-A Buckner Rd
  • 1729 Broad River Rd
  • 1715 Broad River Road

Which bus service has the best service to Columbia?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Columbia by bus with Megabus giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Megabus had the most comfortable bus service to Columbia taking into account the seats and amenities that Megabus offers. They rate Megabus a 4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Columbia punctually travelers suggest that Megabus has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Columbia, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Is Columbia a popular bus travel destination?

Columbia is the third most popular destination for bus trips in South Carolina. It also ranks number 504 in United States. Columbia has the most bus connections in the region. There are 79 bus schedules arriving in Columbia each day.

What is the population of Columbia?

The population of Columbia is 133803. Columbia ranks number 2 in terms of population in South Carolina and number 263 in all of United States.

How much do bus tickets to Columbia cost?

Bus tickets to Columbia range from $12 for a short trip to Columbia, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Columbia starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Columbia can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $16 .

What type of traveler does Columbia attract?

People who take the bus to Columbia are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Columbia easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What bus station is located closest to the city center of Columbia?

The closest bus station to the city center of Columbia is 1715 Broad River Road, located just 3.8 miles away. Select 1715 Broad River Road as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Columbia. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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