Buses from Atlanta to Charleston

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Atlanta - Charleston Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Atlanta to Charleston. Traveling by bus from Atlanta to Charleston usually takes around 9 hours, but the fastest Southeastern Stages bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance266 mi (428 km)
Shortest duration7h 0m
Cheapest price$46.50
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceSoutheastern Stages
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Atlanta to Charleston

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Roman

June 3, 2019- Visiting family

Southeastern Stages

Pros: I did not have to drive. Cons: We started 20 minutes late and because the schedule was very tight, our driver looked unnecessary stressed. It was cold, really cold for me. Eventually I had to get to my suitcase and got something more to wear. Apparently that wa...

Pros: I did not have to drive. Cons: We started 20 minutes late and because the schedule was very tight, our driver looked unnecessary stressed. It was cold, really cold for me. Eventually I had to get to my suitcase and got something more to wear. Apparently that was only me. Tips: I was not using WiFi so I can't comment.

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What bus companies travel from Atlanta to Charleston?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Atlanta to Charleston. Southeastern Stages connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Southeastern Stages48h 37m$48.38
  • Southeastern Stages

    Southeastern Stages

    Founded in 1933, Southeastern Stages has a long legacy of providing safe, reliable bus transportation across the Southeastern U.S. This premier bus service provides routes across Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Southeastern Stages also has one of the largest fleets of ADA compliant coaches and was one of the first to adopt safety features such as advanced collision avoidance technology. Onboard these modern coaches, passengers can enjoy free Wi-Fi, reclining seats, overhead reading lights, and restrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Atlanta to Charleston during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride from Atlanta to Charleston?

The bus takes an average of 9 hours to cover the 266 miles from Atlanta to Charleston. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 55 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

The busiest and least busy days to travel on this route tend to change frequently from week to week. Weather, holidays, local events, and other factors can affect how crowded the bus is on any given day.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Atlanta?

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Atlanta to Charleston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Atlanta to Charleston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information

Atlanta

Atlanta, GA - ATL-0

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Atlanta, GA - ATL-1

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Atlanta, GA - ATL-2

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the Peach State. Located in the heart of America’s South, Atlanta is one of the foremost economic and cultural hubs in the region and the United States in general. As such, it's among the best vacation destinations in Georgia.

The city has played a major role in the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. As a result, across Atlanta you can find various museums and points of interest dedicated to the lives and works of various key figures in those events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is an important stop on our MLK Jr. itinerary.

Atlanta is also a key hub for the U.S. entertainment industry, and it offers some of the best nightlife experiences in the country. Here, you will find some of the finest craft beer in America and enjoy some of the best and most authentic southern food.

Atlanta is easily accessible by both bus and train from various parts of the country, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s location on the city’s outskirts makes it easy to travel to Atlanta from all over the world.

Charleston

An idyllic city with quaint moss-covered and time-washed buildings, Charleston offers plenty of scenic sights and culturally significant destinations to explore. The highlights of this amazing city are its cobblestone streets and hauntingly beautiful mansions (some are even rumored to be actually haunted). The best way to enjoy these timeless relics is to take a walking tour around town, with or without a local guide. As you enjoy your walking tour, don’t miss out on the chance to explore The Battery, which features some of the most photogenic spots in the entire city. This quarter used to be the center of all maritime activities in the city, but it is now a famous tourist area. The nearby White Point Garden, which houses interesting Civil War-era relics, is also a great destination.

Charleston is a top foodie destination, being quite famous for its Southern staples. The best places to indulge in these Southern delicacies are Husk and Magnolias. If you crave some seafood, Hyman’s Seafood is a local favorite. Plus, Charleston's nightlife makes it a great destination for bachelorette parties.

The main bus station in the city is located on Rivers Ave. The city’s main airport is the Charleston International Airport, 12 miles northwest of downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Atlanta?

Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St - ATLGLI-0

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Main departure station: Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St

Built in 1996, the Atlanta Bus Station at 232 Forsyth Street SW is located close to downtown and is one of the most popular bus stations in the city. Served by Greyhound, Southeastern Stages and Jefferson Lines, this busy intercity bus terminal provides hundreds of connections to major cities. The Atlanta Bus Station offers convenient connections within Atlanta via the adjacent MARTA train station and multiple public bus stops within one block of the station. There are also several hotels and motels in the vicinity, for when you’re ready to relax after a successful day of traveling.

All bus stations in Atlanta:

  • Atlanta Bus Station - 232 Forsyth St

Where does the bus arrive in Charleston?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 3610 Dorchester Rd

All buses from Atlanta arrive at one main station in Charleston.

All bus stations in Charleston:

  • Bus Station - 3610 Dorchester Rd

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