Transportation: Getting Around Greenville, SC
Getting around Greenville
To get to Greenville, you can take a car, a bus, a train or a plane. Amtrak station is just one mile from downtown Greenville and Greyhound has a small station off of Woodruff Road. The closest airport is Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), which is located 14 miles east of downtown.
The best way to get around Greenville is by car. Although the city does have a public bus system, a car will give travelers the most freedom to explore the area. Greenville is accessible via Interstates 85, which runs right through the city, Interstate 185 and 385, as well as U.S. highways 25, 29, 123 and 276.
Travelers can avail of several car rental services including Hertz, Budget, and Avis. Taxis in Greenville are limited. There is just one taxi company that provide transportation to and from the airport. But while taxi services are limited, travelers can opt to use rideshare services like Lyft and Uber.
On foot or by bike
Downtown Greenville is pedestrian friendly so one can get around downtown on foot or by bike. The main street which covers approximately ten blocks have wide sidewalks. Downtown area houses more than a hundred shops and restaurants, it is a fun area to just walk around and window shop.
Another way to get around downtown area is by bike as the city is bike-friendly and there are many bike trails that run through out the downtown area. The city has its own bike-share program, Greenville B-Cycle, which is an all-electric bike share system located in Greenville, SC. Riders can rent and return the shared bikes from BCycle stations across the downtown: the Greenville Zoo, Hughes Main Library, County Square, Sterling Community Center, City Hall, Greenville Transit Center and at the corners of College and North Main Street and Rhett and River Streets. There are also several bike rental shops located downtown, including Reedy Rides.
Free downtown Greenville trolley
If you prefer not to walk, Greenville trolley offers complimentary rides throughout the area. The colorful red and blue open-air downtown trolleys run on a loop from the West End to the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District in the North Main Street district, with 20 stops throughout the route. The downtown trolleys run year-round on Thursday and Friday from 6 pm to 11 pm, on Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm and on Sunday from 1 to 8 pm. Trolleys are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bicycle racks.
Greenlink Bus System
Operated by the City of Greenville, Greenlink provides fixed route and ADA transportation services throughout Greenville County. Greenlink also operates the CU-ICAR/St. Francis Shuttle and owns and operates Greenville’s downtown trolleys.
The public bus system operates 12 fixed routes across Greenville County including . Single fares cost $1.50; fare boxes on the buses accept cash only. Day passes are available for $5. All Greenlink buses are accessible for mobility devices and equipped with a bike rack.