Charleston Port FAQ

The Charleston Port is located in the historic district of the city, close to a number of historic sites, museums, restaurants, cultural events, and entertainment. Charleston is one of the top tourist attractions in the country, so plan accordingly, and your cruise will be even more enjoyable by knowing the basics before your departure.

1. What's the Cruise Port Address?

Union Pier Passenger Terminal

196 Concord Street

Charleston, SC 29401

2. What's the Cruise Port Phone Number?

(800) 543-1915

1-561-366-4816 (Outside the USA)

3. What's the Cruise Port Parking Like?

Parking is in a secure area reserved for cruise passengers, near the cruise terminal. Rates are $15.00 per day for cars, and up to $30.00 per day for buses and campers. Reservations aren't needed, and the parking area is patrolled 24 hours a day by Port Police.

4. How do You get to the Cruise Port?

The best way to get to the cruise port is by private car or taxi. Taxis charge $2.15 per mile for two passengers. For three or more passengers, the rate is $12.00 per person. Shuttle service charges $12.00 per passenger.

5. Which Cruise Lines use the Port?

  • Royal Caribbean

  • Carnival Cruises

  • Holland America

  • Disney Cruise Line

  • Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Princess Cruises

  • Celebrity Cruises

6. What's the Nearest Airport to the Cruise Port?

Charleston International Airport is located 25 minutes north of the cruise terminal.

7. What Attractions are Near the Cruise Port?

Historic Charleston has buildings that were constructed before the Civil War, and the cruise port is located in the Historic District. Visitors can travel around the city by horse drawn carriage, or on guided walking tours. Restaurants and shops are located only one block from the cruise terminal. The famous City Market has open air buildings where tourists may buy gifts, souvenirs, jewelry, and delicious Southern style food. 10 minutes away from the terminal and Waterfront Park is The Battery with old cobblestone streets, historic mansions, and beautiful gardens. White Point Gardens is a lovely park with huge oak trees dating back over a hundred years. The Aiken-Rhett House built in 1818, offers tours. The Edmondston-Alston House is where General Robert E. Lee stayed during the Civil War. Civil War Walking Tours and Ghost Walks are also available.

8. What Hotels are Near the Cruise Port?

The Days Inn Historic District is three blocks from the terminal. the Quality Inn & Suites at Patriots Point is 3 miles from the terminal. The Wentworth Mansion and the Wingate Inn Charleston are closeby. Most of the hotels offer special rates for cruise passengers.

9. What Restaurants and Shops are Near the Cruise Port?

39 Rue de Jean, 82 Queen, A.W. Shuck's, Blind Tiger Pub, and Blossom Cafe are a few of the many restaurants in the historic district. The Charleston City Market is the place to buy gifts and souvenirs. Numerous shops are on North and South Market Streets. Tourists can buy handwoven baskets, local handcrafts, afghans, quilts, tapestries, jewelry, and local food items.

10. Are Ships Docked at the Port or are Passengers Ferried from the Port to the Ship?

The ships are docked at the terminal.



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