By Grace Barkley
Paradise doesn’t have to be so far away. There are many options for getting to Hilton Head Island by car, plane and train.
If you are close enough to drive, Hilton Head is easily accessible by I-95’s South Carolina Exit 8. You’ll head down 278 through Bluffton passing a multitude of shopping options at Tanger Outlets such as Coach, Michael Kors and J. Crew. Once on the island, take your time on William Hilton Parkway or pay a small toll to take the Cross Island Parkway to travel more quickly to the southeastern part of the island (including Coligny Plaza and the Sea Pines Resort).
If traveling by plane is more your speed, you’ll enjoy the flexibility in traveling to either Savannah Hilton Head International (SAV) or Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH).
SAV offers daily non-stop flights to the following airports:
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
- Atlanta (ATL)
- New York (LGA and JFK)
- Boston Logan (BOS)
- Chicago-O’Hare (ORD)
- Houston (IAH)
- Newark (EWR)
- Washington, D.C. (IAD and DCA)
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
HHH offers service to the following airports:
- Charlotte (CLT)
Both airports are one terminal airports, making security a breeze. Car rentals are available at both locations to take you on to your final destination.
Amtrak service is also available at two close by stations, Savannah, GA (SAV) and Yemassee, SC (YEM) with driving distances of 45 minutes and 50 minutes respectively. Car rentals are not available at these locations however, so prepare to have your own transportation or arrange a pick-up by a local rental company.
Whichever way you chose to make it to the island, nothing will beat dipping your toes in the Atlantic Ocean, sampling wine at the Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival, or shopping the day away at one of Hilton Head’s finest stores.