When it comes to traveling down to the South of the U.S., public transportation options tend to be more limited and less frequent. As a result, solo travelers who are from urban spaces, like me, struggle with knowing how to get from place to place once they arrive at an airport.
This blog post will give you a step-by-step guide on how to get to Myrtle Beach from the Myrtle Beach International Airport for just $1.50. I had to learn this the hard way when I first traveled to Myrtle Beach for New Year’s Eve. So I figured I would make this easier on those of you who plan to travel to Myrtle Beach in the near future.
Where to Find Public Transportation
Once your flight arrives at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), follow the signs to Ground Transportation. Myrtle Beach has a public transportation system known as Coast RTA that has a public bus system that runs around the coastal strip of South Carolina. One bus, Route 15S frequently stops at MYR and operates every day from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. It picks up passengers at the bus stop outside Door 6 of the airport near baggage claim. I have attached an image below as a visual.
How to Track Bus Route 15S
Bus Route 15S also has two endpoints; one at Market Common and another one at Ivory Wilson Transfer Center as you can see in the image below. Myrtle Beach International Airport is right in the middle of the route as the bus loops around Jetport Road. You can even track the bus right now by clicking here or texting “NXTBUS (Stop ID Number)” to 41411. The Stop ID number for the bus stop at the airport is “13”; so the text should actually say “NXTBUS 13” if you want to track Route 15S.
How to Ride the Bus
As you wait for Bus Route 15S outside of Door 6, make sure you flag down the bus driver once you see him approaching. There isn’t an official bus stop pole outside of Door 6 but the bus driver will stop since the airport is part of the route. Make sure you have your fare ready before you board the bus. The bus driver only takes cash and cannot provide any change.
If you are in need of cash, there is an ATM near the baggage claim area, right next to the Myrtle Beach Information Booth. Please see the image below for a detailed visual.
Also, please be aware, if the ATM is not associated with your bank you will receive an extra $3.00 charge for using the ATM as well as another service charge from your current bank. When I was at MYR I made a withdrawal of $20 dollars for the bus. The ATM charged me a service fee of $3.00 and my current bank charged me a fee of $2.50. The $20 dollar bill is also the lowest you can withdraw from the ATM so you’ll need to ask someone in person for more change. On the other hand, you could also go on the bus with the $20 dollar bill and the driver will put the remaining change on an electronic change card for future trips. However, I wouldn’t recommend doing that if you’re only going to use the bus once.
How Much is the Fare
As mentioned previously in the post title, the fare for the bus is $1.50 for an adult. However, if you are a senior citizen, student, or a person with disabilities, you can take the bus at a reduced rate if you provide some form of ID. If you are a parent traveling with a child under 6, your child can ride for free. However, keep in mind, when it comes to children under 6 riding the bus, Coast RTA does have a limit of 3 per paid adult fare. Also, if you need a transfer, make sure to let the bus driver know after you pay your fare. All transfers are time limited once you receive them. Please see the visual below, for a table of the fares.
Where to Get Off
As you board Route 15S to Myrtle Beach, make sure to get off at Kings Highway 7th Avenue North. Also, tell the bus driver your stop so that he can remind you of when to get off. If you’re like me, I hate missing my stop. You lose so much time and you have to go back and retrace your steps. The walking distance from Kings Highway 7th Avenue North to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade should be about 5 minutes. Please see the screenshot below for a better visual.
Overall, I hope you all found this step by step guide insightful! I wasn’t aware of all of this information when I first went to Myrtle Beach so I’m hoping that by sharing this with all of you, I made your trip there even easier.
Anyways, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have you ever been to Myrtle Beach? If so, did you rent a car or take public transportation? Feel free to leave any feedback or comments down below. I’m excited to hear from you! 🙂