What Are the Best Charleston Trolley Tours?

Whether you are looking for a quick overview of the Holy City or searching for a free way to travel around town, the trolley tours in Charleston have it all. Read on to learn about four different trolley options you’ll find in the area, and if you’d like suggestions on more unique ways to explore Charleston, download your free Charleston Sea Island Vacation Guide. Our complimentary guides are full of recommendations for harbor cruises, restaurants, historic sites, and more.

Experience Charleston on These Trolley Tours

  • Gray Line Tours

Gray Line Tours offers one of the best bus tours in Charleston. Their 90-minute tour is a great way to learn a lot about downtown in a short amount of time. During this tour, you will delve into the history of Charleston’s finest homes, the Battery Sea Wall, historic churches, the Old Market Area, Rainbow Row, and more.

  • The DASH Carta

Although the DASH Carta doesn’t offer guided tours, it is a great option for those who want to explore the city without the hassle of driving. The DASH Carta gives free trolley rides to locals and visitors alike. This complimentary trolley stops at some of the city’s most popular places and attractions, including The South Carolina Aquarium, the Visitor’s Center on John Street, Waterfront Park, and King Street. View detailed trolley routes by visiting the Carta website.

  • Charleston Tea Garden

The history of Charleston Tea Plantation dates back to 1666. You will find this ancient plantation in the heart of the Lowcountry on Wadmalaw Island. One of the best ways to learn more about its history is on a trolley tour. You won’t experience anything else like it in Charleston, so don’t miss out!

Helpful Information for Visiting Downtown

  • The City of Charleston prohibits hop-on, hop-off trolley tours. For a more interactive tour in downtown Charleston, consider a walking tour.
  • If you are embarking on a self-guided tour downtown, then remember to stop by the Charleston Visitor’s Center for a complimentary city map. A digital map is also available on the Charleston CVB website.
  • Looking for more fun ways to tour Charleston? Read our blogs on Charleston carriage tours and Charleston boat tours.

The Best Place to Stay

After a day of exploring Charleston by trolley, head home to one of the Lowcountry’s most beloved sea islands for a relaxing night in. Both Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island enjoy a unique combination of peaceful surroundings from the Atlantic Coast and proximity to the bustling Holy City.

When you book an island vacation rental, like a Seabrook Island villa, you can always look forward to the best amenities, vacation packages, and top-notch customer service. Visitors and residents of Seabrook Island and Kiawah can both enjoy an array of luxurious perks, including access to championship golftennis centers, and the Lowcountry’s most beautiful maritime parks.