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Cruise port parking alternative

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Cruise port parking alternative

Hi, we are leaving on a cruise from Charleston and I am wondering if there any parking options close to the port (other than parking with the port authority). We will only have a carry-on and won't mind walking.

Thanks in advance!

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10 replies to this topic
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1. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

Visit TA's sister site, cruise critic:


This is the board for East Coast departures. Do a search for "Charleston" and you should find several threads for parking. If not, you can always ask on a new thread.

Charleston, South...
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2. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

If you will need a hotel the night before, you might consider a park and cruise package.


I have heard that Palmetto Parking offers cruise parking. But I don't know anything more about them, good or bad.


There are public parking garages downtown.


Not really an area with an abundance of parking options I'm afraid.

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3. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

We just came back from a cruise out of Charleston (10/9/17) and stayed the night before in North Charleston in West Ashley and the night after in Mt. Pleasant. We did park at the cruise terminal....very organized and easy. Next time we will stay in Mt. Pleasant the night before the cruise. Loved that area and easy travel to and from the port. Just a note...if you have a handicap placard or license plate, parking is free at the port.

If you are staying the night before the cruise, look at Mt. Pleasant hotels and see if any will allow parking for the duration. Charleston is a lot like New Orleans when it comes to parking. Mt. Pleasant had free parking and again super easy and quick to get to the port and Old Town. I loved Charleston in so many ways and the people at the port were so friendly and helpful. It was our best experience yet embarking and debarking a cruise. Enjoy!

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4. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

North Charleston, West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant are 3 different locations. West Ashley is not in North Charleston ~ just to clarify.

Trinity, North...
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5. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

Where is the free parking...

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6. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

There is none.

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7. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

I just found free parking with hop on the peninsula.

It says the 6-minute bus ride to the pier

Charleston, South...
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8. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

No ma'am Janice, the parking for HOP bus is $5/day. This is a new service intended to be affordable parking for hospitality workers. I would for sure check with CARTA about the long-term parking policy. Don't just drop off your car and trust the parking gods. The parking gods in Charleston are devils.

Kennesaw, Georgia
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9. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

Handicap parking free at Port of Charleston cruiseport with tag or placard? Where? I can't find that info on any site. Where do you enter the parking area for this benefit? Thanks for your response. Those of us who have the need really appreciate it.

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10. Re: Cruise port parking alternative

utu, here's your handicap parking info. You're welcome.


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