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A city that attracts over 14 million tourists yearly is certainly doing something right. Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is the place Americans from the colder northern states head to when winter rolls in. Aside from an unbelievably long stretch of sandy beach, the city has several golf links, great shopping and fantastic seafood restaurants. One popular gateway to the city and the rest of coastal South Carolina is Myrtle Beach International Airport. With all the attractions here, self-drive is the best way to get around. Car hire firms await your arrival at Myrtle Beach Airport.
Who to Book With
There are many car rental companies which have counters at Myrtle Beach Airport. The way towards the Rental Car Facility is right by the Airport Information Desk in the Arrivals lobby. The firms here include Enterprise, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, Payless, Thrifty, Budget and a few others.
Need to Know Essentials
These documents will be asked for at the time of vehicle collection:
- UK driver's licence acceptable but International Driving Permit recommended
- Booking of rented vehicle confirmed
- Credit card of the renter
- Identity documents of the renter
The South Carolina speed limit on interstate highways is 70mph, unless the highway passes through an urban area, in which case speed limit becomes 60mph. Within built-up areas and central business districts, the speed limit is only 30mph. All persons within a moving vehicle on any South Carolina road need to wear a seatbelt. There are a few parking spots in town, many of which become occupied quickly during the high tourist season in summer. It's recommended that you book a waterfront hotel or one that is close to the beach during this time of the year.
Read some more driving tips in our United States guide.
Visitors to Myrtle Beach have a number of options for getting into town by public transport. The airport is just on the outskirts of town. The airport access road is Harrelson Boulevard. It connects to South Kings Highway, which passes through Myrtle Beach city centre.
Myrtle Beach International Airport and Myrtle Beach itself are not served by any railway station. Nearby towns with a railway station include Dillon and Florence both located around 67 miles further inland, Kingstree around 75 miles west and North Charleston about 100 miles down the coast. Silver Service and Palmetto trains operated by Amtrak stop at these stations.
Taxis and shuttles await arriving passengers at Myrtle Beach International. They can be found past the Baggage Claim area at one end of the terminal building. If possible, you can arrange for a taxi pick-up from your Myrtle Beach hotel or resort; these are typically offered at affordable prices.
Myrtle Beach International Airport to downtown costs only around £4
Coast RTA is the provider of bus services in Myrtle Beach. Coast RTA runs services all year round. The fare for a single ride is about £1 to £3 depending on distance covered. Ground transport from the airport begins outside the Arrivals Hall past the Baggage Claim area.
Myrtle Beach International has one terminal building with two floors. Departure gates and concourses can be found on the first floor while arrivals, ticketing and other facilities on the ground floor. Many flights arriving at the airport are domestic flights from key US cities such as New York, Chicago, Atlantic City, Detroit and many others. Many routes are only seasonal.
There are about 1,200 parking spaces available in the parking lots in front of Myrtle Beach International. Short-term and long-term parking are available. Payment via credit card is only acceptable for designated spaces found at the terminal building's south end. The first 20 minutes is free at the short term parking spaces, increasing £0.6 every 20 minutes. The credit card parking spaces charges £0.6 per hour.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the airport. There are a few outlets for the charging of notebooks, smart phones and tablets.
Information desks are available on the ground floor close to the Baggage Services Office as well as on the first floor near the lift. Airport ambassadors can be found around the airport and offer further assistance.
Information Desk: Telephone: +1 843 448 1589
Airport Lost and Found: +1 843 839 7372
The limit on carry-on luggage does not apply to persons with reduced mobility. To use parking spaces for special needs passengers, visitors need to have the appropriate licence plate and documentation.
Restaurants and Bars
A few restaurants, cafés and eateries can be found on the both floors of the airport. The Boardwalk Cafe in the Arrivals lobby serves coffee and snacks. On the first floor, Nacho Hippo serves Mexican fare like nachos, quesadillas and tacos. For a full meal, Steak n' Shake close to gate A2 offers great burgers and steaks.
There are no available VIP lounges at this small airport.
Money and ATMs
There are two ATMs at the airport. One is on the ground floor at the Baggage Claim area. The other is on the first floor beside the lift.
Apart from the restaurants and cafés, only one other shop is present at the airport. Hudson News is a small kiosk right in front of Steak n' Shake on the first floor beside gate A3. Aside from snacks and refreshments, it has books and magazines.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).