Get a taste for the Deep South in South Carolina’s bustling capital city. Whether you’re visiting for business or for fun, you’ll find plenty to keep yourself occupied. There are historic avenues lined with antebellum buildings, buzzing bars, and lots of luscious gardens to stroll through.
Columbia is bang smack in the middle of South Carolina, making it the perfect base for getting out and discovering the sparkling Atlantic Coast, the soaring Blue Ridge Mountains, and the pleasant streets of Charleston.
Airports in Columbia
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) serves the city of Columbia and the wider Midlands region. It’s five miles south of the city itself. The airport is no stranger to the silver screen. Its biggest claim to fame is a cameo role in the feature film Borat, posing as “New York Airport”. It also starred in the 1943 war movie A Guy Named Joe.
Airlines that fly to Columbia
No airlines currently fly direct from the UK to Columbia. American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express all fly to Columbia from domestic American destinations so it’s possible to take a connecting flight once you arrive on US soil.
Getting into Columbia
Public transport is available, however the bus only runs three times a day: at 7:30am, 1:04pm and 4:55pm. Single tickets into downtown Columbia cost $1.50* (about 95p). Many of the hotels in Columbia offer an airport shuttle service, so it’s a good idea to check with your accommodation to find out if that’s available.
If you’re not staying at a hotel with shuttle service, private transport may be your best option. Taxis are available outside the terminal building, offering quick and convenient travel into downtown Columbia. You can hire a car at the airport, too: Columbia is a very vehicle friendly city. Alamo-National, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty all have a base there.
*Prices subject to change
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