The seafront town of Tybee Island is one of the most popular vacation and day trip destinations in Georgia and the southeast. As Tybee is situated on a barrier island at the rim of a large marsh, the only access (other than by boat) is along a single highway out of Savannah.
If you are visiting from Savannah or nearby, it is easy to get to Tybee, provided you have a car: the drive out of Savannah can be as little as 30 minutes in good traffic. Otherwise, a taxi or equivalent service is the only way to get there. The former public shuttle service has been discontinued.
Visitors from further away have additional options for getting to Tybee Island (flying, rail and intercity bus), though in all cases this will involve traveling to Savannah (less than 20 miles from Tybee) and then completing the journey by one of the above methods.
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Driving is the easiest way to get to Tybee Island, whether you are traveling from Savannah or from further afield. All trips to Tybee Island will pass, one way or another, through Savannah, as the single road out to the seaside town (US Highway 80) goes through that city. Get directions
By car, you can make the 18-mile trip from downtown Savannah to Tybee Island in around 30 minutes in good traffic. From the airport, it is an additional 12 miles (an extra 15-20 minutes journey time).
Traffic on the single road out to the island, however, can often be heavy, especially on weekends during the summer season, festival weekends and around other popular events. Through the summer, peak journey times are 10am-12pm for trips out to the island; travel earlier or later than this to avoid the worst traffic.
Accidents on the highway can sometimes close the entire road, causing significant delays in both directions, which is something to bear in mind if you have a flight or other connection to meet, especially over the busier weekends.
Approximate distances and travel times to Tybee Island are as follows, assuming good traffic:
– From Atlanta: 265 miles, 4hrs-4hrs30.
– From Athens: 235 miles, 4hrs-4hrs30.
– From Macon: 185 miles, 2hrs45-3hrs15.
– From Augusta: 150 miles, 3hrs-3hrs30.
– From Jacksonville: 155 miles, 2hrs30-3hrs.
– From Orlando: 300 miles, 4hrs30-5hrs.
– From Nashville: 515 miles, 7hrs45-8hrs30.
– From Charleston: 125 miles, 2hrs30-3hrs.
– From Beaufort: 60 miles, 1hr30-1hr45.
There is no free public parking on Tybee Island, though some of the town’s attractions do provide free parking for visitors. Fees are $2 per hour over most of the island.
Public parking is either on a city or private parking lot, or on-street where there is a pay-and-display station or meter. Enforcement of parking regulations is strict across the island, with tickets frequently issued for the briefest over-stays!
Taxi fare from Savannah (downtown or Midtown locations) to Tybee Island will be around $45-$55, including tip, depending on where you travel from. From Wilmington Island, expect to pay $30-$35, and from Pooler (the vicinity of the airport), $70-$75, though cheaper flat rate fares may be available in the latter case.
The public shuttle service formerly offered by Coastal Regional Coaches has been discontinued. No public bus service currently operates between Savannah and Tybee Island, although some private tour and shuttle companies are able to provide special event and group transportation.
There is no airport on Tybee Island. The nearest airport offering scheduled domestic flights is Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, located several miles west of Savannah. More about flying to Savannah
From the airport, you can either rent a car and drive the rest of the way or take a taxi or equivalent directly to Tybee from the airport. The flat rate taxi fare from the airport is $53 plus a $5 surcharge for each additional person, not including gratuity.
Taxi fare to downtown Savannah is $28 plus $5 per additional person. Public transit services are also available from the airport to downtown Savannah. More about Savannah’s airport bus service
Given the limited options for traveling from Tybee to Savannah or its airport, it is advisable to allow for traffic delays when meeting a return flight.
Inter-city bus service to Tybee Island is not currently available, but coach travel to nearby Savannah is possible from most larger and many smaller US cities. You will then need to make a connecting journey to Tybee, by one of the above methods.
Please note that some services may arrive at or depart from Savannah in the early hours of the morning. More information about getting to Savannah by bus
There is no direct train service to Tybee Island.
If you are traveling from an east coast city, it may nonetheless be feasible to get to Tybee by rail, via Savannah, which is served by Amtrak (direct services to Savannah are available from eastern seaboard cities between New York and Miami). You can then continue your journey by one of the above methods.
Please note that some train services into and out of Savannah are at inconvenient times (very early morning). Read more about getting to Savannah by train