Winters are generally mild, and this can be an ideal time to visit if you want to beat the crowds and prices of the peak tourist seasons. High summer is often humid and uncomfortably hot, with frequent rainstorms, though resorts such as Tybee and Hilton Head Islands are very popular at this time of year.
Savannah is principally served by the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, 12 miles northwest of the Historic District. Several major domestic airlines operate flights to the airport. Downtown Savannah is easily reached by either public transit, private taxi or shuttle, or car.
Amtrak operates three train services along the Atlantic Seaboard with stops at Savannah; the station is located a little over three miles from the downtown Historic District.
Several Greyhound coach services operate to Savannah (some of which are with regional affiliate Southeastern Stages), with connections to cities across the country. The station in Savannah is conveniently located, just west of the Historic District, and connects with Savannah’s public transit system.
For more detailed information on travel options to Savannah from selected popular cities (including comparisons of ticket cost and travel time by plane, train and bus), see the following pages:
– New York
Most visitors to Savannah enjoy the convenience of staying in the Historic District, where there is an abundance of hotels, inns and bed and breakfast accommodation. River Street is particularly popular, with many places to stay on the street itself and more hotels nearby just nortwest of the Historic District.
Rental accommodation is also available across the Historic District and in the residential areas to its south, with options ranging from single rooms, small apartments and quaint carriage houses to large and many-bedroomed properties.
The main disadvantage of lodgings in and near the Historic District is price, with essentially nothing available here for budget travelers. Cheaper accommodation can be found in Savannah’s Midtown district (around the lower reaches of Abercorn Street), and near the airport, but for the real bargains look in nearby communities such as Pooler, Port Wentworth and beyond.
The oceanfront community of Tybee Island, 30 minutes drive from Savannah, offers another alternative place to stay, with reasonably-priced hotel rooms and rentals often available outside of the peak summer months.
If you prefer to camp, there are several RV and camping sites within convenient reach of Savannah.
Savannah’s main visitor center is located just to the west of the Historic District on Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard. Paid parking is available in an adjacent lot, and a free shuttle connects the Visitor Center to points of interest downtown.
Martin Luther King Visitor Information Center
301 Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard
Open daily, 9am-5:30pm.
There are also several other smaller visitor centers around Savannah and nearby. The most useful locations, all within the Historic District, are:
Ellis Square Visitor Information Center
26 Barnard Street
912-525-3100 x 1343
Hours vary seasonally.
River Street Visitor Information Center
1 West River Street
Open daily. February-November, 9am-8pm. December-January, 9am-6pm.
Public restrooms are available at the Visitor Centers at Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard and Ellis Square (see above for details). Restrooms are also located at the Bryan Street and Liberty Street parking garages. See on map
Savannah is easy to get around as a pedestrian. Its Historic District is not too big, and walkable, with many shaded streets and places to rest along the way. Free shuttles, and the paid public bus service, connect outlying parking garages to the popular sights.
A combination of walking and public transport is often the most convenient way to get around the city, as congestion can be heavy and the city’s one way system on many downtown streets makes navigating to specific places more difficult.
If you do decide to drive, short-term and longer-term parking is available throughout the city, either on-street or in a number of parking lots and garages located across the Historic District.
Two free shuttle bus services operate every 10 minutes, following north-south and east-west loops around the Historic District. These shuttles connect the Visitor Centers, parking garages and key tourist spots around the city.
Savannah’s ordinary bus service can also be a good way to get into or around the city. Tickets (free transfers available) are $1.50 per trip. Children under 41 inches tall ride for free.
Several companies operate narrated hop-on hop-off trolley services around Savannah’s Historic District. Each company has its own liveried trolleys, so be sure to wait at the correct stop and board the right trolley if you decide to take one of these tours. Details of narrated trolley tours with hop-on hop-off services