Travel to Columbia

Driving to Columbia


Whether traveling by air or vehicle, you’ll love Columbia’s easy access. Only ten cities in America have three major Interstates transecting their metropolitan areas and Columbia is one of them. Columbia is served by I-20, I-26 and I-77, and is within 90 miles of I-85 and I-95, making travel to our city simple from every direction. Other major area highways include US 1, 21, 76, 176, 178, 321, 378 and 601.

By Air


The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is served by American Airlines, Delta, and United.

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, (CLT)  is less than two hours away and may be a better alternative, particularly for intercontinental travelers.   It is served by the Columbia Charlotte shuttle. For Reservations Call (803) 783-5123 or email The cost is $55 one way for adults and $28 one way for children under the age of 12.

Car Rental in Columbia

For the convenience of travelers, the following car rental companies are located in the airport terminal-lower level Baggage Claim area.

  • Alamo-National Car Rental  803-822-5180
  • Avis Car Rental  803-822-5100
  • Budget Car Rental  803-822-8346
  • Hertz Car Rental  803-822-8341
  • Thrifty Car Rental  803-822-2300

Taxis & Shuttles

The following taxi services provide transportation to and from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The taxi pick-up area is just outside the terminal – lower level baggage claim.  An average taxi ride to downtown from the airport to Columbia costs approximately $25- $30.  Also, be sure to check with the hotel you are staying at to see if they provide complimentary shuttle service.

  • Blue Ribbon Taxi 803-754-8163
  • Capitol City Cab 803-233-8294
  • Checker Yellow 803-799-3311
  • Classic Cab 803-348-0662

Uber and Lyft are also available.

By Rail


Amtrak provides passenger train service 800-USA-RAIL and freight services provided by Norfolk Southern Systems and CSX. Greyhound Bus Lines offers interstate bus service.