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Top rated cars in Charleston, SC

Nissan Altima 2021 — Car rental alternative in Beaufort, SC 29902
Nissan Altima 2021

5.0

(56 trips)

All-Star Host

$67/day
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Grassy dunes on a Charleston beach

Small city, big charm

Charleston has quickly become one of travelers’ favorite cities. This southern seaside escape boasts happening restaurants and bars, a gorgeous brick-walled downtown, and dreamy Atlantic coast beaches.

Take a walking tour through town and pick up a souvenir at Charleston City Market, then stroll the Battery and Waterfront Park for southern style architecture. Make sure to visit historic mansions like The Nathaniel Russell House in the Charleston Historic District and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for the perfect warm afternoon stroll.

Charleston favorites

Get your fill of southern charm and American history while eating your way through Charleston, then hit the beach for some downtime.

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Fort Sumter National Monument

For first-time visitors and history buffs, the walls, cannons, and museum of Fort Sumter are a must-see. The site of the beginning of the American Civil War is perched on an island in Charleston Harbor, which you can access via a ferry ride.

Middleton Place

This mansion is the former home of Arthur Middleton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Visit to gawk at the collection of historic furniture and art and take a tour through the impressive 65-acre gardens.

Isle of Palms County Park

Just east of the city, Isle of Palms boasts seven miles of gorgeous clean coastline for relaxing, swimming, or windsurfing. Isle of Palms’ expansive white sands are slightly more popular with families than other Charleston beaches like Folly Beach.

Top hosts in Charleston, SC

Or D.

Or D.

All-Star Host

276 tripsJoined Dec 2021
Super fun car in perfect condition for touring the Charleston area.
Adrienne B.- November 18, 2022
Would definitely rent a car from Or and Turo again.
Nannette J.- November 15, 2022

Or D.’s vehicles

Juanita M L.

Juanita M L.

All-Star Host

198 tripsJoined Aug 2021
Car was really clean with only a few small dings on outside still in excellent shape.
Randy L.- November 15, 2022
Very easy process to find and rent this Prius!
Poorvi D.- November 5, 2022

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Hit the road

Strolling the colorful, cobbled streets of the Charleston city center is an excellent option if you’re only in town for a few days. But rush hour traffic can get busy in the popular summer months, so grab a car, fill up the tank, and head out for a day trip or road trip to the lush Carolina countryside for more hidden gems.

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Toyota SUV near Charleston

Kiawah Island

Less than an hour’s drive south through moss-covered oak tree tunnels, this barrier island feels worlds away and is the perfect overnight resort escape for your choice of fine dining, pampering, kayaking, and world-class golfing.

Savannah, GA

A couple hours in the car will bring you just across the Georgia state line to Charleston’s sister city, Savannah. Relax at your own pace and make sure to hang out at some of Savannah’s abundant verdant spaces like Forsyth Park and Skidaway Island.

Myrtle Beach

If you still need more beach time, head about two hours north up Route 17 to reach Myrtle Beach, the famous resort town boasting the endless white beaches of the Grand Strand with warm waves for surfing and swimming.

Recent reviews

Kim C.
BMW 5 Series 2014

Agnes was totally accommodating- no more car rental companies for us!

Kim C.
- May 26, 2022
Kelsey T.
smart fortwo 2016

James was accommodating and responsive, offering to easily extend my trip and answer any questions.

Kelsey T.
- September 3, 2021
Wesley G.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2017

The Car not only looks pristine it rides like a luxury car should.

Wesley G.
- October 18, 2021
Thomas T.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2017

We are so happy that we didn't go through the typical car rental agency.

Thomas T.
- November 15, 2021
Tom C.
Honda Fit 2020

Elaine’s rental made our Charleston vacation that much better.

Tom C.
- August 16, 2022
Sara M.
Volkswagen New Beetle 2010

cute car to explore charleston in!

Sara M.
- November 15, 2022
Chase W.
BMW 7-Series 2020

Great car, great communication, will definitely recommend for anyone staying in Charleston

Chase W.
- December 7, 2022
Michelle W.
Nissan Juke 2011

The rental process was easy and contactless.

Michelle W.
- February 22, 2022
Nerissa D.
Ford Fiesta 2014

If I come back to Charleston and need to rent another car I would definitely rent a car from Garrett.

Nerissa D.
- November 13, 2022
Stephen S.
BMW 6 Series 2015

Great, fun, fast car for the Charleston area.

Stephen S.
- July 28, 2022
Cecilia T.
Volkswagen New Beetle 2010

such a fun little car to get around charleston !

Cecilia T.
- September 21, 2021
Melissa J.
Chevrolet Malibu 2015

Car was perfect for our week touring Charleston!

Melissa J.
- May 20, 2022
Aaron C.
BMW 5 Series 2014

Wonderful way to get around Charleston

Aaron C.
- January 3, 2022
Kathryn D.
Volkswagen Eos 2014

Cocoa was the best rental to get around Charleston!

Kathryn D.
- December 21, 2021
Paul A.
Jaguar F-TYPE 2014

Angus was a pleasure to deal with.

Paul A.
- September 18, 2022
Cameron D.
Honda Accord 2015

Ana and her husband saved our trip to Charleston!

Cameron D.
- September 5, 2022
Art J.
Ford Fiesta 2014

Garrett made our car rental experience better and easier then any car rental company.

Art J.
- September 12, 2022
Holly L.
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2014

The perfect car to enjoy the sites in and around Charleston

Holly L.
- June 1, 2022
Romario K.
BMW 6 Series 2015

This car drives so nice.

Romario K.
- April 17, 2022
Kevin G.
Toyota Prius 2022

Shannon's car was great.

Kevin G.
- November 8, 2022
Austin M.
Tesla Model 3 2020

If you’re in Charleston and need a car for you trip then flip is your guy!

Austin M.
- April 9, 2022
Rebecca B.
smart fortwo 2016

Great car for Charleston.

Rebecca B.
- April 8, 2022
Celia M.
BMW 5 Series 2014

Very clean and well maintained car.

Celia M.
- April 15, 2022
Kelsey Y.
Volkswagen New Beetle 2010

Had such a great time exploring Charleston in this bug!

Kelsey Y.
- April 30, 2022
Kennon C.
Chevrolet Corvette 2020

A great car to tour Charleston in!

Kennon C.
- July 13, 2022
Andrew S.
Nissan Maxima 2013

Would definitely ask for her car again when in Charleston-

Andrew S.
- March 23, 2022
Neil B.
Tesla Model 3 2020

Will definitely book again when back in Charleston!!

Neil B.
- June 28, 2021
Kristna S.
BMW 3 Series 2018

John made renting his car so extremely easy!

Kristna S.
- July 26, 2022
Jenny A.
Chevrolet Malibu 2015

Kyle’s car was so easy to drive & the gas mileage is unbelievable.

Jenny A.
- June 2, 2022
Melanie S.
BMW 6 Series 2015

Awesome, fun car to have to drive around Charleston!

Melanie S.
- May 24, 2022
John D.
Nissan Maxima 2009

We really enjoyed Antoin’s car during our week in Charleston!

John D.
- December 6, 2021
Alex S.
Chevrolet Impala 2018

Ricardo’s rental process was very seamless and easy.

Alex S.
- June 24, 2021
Bettina K.
Volkswagen New Beetle 2010

Fun, cute car with clear instructions.

Bettina K.
- July 19, 2021
Garrett G.
Volkswagen Passat 2015

Perfect car to explore Charleston and house hunt for the weekend.

Garrett G.
- March 8, 2022
Jacob V.
Volkswagen Eos 2014

Really fun car to cruise around Charleston in, and very helpful host!

Jacob V.
- September 20, 2021
Yolanda D.
Volkswagen Jetta 2013

Would recommend Garrett for your travel needs in Charleston S.

Yolanda D.
- September 23, 2022
Nicole K.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2017

The car was in great condition and we enjoyed driving it around Charleston!

Nicole K.
- September 16, 2022
Carrie F Viko W.
FIAT 500 2012

Adorable car that was perfect for driving (and parking) in Charleston and the surrounding area.

Carrie F Viko W.
- October 29, 2022
Zachary H.
FIAT 500 2012

You won’t find a better, more accommodating or more knowledgeable host in Charleston.

Zachary H.
- March 3, 2022
Kylie H.
Chevrolet Bolt EV 2017

Christopher made our trip so easy and convenient!

Kylie H.
- July 12, 2021
Raymond L.
BMW 6 Series 2015

Awesome car and Phillip is an exceptional host.

Raymond L.
- July 5, 2022
Katie V.
FIAT 500 2012

The Fiat was so fun and perfect for getting around Charleston!

Katie V.
- October 16, 2022
Brian K.
Chevrolet Malibu 2015

Easy pick up instructions, car worked well with no issues.

Brian K.
- May 8, 2022
Meg L.
FIAT 500 2012

Annie was an absolute delight to deal with and the Fiat made our trip to Charleston so much better!

Meg L.
- July 15, 2022
Randy M.
Toyota Prius 2022

I would highly recommend this over the standard rental car process.

Randy M.
- October 24, 2022
Chorlette O.
BMW 3 Series 2018

Would definitely use again when in Charleston

Chorlette O.
- October 28, 2022
Chelsea H.
Volkswagen Eos 2015

Kelly was not only accommodating and easy to communicate with, but this car was also a perfect vehicle for a girls trip to Charleston!

Chelsea H.
- July 31, 2021
Catherine L.
Jaguar F-TYPE 2014

This is a beautiful car that drives like a dream.

Catherine L.
- July 5, 2022
Jeremy B.
Toyota Prius 2011

Great way to save some money on gas while exploring Charleston!

Jeremy B.
- June 26, 2022
Shawn R.
BMW 3 Series 2018

Kevin was very responsive and the BMW was easy to drive around Charleston and also all the way to Savannah for a day trip

Shawn R.
- December 20, 2021
Courtney P.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2016

His car was perfect for what we needed while in Charleston.

Courtney P.
- July 30, 2022

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Best Charleston driving roads

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Savannah River National Scenic Byway

Sleepy towns, rural farmlands, and historic churches dot this winding 100-mile route along the Savannah River in the south part of the state. Stop off for fishing, swimming, or hiking wherever you please!

Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

Drive through towering tree tunnels, salt marshes, and moss-covered forests on your way out to the Atlantic Ocean. Make sure to stop at the old plantations along the way like Brooklands Plantation and Windsor Plantation.

Falling Waters Scenic Byway

South Carolina’s Loneliest Road is only 13 miles long, but drivers will be treated to the Sumter National Forest’s scenic overlooks, hidden hiking trails, and waterfalls in the northern part of South Carolina.

Frequently asked questions in Charleston