Directions to Joint Base Charleston
Charleston International Airport services the tri-county area and is in close proximity. In fact, the base and airport share runways.
There are no military shuttles or mass transit that runs from the airport to the base.
Rental cars are available on-site. Commercial transportation is available from the airport to the base via taxi.
The number for Yellow Cab is 843-577-6565.
The number to Charleston Limos & Taxi is 843-830-7673.
From Charleston International Airport, take the access road to Michaux Parkway and turn right. Proceed to Dorchester Road at intersection (light) turn right onto Dorchester Road. The Main Gate is approximately 1.5 miles on the right on Dorchester Road.
From I-95 take, I-26 East to Aviation Avenue, exit 211 (East Aviation). Proceed a short distance on E. Aviation to Perimeter Road and turn Right. Follow Perimeter Road to the "Rivers" Gate.
Documents to Hand Carry
Important papers should not be packed with your household goods or hold baggage. Plan to take the following items with you: ID cards, PCS orders, passports, leave authorizations, shot records for you and your family, medical records, all documents pertaining to the shipment of household goods including your personal inventory and/or pictures of your possessions, appraisals for valuable items, last leave and earnings statement, Power of Attorney (check expiration date), wills, bank books, state and federal tax records, deeds and mortgages, professional licenses, car registration, spouse resume and last pay statement, list of stocks and bonds, social security cards, school records for children, letters of credit for utility waivers, original birth and adoption records, and naturalization records.
Be sure to make temporary lodging reservations well in advance, especially if you need pet-friendly TLF's or motels that accept pets.
Upon arriving at Joint Base Charleston base introduction information can be provided at either base gate or at the base lodging office. This information covers key facilities and phone numbers a newcomer should find helpful. The Inns of Charleston (lodging) on Hill Boulevard is the 24-hour arrival point. Those arriving after normal duty hours, on a holiday, or weekend should report there to sign in.
Newcomers arriving on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. must report to their gaining unit for further instructions on base in-processing.
What to do if you get Married enroute?
If you get married before you PCS, you must inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as you are given them. The military will not pay for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow proper procedures.