Passenger rail service in the car-dominated United States is far behind other developed nations, both in quantity and quality. Charleston and Savannah are both served by the national rail system, Amtrak (www.amtrak.com), which is pretty good, if erratic at times—though it certainly pales in comparison with European rail transit. Both cities’ Amtrak stations are in light industrial parts of town, nowhere near the major tourist centers. Charleston’s station is at 4565 Gaynor Street (843/744-8263), while Savannah’s is at 2611 Seaboard Coastline Drive (912/234-2611).
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition