Parking rules for the Port of Charleston govern who may use the parking facility, the transport of luggage and how long a passenger has to remove a car after his cruise returns. Other rules outline methods of payment and how to qualify for handicapped parking.
Parking at the Port of Charleston is restricted to cruise passengers. The parking facilities are regularly patrolled by Port Police and are secure. No reservations are needed.
Parking fees are paid when the vehicle is parked. As of 2015, rates are $17 per day for normal-sized vehicles and $40 per day for any vehicle longer than 20 feet, such as campers or RVs. Complimentary parking is available for passengers with a valid handicap license plate or placard, as well as personal identification.
The port accepts cash, credit card, personal checks and traveler's checks. Each passenger receives a claim check and permit for his vehicle. The permit should be placed in the front window of the vehicle. The claim check is color-coded to advise the lot attendant in which section the car is parked.
Free shuttles are provided to and from the passenger terminal, some with wheelchair access. Small carry-on luggage is allowed on the shuttle. Larger pieces are checked at a special luggage tent before parking the vehicle. Vehicles must be retrieved as soon as the cruise is over.