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Tips for Driving in Greenville SC

Honestly, the ONLY tough part about moving to Greenville SC is learning the roads and navigating your way around the area.  There are some real quirks, due to the terrain, and the fact that all roads are like spokes leading to a hub.   

Study the handy chart in the back of ‘Moving to Greenville: the Un-Tourist Guide’ and here are a few other great tips, which will keep you from going nuts your first year in Greenville.

Driving   Tips

  1. Ask for help!  Greenvillians are a friendly bunch who love to help.
  2. Think before you depart. It’s easier to picture your route while you’re sitting still than to get confused while you’re underway.

  3. Use a GPS the first year or so, especially if you like to explore and you’re used to living in a grid-style city. Do regular updates (and remember to program an intersection near your home instead of your home address, in case (highly unlikely!) your car were to be stolen.
  4. Be in the driver’s seat more often than the passenger seat.  You’ll learn by doing. It’s easy to not pay attention when you’re not driving.
  5.  Look at a state map. Important streets in Greenville are often named for where they ultimately end up, i.e. Augusta, Laurens, Woodruff.  This can help orient you.

Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

Drive Times from Greenville SC


Greenville SC has a tremendous location, right on I-85, halfway between two major metros.  Atlanta and Charlotte are both about an hour and a half by car. Charlotte’s CLT airport is much closer than Atlanta’s ATL, however, due to the side of town it’s on.

Charleston and its popular beaches (Kiawah, Folly, Isle of Palms, Edisto) are only three-and-a-half hours by car. Myrtle Beach, brimming with golf courses, is just over four hours away. Ditto for Savannah, Tybee Island, and Hilton Head Island, all popular Georgia getaways.

Nashville, TN and Lexington, KY are both a five-and-a-half hour drive from Greenville; Cincinnati is a scenic six-and-a-half-hour car trip. In only seven hours, you will find yourself in sunny Orlando . . . drive slightly longer – eight and a half hours – to arrive how to get free gems on episode in Washington D.C. or Memphis, TN.

Your new location puts many, many major cities within a day’s reach by car, even if it’s a long day. It’s nine and half hours to Cleveland or New Orleans. Tropical South Florida can be yours for 11 hours on the road; throw in an extra half hour and you could, instead, arrive in New York.

For a list of flight times from Greenville, and hot tips for flying in and out of the SC Upstate, see the ‘Getting Around’ chapter of The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.

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-Libby McMillan Henson is the owner of Greenville Relocation, offering local relocation concierge services, and is also author of ‘The Ultimate Greenville Relocation Guide.’

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