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New Orleans to Charleston drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days



New Orleans to Charleston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New Orleans to Charleston. If you're planning a road trip to Charleston, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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Day 1, 10:00 am:  start in New Orleans
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 1, 11:29 am:  Biloxi
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:29 pm
drive for about 1 hour

Day 1, 1:32 pm:  Mobile
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:32 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 1, 4:39 pm:  Andalusia
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:39 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 1, 7:54 pm:  Opelika
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Day 2, 9:00 am:  leave from Opelika
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 2, 10:30 am:  Atlanta
stay for about 2.5 hours and leave at 1:00 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 2, 3:09 pm:  Augusta
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:09 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 2, 5:46 pm:  Congaree National Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:46 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 2, 8:40 pm:  arrive in Charleston
stay at Vendue Inn

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is New Orleans, Louisiana.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Biloxi  (17 answers)
    questions about Biloxi:
        Hotel for Biloxi MS
Mobile  (15 answers)
    questions about Mobile:
        Bus pickup/drop off location?
        Restaurants
Andalusia
Opelika  (2 answers)
    questions about Opelika:
        Best free things to do in Opelika?
Atlanta  (102 answers)
    Georgia Aquarium  (29 mentions)
    World of Coca-Cola  (20 mentions)
    Piedmont Park  (16 mentions)
    Midtown Atlanta  (14 mentions)
    High Museum of Art  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Atlanta:
        The Varsity
        Mary Mac's Tea Room
        Antico Pizza Napoletana
        Empire State South
        JCT Kitchen & Bar
    questions about Atlanta:
        Great, reasonable places to eat.
        Good Restaurants Unique to Atlanta?
        Tourist spots worth seeing in Atlanta?
        Authentic Southern Food!
        Best family activities in Atlanta?
Augusta  (3 answers)
    questions about Augusta:
        Places to visit in Augusta for a nice day out?
Congaree National Park  (2 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Charleston, South Carolina.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in Charleston?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Charleston.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Vendue Inn, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Charleston Place Hotel  (7 mentions)
The Mills House Hotel  (4 mentions)
Francis Marion Hotel  (4 mentions)
Market Pavilion Hotel  (4 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Charleston? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Charleston?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Husk, which was mentioned 17 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hominy Grill  (11 mentions)
FIG  (7 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Charleston? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Charleston?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

King Street  (8 mentions)
Boone Hall Plantation  (6 mentions)
The Battery  (6 mentions)
Folly Beach  (5 mentions)
Waterfront Park  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Charleston. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Christa Specht from Chicago asked:
Two day trip - what are the must sees, eats, and drinks?  (12 answers)

 Cindy Goorley from asked:
Best oceanfront place to stay closest to Charleston SC  (7 answers)

 Rod Look from Sebastopol asked:
Dinner with family in Charleston tonight...  (6 answers)

 Liz Yount from Denver asked:
Afternoon in Charleston  (5 answers)

 Brett Snyder from Long Beach asked:
Newbie in Charleston, How to Spend an Afternoon  (5 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Charleston.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Charleston to New Orleans drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from New Orleans to Charleston. Or get a full New Orleans to Charleston flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know New Orleans well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about New Orleans!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 743 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 58 minutes
Charleston is 1 hour ahead of New Orleans
189 New Orleans travel answers
17 Biloxi travel answers
15 Mobile travel answers
1 Andalusia travel answer
2 Opelika travel answers
102 Atlanta travel answers
3 Augusta travel answers
111 Charleston travel answers





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