Special Rates & Discounts

Special rates and discounts are available for low-income patrons, seniors, local schools/school groups and disabled patrons.

Low-Income Fares

Low-income fares are available to those who qualify. Qualified individuals will receive a CARTA ID that they will need to show when paying the discounted fare. Qualifications must be re-verified every 6 months to be eligible to use the discount fare. Low-Income tickets are available at CARTA Administrative offices and at The SC Works Charleston Career Center.

Low-Income Fare: $1.25 per ride
Low-Income Ticket: $1.25 each

Low-Income fare and determinations are made at:
The SC Works Charleston Career Center
1930 Hanahan Road
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: 843-574-1810
Phone: 843-574-1800

ID cards are issued between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday–Friday (Closed for lunch 12noon-1pm)

Senior Fares

CARTA takes you to most hospitals, libraries, grocery stores, shopping centers and service agencies throughout the Charleston area.

On Monday, August 21, CARTA will hold another Senior Free Day where seniors 55+ can ride all routes for free. This is the perfect opportunity to get some shopping done, visit friends or family or simply explore the city and our different routes. If you have any questions, please call 843-724-7420 for more info.

Discounted fares (over 50% off regular prices) are available for Seniors 55+ during non-peak hours. Non-peak hours are:

  • Monday through Friday from 9am-3:30pm and after 6pm
  • All day Saturday and Sunday
  • All day on Holidays
  • Senior Fare Low Income Fare: $1.00 per ride

Drivers may request proof of age. Medicare cards or I.D. card with date of birth will serve as identification for the fare.

Want to ride, but not sure how? Simply call 843-724-7420 and let our operations staff pair you with a CARTA Ambassador! Learn the ropes and make a new friend. If you’re interested in becoming a CARTA Ambassador, or wish to be paired with one, please call (843) 724-7420 or email us at cruze@ridecarta.com.

Disabled Patrons Fares

Regular Fixed Route Fare

A discount fare is available to the disabled and can be used on all Fixed Routes, all day, every day.

Disable Fare-Regular Fixed Routes: $0.75 per ride

To use the disabled fare, you must receive a Disabled Fare ID Card issued at the SC Works Charleston Career Center. Passengers with a Tel-A-Ride I.D. card can ride fixed-routes for free.

The SC Works Charleston Career Center
1930 Hanahan Road
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: 843-574-1810
Phone: 843-574-1800

Tel-A-Ride Service

Tel-A-Ride is a service that is available to qualified disable passengers. Individuals can submit an application for the paratransit service to:

CARTA 3664 Leeds Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-747-0007
TDD (843) 747-1499

Tel-A-Ride tickets are available the CARTA Operations Facility at 3664 Leeds Ave. and at SC Works Charleston Career Center.

  • Disable Fare-Tel-A-Ride In Zone: $4.00 per ride
  • Disable Fare-Tel-A-Ride Ticket In Zone: $4.00 each
  • Disable Fare-Tel-A-Ride Out Of Zone: $5.00 per ride
  • Disable Fare-Tel-A-Ride Zone & Zone+ Tickets: $4.00 Zone ticket and $1 Zone+ ticket Passengers with Tel-A-Ride I.D. card can ride fixed-routes for $0.75 per trip free all day

Passengers with Tel-A-Ride I.D. card can ride fixed-routes for free all day, every day. Get more information on our Tel-A-Ride page.

Schools & School Groups

Charleston County School District & CARTA Routes

The maps on below show the location of Charleston County School District (CCSD) schools and which CARTA routes operate near each school. Please click on one of the following links to view the maps:

  • CCSD Elementary Schools and CARTA Routes
  • CCSD Middle Schools and CARTA Routes
  • CCSD High Schools and CARTA Routes

Who needs a car when you have CARTA? CARTA can take you all over downtown, to the beaches, to the malls, to concerts and more! If you are a student at various area institutions, passes are available and are good for an incredible 6 months unlimited use on regular route services.

Best Value Pass

Student passes are valid for an entire semester (6 months-period), all for only $80 per semester.

Student passes allow unlimited use on all regular fixed routes and can be used on premium services like CARTA Express with an additional $1.00.

Student passes are available for student attended eligible institutions. For eligibility requirements, please call 843-724-7420.

Students will be required to show a current school ID.

Passes can be purchased at the CARTA offices located at 3664 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston. Several institutions throughout the Charleston area work with CARTA to provide students with passes on campus.

Programs and cost very vary for each institution. For details on your school’s pass program please select your school from the list below. Passes are available on campus at the following:


  • Burke High School
  • Burke Middle School
  • North Charleston High School
  • Stall High School
  • West Ashley High School
  • Wando High School Moultrie Middle School
  • Centura College College of Charleston
  • Trident Technical College
  • MUSC
  • Miller Motte Technical College
  • Charleston Southern University

For more information, please call (843) 724-7420.

Discounts may be available if you have a school group that would like to use CARTA for a field trip or area outing. Large groups should always contact CARTA administration offices to make sure that services are monitored to ensure an effective trip.

Here’s a few thing to keep in mind:

  • An existing route must be used.
  • CARTA can not come to your location or detour from regular route service for your trip.
  • Please plan your trip along regular route lines and regular route times.

If you need trip planning assistance, please refer to our trip planner or call 843-724-7420 to speak to administration.

**If your school would like to find out more about CARTA’s pass programs, contact us by email at askcarta@ridecarta.com or call 843-724-7420.

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