Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is the second largest commercial airport in Georgia (after Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International), serving nearly 3 million passengers annually. Located about 8 miles north of Savannah's historic district, the airport is a gateway to Georgia's Coastal Empire and South Carolina's Low Country. It offers flights to and from major cities in the United States and Canada such as Chicago, New York, and Toronto via Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, and other major carriers. It's also the world headquarters for Gulfstream Aerospace and serves as the base for the Georgia National Guard's 165th Airlift Wing.
There is one, two-level terminal for commercial flights, with 15 gates for arrivals and departures as well as a large Visitor's Center offering information about nearby tourist destinations, a post office, and more. The airport is directly off I-95, and offers valet, long and short term parking, plus shuttle, taxi, and other services for visitors.
Learn more about the airport's flights, layout, services, and transportation options below.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information
Know Before You Go
Savannah/Hilton Head is a compact regional airport. There is only one terminal, with arrivals, transportation access, rental car counters, baggage claim, and a Visitor's Center on the first level and ticketing, security, and departure gates on the second level. Because the airport serves popular vacation destinations and only has one security access point, plan on arriving at least 90 minutes before your flight, especially during high season (spring and summer).
The airport offers nonstop flights to over 30 destinations in the United States and Canada via Air Canada, Allegiant American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier, JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines, and United Airlines. Some direct flights are seasonal, but year-round service is available to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Parking
The airport has several options for short and long term parking. The most expensive option is valet, which is located at ticketing/departures on level two and costs $10 for a half-day and $20 a full day.
Long term/hourly parking is available in a four-level parking garage 150 feet from the terminal. The deck includes 1,680 parking spaces, an electronic system noting parking availability, covered walkways, handicap options, and five PEP Electric Vehicle (EV) changing stations. Rates are $1 per hour, $12 daily, and $60 weekly.
Economy parking is located directly south of the long term/hourly parking garage. The two-level garage is 385 feet from the terminal and includes 2,000 parking spaces, handicapped options, and covered walkways. Rates are $1 per hour, $8 a day, and $40 a week.
Oversized and overflow parking is located approximately 900 feet from the terminal and costs $1 per hr, $5 a day, and $35 a week. Directly next to that is the SAV Value Pack lot, available only to residents of Savannah, with 250 spaces and rates of $1 per hour, $5 a day, and $35 a week. Note the entrance to that lot is located off Patrick S. Graham Drive.
Additional options include 3-hour Tesla parking, with eight superchargers available for 3 hours only, and a free cell phone waiting lot.
Savannah/Hilton Head International airport is located off I-95, which runs north to south, and is bordered on the south by I-16, which runs east to west. The airport is about 20 minutes from Savannah, 45 minutes from Hilton Head Island, and less than 2 hours from Charleston.
Directions to SAV from the north:
Take I-95S to exit 104 to Airways Avenue (east), which goes directly to the airport.
Directions to SAV from the south:
Take I-95N to exit 104 to Airways Avenue and the airport terminal.
Directions to SAV from the east:
Take I-16W to exit 157B north onto I-95, then exit 104 to the airport as above.
Directions to SAV from the west:
Take I-16E and to exit 157B to I-95N and follow directions above.
Public Transportation and Taxis
Taxis are available on the lower level outside of baggage claim, while rideshare services Lyft and Uber offer pick up is at the north entrance of baggage claim.
Savannah's bus system, Chatham Area Transit (CAT), operates to and from the airport daily. Visit the CAT websiteto view the airport bus schedule.
Some local resorts offer shuttles to and from the airport, but those must be arranged in advance, directly with transportation companies.
Where to Eat and Drink
As Savannah/Hilton Head International is a small airport, food and drink options are limited. All restaurants are located on the airport's second level.
For quick pre-security snacks, there is a Starbucks and a Leopold's Ice Cream. Otherwise, you can enjoy a sit down meal at Southbound Taphouse, which offers simple pub fare like burgers, sandwiches, and salads, along with craft beer from local namesake brewer Southbound Brewing Co.
Post security, there are a handful of fast casual options like Burger King, Great American Bagel, and Starbucks. There are only two full service spots: the golf-themed chain PGA Tour Grill, which focuses on healthy ingredients and craft cocktails, and the Stella Bar, featuring Stella Artois beer.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport installed free, upgraded Wi-Fi in 2015, so expect speedy internet connections. There are also ample charging stations located throughout the airport.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Tips and Facts
- Take advantage of the airport's fully staffed Visitor Information Center. Located in baggage claim and open from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The center can assist with directions, maps, transportation, mail, copying, and navigating local attractions.
- Enjoy a relaxing moment pre- or post-flight in one of the rocking chairs scattered around the pre-security courtyard and outside among the well-manicured grounds.
- Visit the USO facility on level two if you're an active service member. The space provides snacks and a quiet space for military personnel and their families.
- Plan on extra time for driving to the airport and in security lines during peak travel, such as spring and summer breaks.