Myrtle Beach Bus System makes it easy to get around

Written By: Kim Venturo
Published: July 30th, 2012 -- Last Updated: February 26th, 2013

Did you know there is a bus system, Coast RTA, available for parts of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas? And it’s cheap too! So cheap, there have been reports of taxis losing business! This blog will concentrate on the Myrtle Beach routes.

The Bus System Routes

Map to RTARoute 15N:  Myrtle Beach along Ocean Boulevard northbound- travels from Transfer Center (Myrtle’s Market) at 10th Ave and N. Oak St to Grand Strand (Hospital) Medical Center.  With stops at 14th Ave N, 21st Ave N, 26th Ave N, South Cabana Park, 71st Ave N and 76th Ave N.  Reverse route available.  Route 15N runs Monday through Sunday, 8am to 10pm  April through September.  (Shorter schedule other months of the year.)

Route 15S:  Myrtle Beach along Ocean Boulevard southbound – travels from Transfer Center (Myrtle’s Market) at 10th Ave and N. Oak St to Horry County Technical College (Grand Strand Campus). With stops at 9th Ave N, 2nd Ave N, 4th Ave S (Family Fun), 16th Ave S (Landmark Resort), 22nd Ave S (Paradise Resort), 26th Ave S, South Beach, Piggly Wiggly (Market Common), VA Clinic/Phillis Ave, Horry County Technical College (Grand Strand Campus). Reverse route available.  Route 15S runs along North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, Monday through Sunday, 8am to 10pm April through September.  (Shorter schedule other months of the year.)

Route 10:  The “Myrtle Beach Connector” will take you to Coastal Grand Mall, Broadway at the Beach, as well as other stops. Travels from Transfer Center (Myrtle’s Market) at 10th Ave and N. Oak St to 21st Ave N (Convention Center), Ripley’s Aquarium (Broadway at the Beach), Broadway at the Beach Visitor Center, Seaboard Street (Lowes/Target), Seaboard Street (Walmart/Home Depot), Coastal Grand Mall at the Cinemax. Reverse route available.  Route 10 runs Monday through Sunday, 8am to 10pm April through September. (Shorter schedule other months of the year.)

The Prices of RTA

Fare is $1.50 for adults, Seniors $1.25. Children 6 and under are free (maximum three children) and must be traveling with a full fare adult. Transfers $.25. All-Day Passes are $5.00 each. One dollar bills and United States coins are accepted.

Some pointers while riding the bus, from the website:

Wait at designated bus stops and signal the driver that you wish to ride the bus.  Drivers are not permitted to deviate from the scheduled routes.

Have  exact fare or ticket/fare card ready before boarding the bus.  Bus drivers do not carry money and cannot make change.

If you need a transfer please ask the driver when you pay your fare. You cannot obtain a transfer when you exit the bus. You must catch the next available bus traveling the route to which you transferred.  When you board the second bus, give your transfer to the driver.

When you want the bus to stop, please give your driver adequate notice. Pull the bell cord at least one block before your stop. Please use the rear door to exit the bus and allow boarding passengers to use the front door. After you exit, NEVER cross the street in front of the bus. Stand away from the bus and wait until it has left before attempting to cross the street.

Coast RTA offers senior citizens, persons with disabilities, students and Medicaid card holders reduced fare passes. These passes are valid on all fixed routes during regular operating hours and are available at the Conway Terminal.

All Coast RTA fixed route vehicles are handicap accessible.

Other Routes include:

Route 7 Conway/Myrtle Beach/Conway
Route 14 Georgetown Connector
Route 15 South Ocean Boulevard (South of 10th Ave. N)
Route 15 North Ocean Boulevard (North of 10th Ave. N)
Route 16 Georgetown/Myrtle Beach/Georgetown

For more information call 843-488-0865 or visit ridecoastrta.com and enjoy your ride!

Photo provided by MyrtleBeachOnline.com

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