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Transportation

Make your way through Columbia and The University of South Carolina by making use of out public bus transportation system, private taxis, and our airports to send you world wide!

Bus Routes and Travel around USC

The Comet is the city of Columbia's public bus transportation service that provides routes all throughout Columbia. Their website Catch The Comet for all the information you need about routes, times, and availability. A one way pass is $2.00 and a monthly pass is $40.00. Certain routes operate on the Soda Cap shuttle which is free!

  • LYFT and UBER are popular taxi service apps

  • Carolina Taxi and Blue Ribbon Taxi Cab which (local taxi services)

Other Forms of Transportation Include

Drivers License Information

Every state in the US recognizes foreign driver's licenses and in most cases the international license will be valid for up to four months after the date you enter the U.S. After that you will have to obtain a drivers license to legally drive in the U.S.

How to Obtain a Drivers License in South Carolina

  • You must first learn the rules of the road available online, since you are required to take a written test before receiving a beginners permit

  • After you have obtained a beginners permit a licensed driver must teach you how to drive

    • There are private services that teach classes for a fee. These can be found by searching "Driver training services in Columbia, SC"

  • You must take a road test in a private car at the local South Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) office in order to receive a driver's license. Once you have passed the road test, you must show your passport and visa information before you are presented with your physical card.

  • SCDMV Form MV-94 describes all of the requirements and information needed for international students to obtain a SC Driver's License

Airport Information

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is able to provide Columbia with travel around the US!

Check out their website to find flight locations, rates, and schedules

Other popular airports that people use to travel world wide include the Charlotte-Douglas and the Atlanta airport in Georgia. There are two van services that provide transportation to these airports from Columbia which can be found here: