How To Ride

The essential guide for first-time riders

Please observe these simple rules:

  • No smoking
  • No eating or drinking
  • No littering
  • Use headphones if listening or playing personal devices
  • Speak softly when using cell phones
  • No tipping
  • Passengers MUST wear shirts, shoes and pants/shorts/skirts

Don't forget to download the Coast RTA Ride Tracker App

For real-time tracking of your bus, please download our APP with the Coast RTA App!

Preferred Locations for Boarding on Kings Hwy 17:

We highly recommend using crosswalks. Take extra precautions when crossing Highway 17 and there is not a crosswalk available. When the walk signal is activated, use the crosswalk to cross. The following intersections have crosswalks:

15 North – Kings / Ocean / 82nd Parkway

  • 9th Ave N
  • 10th Ave N
  • 16th Ave N – Yachtsman Resort, Seaglass Tower, Driftwood, Sea Park, Dolphin, Sandcastle Resort, Towers​
  • 21st Ave N – Camelot by the Sea, Breakers, Atlantis Condos, Outrigger, Schooner II Beach, Ocean 22 by Hilton​
  • 25th Ave N – Boardwalk Beach, Sunrise, Sun Fun, Meridian Plaza, Dayton House, Palms Resort, The Waves, Carolina Grande, Carolinian Resort, Anderson Hotel, Breeze View, Sail Inn, Sea Dip, Court Capri, Lazy G Motel, Breakers Boutique
  • 29th Ave N – Patricia Grand, Oceanaire, Riptide Beach Club, Caribbean Resort & Villas​​
  • 38th Ave N

15 South – Airport/Market Common

  • 9th Ave N
  • 8th Ave N – Sea Palms, Diplomat, Sand Bucket, The Gay Noel, Happy Holiday, Budget Inn, Bay View, Rainbow, Holiday Sands North, Sea Cove, Windsurfer
  • 3rd Ave S – Beermuda Sands, Oceans One, 7 Brothers, Sea Shore, Sandy Beach, Chip Inn, Peggy Ann
  • 6th Ave S – Westage MB, Econo Lodge Inn, Sea Dunes, 3 Palms, Hotel Blue
  • 9th Ave S – Sea Crest, Captain’s Quarters, Ocean Plaza, Polynesian, Quality Inn & Suits
  • 13th Ave S – Super 8 Motel, Coral Beach, Blu Atlantic, Sea Mist, Days Inn, Rodeway Inn, The Beach Club, Cabana Inn, Summer Sands
  • 17th Ave S – Landmark Resort, Waikiki Village, Palace, Wave Rider, Beachwalk, Gazebo Inn, Twilight Surf, Hampton Inn, Best Western, Ocean Park
  • Harrelson Blvd (apx. 23rd Ave S and 22nd Ave S) – Blue Water, Hurl Rock, The Reef, Mystic Sea, Coral Blue, Grand Atlantic, Paradise, Sandcastle, Compass Cove, Holiday Sands, Regency Towers
  • Farrow Parkway (end of South Ocean Blvd apx. 33rd Ave S) – Johnathan Harbour, Super 8, Sun N Sand, Sea Hawk, Tropical Seas, Crown Reef, Springmaid Beach, South Beach Resort

For more information, please contact Coast RTA Customer Service at 843-488-0865.

Waiting for the bus:

Coast RTA drivers will not honor flag stops on routes where there are established bus stops with signs. Please wait at designated bus stops and signal the driver you wish to ride the bus. Drivers are not permitted to deviate from the scheduled routes.

Boarding the bus:

Please have your fare or ticket/fare card ready before boarding the bus. Bus drivers do not carry money nor can they make change. Riders eligible for half-fare discounts must have their identification card ready to show the driver, or they will be required to pay the full fare.

Fare information:

Our drivers do not carry money and are unable to make change.

Beginning on September 26, 2022, we are excited to announce that Coast RTA will be implementing a “Tap to Cap” pilot program that will allow us to make changes to our fare collection system.  As a result, we are making it easier to pay and providing our customers a way to “cap” their daily fares to $3.50.

As part of this program, we are making ALL fares just $1.00.  As such, we are eliminating the use of transfers on our buses and more importantly, we are unable to process our old “magstripe” passes. 

Each time you board a Coast RTA vehicle, you will simply “tap” your contactless payment for a “cap” of $3.50 per day.  For a limited time, we will continue to take cash fares, but they will not be eligible for our “Tap to Cap” program. 

Customers who are eligible for reduced fares will be able to continue to ride for FREE during NON-PEAK times.  As a reminder, peak times are 6-9am and 3-6 pm.  Here are some ways to use your contactless payment system on our vehicles:

  • Use your contactless debit or credit card (VISA, Mastercard, Cash Card, etc.) Your card will have the Wi-Fi symbol if it is eligible.
  • Use the mobile wallet on your smartphone (Apple Pay, Google, Pay, Cash App, etc.). 

Riding the bus:

Please make front seats available for elderly or disabled passengers. After paying your fare, take your seat as quickly as possible. This allows the driver to start moving and stay on schedule. For your safety, we ask that you hold on to the grab rails or seat backs and use seat belts if available. Do not move around on a moving bus. Wait until the bus stops to get out of your seat.


We no longer sell transfers.  Magstripe cards and passes are no longer accpeted.

Exiting the bus:

When you wish to exit the bus, please pull the bell cord at least one block before your stop. Use the rear door to exit the bus and allow boarding passengers to use the front door. For your safety, do not cross the street in front of the bus.

Transfer points:

Myrtle Beach

The Ivory Wilson Transfer Center located on 10th Avenue North across from City Hall is the transfer point for these routes:

  • Route 7: Conway/Myrtle Beach/Conway
  • Route 10: Myrtle Beach Local
  • Route 15: South Airport / Market Common (South of 10th Ave. North to Market Common on Kings Hwy 17, 15S will serve the Myrtle Beach International Airport) 
  • Route 15: North Kings / Ocean / 82nd Pkwy (North of 10th Ave. to 38th Ave. North Kings Hwy, 38th Ave. North Ocean Blvd to Grand Strand Medical), North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing
  • Route 16: Georgetown/Myrtle Beach/Georgetown


The Coast RTA Terminal located at 1418 Third Avenue in downtown Conway is the transfer point for these routes:

  • Route 1: Conway Local
  • Route 2: Conway/ Loris
  • Route 3: Conway/ Bucksport
  • Route 7: Conway/Myrtle Beach/Conway


Lynch Street is the transfer point for these routes:

  • Route 16 Express: Georgetown/Myrtle Beach
  • Route 16: Georgetown/Myrtle Beach/Conway
  • Route 16: Murrells Inlet/Surfside Beach

For more information, please contact Coast RTA Customer Service at 843-488-0865.


All Coast RTA fixed route vehicles are handicap accessible.

Our Mission

To provide safe, reliable, affordable and courteous mass public transportation that enhances the quality of life for residents and supports the growth of tourism.


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