Asheville, North Carolina does not have an Amtrak station, but is in driving distance of two South Carolina Amtrak stations on the Crescent route. Read on to learn about your options for rental cars at both locations. Drive time from both stations is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Note that the Crescent travels between New York City and New Orleans through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The Spartanburg Station (view map) is within a 10-minute drive from Enterprise and Hertz car rental offices (Enterprise is closer). Contact the car rental company of your choice ahead of time to confirm and arrange for a pick up. If you are traveling from the north and heading south, the Spartanburg Station will be the first Asheville stop and is overall the better choice of the two stations due to the amenities in walking distance. Highlights include a hotel, Hub City Railroad Museum, Krispy Kreme and the Hub City Farmers Market (open Saturdays during warmer months).
The Greenville Station in Greenville, SC (view map) is on the outskirts of the downtown area. Enterprise and Hertz are also available companies for a car rental and both are within a 10-minute drive of the station. If you are traveling from the south, such as from New Orleans or Atlanta, you’ll reach the Greenville Station before Spartanburg, but we recommend getting off the train in Spartanburg if you are looking for an easy walk to a hotel.
Other Things to Know
- Southbound trains stop at Spartanburg around 4:15 a.m. and Greenville around 5 a.m. without delays, so there will be some wait time before the car rental companies open for the day.
- Northbound trains stop at Greenville around 11 p.m. and Spartanburg 11:40 p.m. without delays, so plan on getting a hotel room or Airbnb accommodations overnight. Spartanburg Marriott is almost directly across the street from the Spartanburg train station as the easiest option. Note that we partner with Marriott and may receive commission for helping you find a transit-accessible hotel.