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You're Going to Love Greenville

A fusion of old and new Southern American culture, Greenville is home to beautiful brick buildings, great barbecue, and a creative scene that brings people to the area from all over the world.

Known for its large theaters and event venues, Greenville regularly welcomes the world's greatest performers for a show. With numerous festivals throughout the year, chances are high that something will be happening during your visit.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Greenville

1. Jazz

As with many southern cities, jazz is everyhwere in Greenville, which plays host to the Countybank Main Street Jazz festival from April to September.

2. The Beautiful River

The Reedy River runs through the town center and is flanked by walking trails and parks in scenic spots.

3. Foodie Heaven

Downtown is home to more than 80 restaurants, making Greenville a top location for foodies.

4. Learn about Local History

Like any cultural hub, Greenville has a number of great museums like the Greenville County Museum of Art and the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery housing art and artifacts.

5. Laid-Back Vibe

While Greenville isn't a small town, it can very well feel like one thanks to its relaxed atmosphere.

Where to Eat in Greenville

Greenville has many great eateries serving both southern and international cuisine. One of the best restaurants in town is Pita House, serving Middle Eastern meals that cost as little as $5. The best BBQ establishment is Henry's Smokehouse, where meals run $5-8.

Most popular restaurants in Greenville

$$$$
Contemporary American
Excellent (822 reviews)
American
Excellent (751 reviews)
American
Excellent (546 reviews)
American
Excellent (516 reviews)
American
Excellent (487 reviews)
Contemporary European
Excellent (294 reviews)

When to visit Greenville

Greenville in May
Estimated hotel price
$100
1 night at 3-star hotel
Greenville in May
Estimated hotel price
$100
1 night at 3-star hotel

Greenville can get quite hot and humid in the summer, so travelers would do well to visit during spring and fall, when moderate temperatures are the norm.

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How to Get to Greenville

Plane

Greenville is served by two airports, one of which, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), serves international flights. A taxi into the center of town runs about $30.

Train

There is an Amtrak station in town at 1120 West Washington Street. The city lies on the Crescent line, which connects New Orleans to New York.

Car

Greenville links to Atlanta and Charlotte via the I-85 and the nearby I-26 connects to Asheville and Charleston.

Bus

Greenville has a Greyound bus station that connects to cities like Charlotte, North Carolina for as little as $21.

Airports near Greenville

Airlines serving Greenville

United Airlines
Good (2,303 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (1,045 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,753 reviews)
KLM
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (269 reviews)
British Airways
Good (745 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,536 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (926 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (835 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (287 reviews)
Iberia
Good (526 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (452 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (149 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (568 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (329 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (255 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (64 reviews)
Finnair
Good (339 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,609 reviews)
LOT
Good (209 reviews)
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Where to stay in Greenville

The downtown area is highly walkable and may be the best place to stay in Greenville. The Pettigru Place B&B located nearby offers decorated rooms at about $170 a night. Aloft Greenville Downtown is another highly rated local option.

Popular neighborhoods in Greenville

Main Street - home to shopping, dining, music venues, and one of the best urban parks in America, Falls Park on the Reedy.

Pettigru Historic District - Pettigru Historic District is home to some of the city's oldest and most beautiful homes.

Overbrook Historic District - another great place to walk around and explore Greenville's history.

Where to stay in popular areas of Greenville

Most booked hotels in Greenville

Drury Inn & Suites Greenville
Excellent (9.1, 1067 reviews)
$119+
Hampton Inn Greenville/Woodruff Road
Excellent (9, 366 reviews)
$117+
Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace
Excellent (8.9, 187 reviews)
$182+
Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center
Excellent (8.5, 567 reviews)
$125+
Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville/Spartanburg I-85, SC
Excellent (8.5, 154 reviews)
$123+
Crowne Plaza Greenville
Excellent (8.2, 709 reviews)
$112+
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How to Get Around Greenville

Public Transportation

Two downtown trolleys operate in Greenville, and Greenlink bus stations are found all over town. A one-day pass costs $5, and a single ride costs $1.50.

Taxi

Numerous taxis can be found in town. Fares start at $2 for pickup with an additional $2.75 a mile.

Car

Greenville is easy to navigate by car. Car rental costs about $30 a day for an economy model.

The Cost of Living in Greenville

Shopping Streets

Most of the city's shops are found in the Main Street area. Shoppers can find a pair of jeans for about $40 in town, and summer dresses cost a similar amount.

Groceries and Other

Numerous grocers are located throughout town. The average cost for a dozen eggs is $2.78, and a loaf of fresh bread runs $2.63.

Cheap meal
$12.50
A pair of jeans
$37.37
Single public transport ticket
$1.75
Cappuccino
$3.47
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