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Arriving by personal boat or train are also options. The island is accessible by water, as it is on the easy-to-navigate Intracoastal Waterway. However, reservations for a place to dock should be made well in advance, as marinas on the island have limited space for private boats. To travel by train, take Amtrak to Savannah, which is on the Silver Service/Palmetto line. The station has a partnership with Hertz, so make car rental arrangements in advance and Hertz will arrange to transport you from the station to their airport rental location.
To get to Hilton Head by car, drive on I-95 until just north of the Georgia border and take Exit 8. Travel east on this road (US-278) and follow the signs directing you to Hilton Head. The bridge to the island is about 20 minutes away. You can then continue on 278 or take the Cross Island Expressway, which is faster but charges a $1 toll. A note of warning for those unfamiliar with rotaries: do not drive in the innermost lane, and enter from the left lane of the approach road unless you are taking the next exit. Also, do not arrive between 2 and 4pm and do not depart around 11am because those are peak times for check-in and check-out which makes the traffic very slow.