Driving Distances and Roadways

Driving Distances

Wilmington, one of the few deep-water ports on the southeastern seaboard, is about 50 miles from the South Carolina state line. We've listed a few distances and driving times below to give a feel for how long it takes to get here.

Myrtle Beach, SC: 75 mi. — 1½ hrs.

Raleigh, NC: 127 mi. — 2 hrs.

Charlotte, NC: 197 mi. — 3¾ hrs.

Asheville, NC: 360 mi. — 6 hrs.

Charleston, SC: 170 mi. — 3½ hrs.

Columbia, SC: 210 mi. — 4 hrs.

Washington, DC: 375 mi. — 6 hrs.

Atlanta, GA: 416 mi. — 8 hrs.

Nashville, TN: 644 mi. —  10½ hrs.

New York, NY: 608 mi. — 10 hrs.

Cleveland, OH: 703 mi. — 11½ hrs.


For those wanting to take a really long road trip, Wilmington is linked to Barstow, California, via 2,554 miles of Interstate Highway 40, the longest interstate highway in the nation. The final leg from Raleigh to Wilmington, about two hours, has numerous stops for gas and two state operated rest stops.

From the south, U.S. Highway 17 roughly parallels the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, but is a number of miles inland, so there are no views of the ocean. If you are not stopping in Myrtle Beach, you can avoid the congestion of U.S. 17 by taking the six-lane bypass, S.C. Highway 31. Pick it up west of U.S. 17 at either S.C. Highway 544 or U.S. Highway 501 and breeze through the 25 miles to where it ends at S.C. Highway 9. When you exit, go east, following the signs back to U.S. 17 at Little River, SC. Travel north and you'll cross the state line into North Carolina. Just off U.S. 17 on N.C. 179 is Calabash, famous for its seafood restaurants. Continuing north on U.S. 17 you'll reach Supply, N.C. Here you have the option of taking N.C. 211 into Southport, a historic fishing village at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. From Southport, you can take N.C. 133 or N.C. 87 north to rejoin U.S. 17 or take the state ferry to Fort Fisher on Pleasure Island. On U.S. 421 north of the ferry dock are Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and the North Carolina Aquarium, the largest of the state aquariums.

From the west, U.S. 74 from Charlotte and Interstate 20, becoming U.S. 76 from Columbia, S.C., merge near Whiteville and continue toward Wilmington. They junction with U.S. 17 just west of the N.C. 133 north exit to the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Memorial. The majority of these roads are easy-to-drive, four-lane highways through gently rolling countryside and coastal plains.

By Air


Wilmington International Airport Wilmington Getting Here, Getting Around
1740 Airport Blvd.
Wilmington, NC
(910) 341-4125

Conveniently located only five minutes from downtown Wilmington, NC, and approximately twenty minutes from Wrightsville Beach, the Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines. Welcoming nearly 820,000 passengers annually, the Wilmington International Airport is the fifth largest airport in North Carolina. ILM...more about Wilmington International Airport

1100 Jetport Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 448-1589

The Myrtle Beach International Airport is most convenient for residents and visitors in the extreme southern coastal area. It is serviced by the following airlines: Porter, (888) 619-8622; United , (800) 525-0280; Allegiant, (702) 505-8888; Delta (800) 221-1212; SpiritAir, (800) 772-7117; Vision Airlines (877)359-2538 and USAirways, (800) 428-4327.

Construction continues on schedule...more about Myrtle Beach International Airport

Air Charters, Rentals, Leasing

1820 Flight Line Road
Wilmington, NC
(910) 763-8898
(800) 526-0285

Aero Service Inc. North offers transient services only....more about Aero Service Inc. North

(910) 763-8844

Aero Service Inc. South offers flight training, maintenance and transient services....more about Aero Service Inc. South

1817 Aviation Road
Wilmington, NC
(910) 763-0146

Air Wilmington offers maintenance, service, charters, leasing and flight training....more about Air Wilmington

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