Cities surrounding Savannah offering shuttle services to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations downtown

Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 9:44 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - To help ease traffic troubles downtown on St. Patrick’s Day, some communities surrounding Savannah are offering shuttle service to and from the celebration.

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day brings thousands to the Hostess City. And as festivities are expected to make a near normal return, so are the traffic troubles that come with the crowds.

In Pooler, the city will run round the clock shuttles from 7:30 a.m. to midnight to Savannah. That’s in addition to hosting their own Pooler festival.

“We always did the shuttles, as you know. But we’ve never actually focused on an actual festival for that day,” said Pam Southard, with the Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ticket prices vary but are cheaper if you pre-register online beforehand.

If you live south of the city near Richmond Hill.

“They do an all-day shuttle from Richmond Hill to downtown Savannah so people can enjoy the parade and the festivities,” Kathryn Johnson, with the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, said.

The city will offer shuttle rides from 7 a.m. to midnight and cost $30.

There will be additional shuttle service the Saturday following St. Patrick’s Day for those wanting to feel the luck of the Irish for a just a little longer.

For coastal communities, Tybee Island is partnering with Old Savannah tours to offer trolley service to downtown. Those shuttles will run every 30 minutes and are available from 6 a.m. till 1 a.m. the next day. Cost varies depending on whether you’re going round trip or one way.

And if you want to avoid any traffic troubles on the roads this St. Patrick’s Day, you might find better luck using area waterways. At least that’s what some ferry companies are hoping.

“You got safe transportation by our boat’s captain and our fleet getting you to and from Savannah back to Hilton Head here,” Vagabound Cruise marketing director Danny Pegg said.

Locally-owned Vagabond Cruise will offer two ferry services into Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day, docking passengers right on River Street.

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