Atlanta's trains and buses reach most parts of the city, but they are not always the most convenient way to get around. Services are also limited outside of the immediate city limits. The MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) network is inexpensive, safe, and well-integrated, but travel can be slow. There are weekly, weekend, and visitor's passes available for various rates.
Atlanta is a car-dominated city, so there is plenty of parking, especially at tourist sights. However, traffic on the freeways and in the city centre can be very busy, particularly during rush hours. During conventions and big sporting and entertainment events, it is easier to use public transport to get around.
Taxis are available, but it is easier to order one by phone than to find one on the street; they can also be found in taxi stands around the city. Visitors should be cautious of unlicensed taxis, and women travelling alone at night should order taxis by phone. Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are available in the city.
Atlanta International Airport
The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of downtown Atlanta.
Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
LocationThe airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of downtown Atlanta.
Getting to the city
The airport is serviced by the trains and buses of the local Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Tickets to downtown Atlanta cost $2.50 and the journey takes around 20 minutes. Other options like taxis, shuttles and limousines are all available at the Ground Transportation Center, located near the baggage claim area of the arrival's lobby.
TimeGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Taxis are available at the Ground Transportation Center, located near the baggage claim area of the arrivals lobby. The fixed fare from the airport to downtown Atlanta is $30 and a $2-per-person fee applies for two or more passengers.
Transfer between terminals
The two terminals and six concourses are connected by an automated people mover that operates approximately every two minutes. A fifteen minute shuttle ride connects the International Terminal with the Domestic Terminal's ground transportation area.
The airport offers more than 250 concessions for services, food, beverages, and retail shopping. Additional services include currency exchange offices and ATMs, internet access, and meeting rooms. Other facilities include an interfaith chapel, smoking lounges, a post office, nursing stations, and concierge services.
The airport provides short- and long-term parking. Daily rates vary depending on their distance from the terminal; the hourly parking lots located in front of each terminal are the most convenient parking for picking up or dropping off. There are also daily lots adjacent to the airport's main terminal and economy lots nearby. The Park and Ride lots are the cheapest option and are connected by regular shuttle buses. Electrical vehicle charging stations are available at the airport.