Flight guide to Atlanta

Overview of Atlanta

Atlanta flights give way to the big city with lots of Southern hospitality, traces its history from a...

Airport Guide to Atlanta International (ATL)

Airport Name

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located 10 miles south of Atlanta.


2 (6 concourses)




404 209 1700 or 404 530 7300

Airport Overview

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), better known as Atlanta Airport, is situated 7 miles (11km) south of the city center of Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1999, it has been the world’s busiest airport, serving 88 million passengers annually. The busiest international flights to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport come in from Cancun, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto and Jamaica.

A massive facility, Atlanta Airport has two terminals that are separated by an atrium comprising a spacious seating area, numerous restaurants and shops, a bank, business center, the MARTA train station and the Ground Transportation Center. Six concourse buildings provide boarding access for passengers.

Overall, Atlanta Airport is organized and efficient. However, it’s fairly easy to get lost if you’re a first-time visitor. Luckily there's an abundance of information desks and helpful staff. An Automated People Mover ensures that passengers travel between terminals and concourses with ease and efficiency.

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Terminal Transfer

Atlanta Airport covers 5,800,000 square feet (539,000m2). There are two terminals, namely the North Terminal and the South Terminal, in addition to six concourses. To get between terminals and concourses you can either walk via the rather long Transportation Mall (hallway), which includes a series of moving walkways, or catch the Automated People Mover, The Plane Train.


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Getting into Town

Train: Located just past baggage claim, the Marta Subway station provides rapid transport to the city at a fee of $2 (one way). The trip takes 15 minutes and free transfers for rail and bus are included.

Taxi: Taxis run from the airport to business districts according to a flat-rate fee of $30 for a trip to Downtown Atlanta, $32 to Midtown, and $40 to Buckhead. There’s also a charge of $2 for each additional passenger and a $1.50 flag drop fee. The duration of the journey is between 20 and 30 minutes.

Bus: Marta Bus services charge a flat rate of $2 for a one-way ticket to the city. A free shuttle service transports passengers to nearby hotels. 

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Car Parking

Atlanta Airport’s car parks can accommodate up to 31,000 cars. There are both short-term and long-term parking options, as well as hourly car parks for quick visits. Rates are $3 per hour for all car parks; however, maximum daily charges are between $16 and $36, depending on their proximity to the airport.     

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Information Desks

In addition to a number of information desks situated throughout the terminal building, there’s also a visitor center in the Atrium and a team of multi-lingual customer service representatives patrolling the airport.


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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange and post office.

Luggage: Left luggage and lost and found in the main terminal.

Conference and business: The Executive Conference Center features 23 meeting rooms and offers access to telephone, fax, Internet, photocopying, video-conferencing, audio-visual equipment and PC facilities at an hourly rate. Laptop Lane in the Atrium offers Internet access and provides telephone, fax, printing and photocopying services.  

Shopping: With approximately 60 retail outlets to choose from, shopping at Atlanta Airport is hard to resist. Fashion and jewelry stores include Brooks Brothers, Erwin Pearl, Lacoste, Sean John and Swarovski, to name a few, while bookshops and newsagents include the likes of Atlanta Daily World, Buckhead Books, CNBC News, Global News Express, Midtown Magazine and Simply Books. There’s also a vast array of gadget, entertainment, souvenir, gift and health and beauty stores scattered through the airport.

Food and drink: Atlanta Airport features more than 70 restaurants, cafes, health food bistros and fast food outlets. From Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Charley’s Stakery to Asian Chao, Heineken Bar and Grill, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Atlanta Bread Company and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as well as a host of coffee shops and confectionery stores. There are wining and dining options to suit all tastes.

Other facilities: There is an interfaith chapel, medical center and a number of AED units (defibrillators). There’s also a plentiful supply of power outlets for those needing to charge their batteries.

Wi-Fi: High-speed Wi-Fi is available at a cost from a number of operators, including Boingo. The airport is currently investigating infrastructure options for free Wi-Fi, so watch this space.

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Car Rentals

Car rental companies at Atlanta International include Advantage, Airport Rent-a-Car of Atlanta, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, EZ, Hertz, iTravel, National, Payless and Thrifty.