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Atlanta Airports

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) is Atlanta's major airport and has been ranked the world's busiest airport in number of passengers since 1998. ATL is a major hub to Delta Airlines and the low-fare, domestic airlines AirTran Airways. It is located 20 - 30 minutes south of downtown Atlanta.

ATL has five concourses: T, A, B, C, D, and E. An automated people mover transfers passengers between the Main Terminal and concourses.

Ground Transportation in Atlanta

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) trains run from the airport to other metro Atlanta areas including downtown. The MARTA station is located at the west entrance of the terminal complex. ($2.00/ride) The MARTA trains connect with MARTA buses.

On-site car rental counters are located inside the airport on the first floor within the Atrium. Car rental shuttles pick up in the Orange Bus aisle.

The Atlanta Link is a shared-ride shuttle serving the airport, downtown, midtown, and Buckhead. A ride from ATL to downtown costs $16.50 per person. If you have more than two people in your party you will want to consider taking a taxi for a flat-fee of $30 to downtown. Passengers will find the taxicab line located in the Red Bus aisle.

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Over 200 companies provide privately chauffeured sedans and limousines from ATL to areas in and around Atlanta. Fares from the airport are determined by zone. Sedan rates start at about $40 and limousine rates start at about $80.

Passengers wishing to transfer to Greyhound buses will find the Greyhound Flightlink on the Lower level of the North Terminal.

Tip: The new Airport Information and Ground Transportation Center is located in the arrival's lobby next door to Hertz Car Rental desk.

Train

Amtrak's Crescent route runs between New York and New Orleans with a stop in Atlanta. The train station is located north of downtown at 1688 Peachtree.

Interstate Buses

Greyhound provides an economical option getting to and from Atlanta via six routes. The Greyhound station is located at 232 Forsyth Street underneath the MARTA Garnett Station on the southern perimeter of downtown.

Driving

There are many driving route to Atlanta. Interstate 75 is the main route from central Florida; Interstate 85 arrives from Charlotte, North Carolina and goes on to Montgomery, Alabama; Interstate 20 jets off Interstate 95 and continues west to Birmingham, Alabama. I-95 is a major north-south East Coast artery located about 265 miles (427 km) east of Atlanta running from Miami, Florida to Weston, Main (near Boston).

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Getting Around Atlanta

Interstate 285 (I-285) is a beltway interstate highway encompassing Atlanta. Locally it is called the Perimeter. Inside the Perimeter is where most Atlanta's attractions are.

Peachtree Street is Atlanta's main north-south street. It begins at Five Points in Downtown Atlanta, running north and eventually changes names to Peachtree Road.

Tip: Beware when receiving directions, many streets in Atlanta are name  "Peachtree" with the difference being Lane, Avenue, Plaza Drive, etc.

Trains and Buses

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is a great way for tourists to get between the airport, downtown and midtown. The MARTA rail route runs north-south and east-west, meeting at the Five Points Station in downtown. ($2.00/ride)

MARTA bus routes extend through out the city and reach areas the rail does not. MARTA bus routes are in close proximity to the MARTA rail stops, making connections between the two very simple. ($2.00/ride)

Shuttles

During the summer months MARTA operates express shuttles during to Six Flags over Georgia, Turner Field for the Braves games, and HiFi Buys Amphitheatre. The shuttles depart from different locations. For more information visit the MARTA site. ($2.00/ride)

Taxi

Flagging down a taxi in downtown Atlanta and near other busy attractions is possible, but to guarantee a ride it is best to call ahead.

Bicycles

Atlanta is a bike friendly town with many bike paths and trails. Bicycles are welcomed on MARTA rail and buses are equipped with bike racks.

Handicapped Access

All MARTA buses are equipped with wheel chairlifts. MARTA rail stations are fully accessible and every train has a space dedicated for wheelchairs.

Written by: Elizabeth Blair
Top Photo Credit: © Kevin C. Rose | Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Description: MARTA rail line.