Atlanta Airport Guide
Atlanta Airport is big, and getting around it can take time. Designed with a 'spine' in the middle and 'ribs' coming off the sides, the Plane Train runs through the center of the airport, providing access to all areas of the airport and saving a lot of walking time. The Plane Train is an automated people mover that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and stops at each of its stations (all located on level 0) every 2 minutes.
The SkyTrain is an automated people mover that connects the domestic terminal (level 3) with the Rental Car Center (RCC). It operates 24 hours a day, running every 10 minutes. It takes about 5 minutes to get from the domestic terminal to the RCC. To get to the SkyTrain from the airport, exit through the domestic terminal through the doors leading to the ground transportation area and continue walking across a pedestrian crossing. Take the escalator straight ahead take it to level 3.
To get to the RCC from the domestic terminal, passengers should exit through the right exit door (when facing towards the doors) and continue walking over the pedestrian crossing. On the left is the taxi bay and local shuttle bus stop. Straight ahead there is an escalator that goes up to Level 3. Take the escalator and continue walking until the SkyTrain station appears. Board the SkyTrain in the direction of the RCC.
Train, Bus, Shuttle
The MARTA train has two lines connecting to the airport: the Red Line (coming from North Springs Transit Station) and the Gold Line (coming from Doraville). The links for each line have a timetable and map for each station. Passengers can only pay for MARTA trains with a Breeze Card, which can be purchased at any MARTA stations and at the airport. One-way tickets cost $2. The Atlanta Airport MARTA stations are located in the domestic terminal on level 2.
The Greyhound bus company operates between Atlanta Airport and many destinations around the USA, Canada and Mexico. See all of its destinations on the Greyhound website. Passengers must arrange tickets with Greyhound. The Greyhound office and bus station is located on the ground floor of the north terminal.
Many local and regional shuttle bus companies offer transfers from Atlanta Airport, including 11 authorized companies that operate in the Downtown, Buckhead and Midtown, as well as local shuttle companies that operate in the following counties: Clayton, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and DeKalb. All shuttle companies have different fares, so it is best to contact the company directly and inquire. Atlanta Airport website has a list of available shuttle services here. It is best to book a shuttle bus in advance. All buses arrive and depart from the ground transportation area outside the domestic terminal on level 2.
Many hotels in Atlanta that offer shuttle transfers to Atlanta Airport. For more information, contact the hotel directly. See the hotel shuttles page on the Atlanta Airport website for details. All shuttles depart and arrive in the ground transport area outside the domestic terminal on level 2.
Taxi, Uber and Lyft
There are many taxi companies in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. See Yelp's 10 highest rated taxi companies on its website, or Google's highest rated taxis here. Each company has its own rates for airport transfers, however the following rates are fixed: from Downtown to the airport costs $30, from Buckhead $40, and $32 from Midtown. Taxis arrive and depart from the ground transportation area outside the domestic terminal on level 2.
Uber and Lyft:
Ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft are available to use at Atlanta Airport. Passengers should download the apps onto their phones, fill in the required information, and select a pickup and drop-off location. The ride-sharing pickup area for passengers leaving the airport is outside the domestic (north) terminal on ground level. Passengers arriving to the airport should enter the departures terminal as their drop-off location. Both apps will give an estimate of the fare price before the passenger confirms the ride.
Renting a Car, Driving and Parking
Driving and Parking:
The address of Atlanta Airport is 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320, USA and it can accommodate up to 30,000 parked cars. There are four parking categories: Hourly, Daily, Economy and Park Ride. The costs for each parking lot varies, so see the Atlanta Airport website parking page for more information. The website also has a live status of the parking lots to let passengers know which ones are full before arriving. Offsite parking is also available. Check SpotHero, Parking Guides or Airport Parking Reservations for price comparisons. Google Maps, Waze and Maps.me are useful for navigating.
Rent a Car:
The Atlanta Airport Rental Car Center (RCC) has 13 car rental companies. The RCC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To get to the RCC, passengers should catch the SkyTrain there. See above for directions for catching the SkyTrain. For passengers returning their rental cars, the RCC address is 2200 Rental Car Center Parkway Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Intl Airport, College Park, GA 30337, United States.