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Travel Guides 03 Sept 2020

Complete Guide to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Complete Guide

Traveling through the busiest airport in the world does not have to be stressful. This guide is designed to help you navigate through the Atlanta Airport, both Domestic and International Terminals.

Find everything you need about how to get there, flight information, terminal maps, airport facilities, and nearby hotels right here before you go:   

 

About Atlanta Airport

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) has been the world’s busiest airport since 1998. It’s the international gateway to the United States and is within a 2-hour flight of 80% of the US population. There are flights all over North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The airport consists of two terminals, Domestic Terminal and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal. The Domestic Terminal is separated into North and South sides for ticketing, check-in, and baggage claim. Although Atlanta Airport is a rather large and busy airport, most travelers find that it is simple to navigate through, thanks to clear signage and accessible transportation.

Atlanta Airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The busiest times are typically from Monday - Friday between 5:00-9:00 am, and Thursday/Friday/Sunday between 3:00 - 6:00pm. Atlanta Airport security wait times will be much longer during these busy periods.

 

Directions to Atlanta Airport

While there are many ways to get to the Atlanta Airport, the fastest way to reach the terminals is by car. Atlanta Airport is located seven miles from the Downtown Atlanta district and is easily accessible via I-85 and I-75. These interstates connect with I-285, I-675, Georgia State Route 166, and I-20 within 10 miles of the airport.

Other transportation options, such as public transportation, taxi, or rideshare, will take longer to reach the airport due to the extra waiting time involved. Compare all the major transportation options below:

By Car

Before you leave, it’s important to know the terminal from which you are departing. If you are headed to the International Terminal from the Atlanta area, get on I-75 S/I-85S and continue on to I-75 S, then take exit 239 towards the International Terminal. For the Domestic terminal, get on I-75 S/I-85S and continue on to I-85 S, then take exit 72. Both routes take approximately 15 minutes from the downtown Atlanta area.

By Public Transportation

If you are coming from the Downtown area of Atlanta, the MARTA Gold and Red lines terminate at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The train station is located at the Airport Station near the Domestic Terminal. If you have an international flight, then you will need to take the free shuttle bus located outside of baggage claim. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes and the train departs every 10 – 20 minutes.

Bus route 191 is the only MARTA bus that services the Atlanta Airport. It operates from Clayton County Justice Center to Lakewood Station, with a stop at ATL midway.

By Taxi

Taxi stands at Atlanta Airport are located outside of baggage claim at each terminal. A ride to the Downtown District costs a flat rate minimum of $30, plus $2 per person. Rides to Midtown start at $32 and Buckhead starts at $40. All other areas are $2.50 for the first eighth-mile, then $0.25 for each additional eighth-mile.

By Rideshare

Uber X rides are generally cheaper than taxis at the Atlanta Airport. For the Domestic Terminal, meet your driver at the Rideshare Pickup Zone. Request your ride once you have reached the pick-up area, as your driver will have to pay for parking if they have been waiting in the lot for more than 15 minutes. For the International Terminal, there is not a designated pick-up area, so you will have to wait for your driver at the outer curb.

 

ATL Parking

Atlanta Airport has three on-site parking garages, three economy lots, four park and ride lots, as well as several off-site parking lots. 

For the Domestic Terminal, covered parking is available at the North and South Terminal Garages. Uncovered economy parking lots are adjacent to the garages across from each terminal. Park and Ride Lots are one mile southwest of the airport with free shuttles that transport passengers to and from the North and South sides of the Domestic Terminal.

For the International Terminal, there is an expensive hourly parking deck directly in front of the terminal entrance. The International Park-Ride covered garage is located 1.6 miles away and offers free shuttles to the airport.

For budget-friendly parking, off-site facilities provide the most affordable rates on short and long term Hartsfield-Jackson parking. For example, WallyPark ATL is located 5 minutes from the Domestic Terminal and starts at just $5.50 per day. It is possible to book your spot in advance so you are guaranteed space upon arrival.

For a more detailed price comparison, you can read about Atlanta Airport parking rates in our blog, our compare prices directly by entering your travel dates in the search bar above.

 

Atlanta Airport Terminals and Concourses

There are two terminals at Atlanta Airport, the Domestic Terminal and the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal. There are 195 gates divided into seven concourses between the Domestic and International Terminals. The Concourses from west to east are Concourses T, A, B, C, D, E, and F.

The terminals and concourses are connected via an Automated People Mover, called The Plane Train. The Plane Train arrives every 2 minutes and stops at each concourse and the domestic baggage claim area. If you are moving between concourses, it is recommended to use the train as the Atlanta Airport is exceptionally large.

Atlanta Airport Domestic Terminal

The Domestic Terminal is on the western side of the airport and is separated into two sides, the North and South Terminals. The Atrium in the middle connects the two sides and features the main security checkpoint, the Ground Transportation Center, and the MARTA station. The Domestic Terminal houses Concourses T, A, B, C, and D. Delta Air Lines is housed exclusively in the South Terminal, while all other domestic airlines are at the North Terminal.

Atlanta Airport International Terminal

The International Terminal is on the eastern side of the airport and houses Concourses E - F. Concourse E is exclusively used by Delta flights, while Concourse F is used by all other international carriers and some Delta flights. Once passengers have picked up their luggage from the International baggage claim area, they cannot access the Plane Train if they need to make their way to the Domestic Terminal parking area or MARTA train service. The airport has a free 15-minute shuttle that links the International and Domestic Terminals.

 

Flights from Atlanta Airport

Atlanta Airport is served by 23 passenger airlines, which fly to over 225 domestic and international destinations. It is the primary hub for Delta Air Lines and a focus city for Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines. You can check your Atlanta Airport flight status by visiting the airline website. Find how to check your flight status on our blog.

Direct Flights from Atlanta Airport

Airline Destination
Air Canada Express Toronto-Pearson
Air Choice Jackson (TN)
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Alaska Airlines Seattle-Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Laguardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Washington National
American Eagle Charlotte, Miami, Laguardia, Philadelphia, Washington National, Chicago O'Hare (seasonal)
Boutique Air Greenville (MS), Muscle Shoals
British Airways London-Heathrow
Delta Air Lines

Akron-Canton, Albany (NY), Albuquerque, Allentown, Amsterdam, Appleton, Aruba, Asheville, Augusta (GA), Austin, Baltimore, Belize City, Bermuda, Birmingham (AL), Bogotá, Bonaire, Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Buffalo, Burbank, Burlington (VT), Cancún, Cape Town (begins October 24, 2020), Cartagena, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City (IA), Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Chicago Midway, Chicago O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia (SC), Columbus Glenn, Cozumel, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas Love Field, Dayton, Daytona Beach, Denver, Des Moines, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Detroit, El Paso, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fayetteville (NC), Flint, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Frankfurt, Gainesville, Grand Cayman, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Gulfport/Biloxi, Harrisburg, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston Hobby, Houston Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson (MS), Jacksonville (FL), Johannesburg O. R. Tambo, Kansas City, Key West, Kingston Norman Manley, Knoxville, Lafayette, Lagos, LaGuardia, Las Vegas, Lexington, Liberia (CR), Lima, Little Rock, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Louisville, Madison, Madrid, Maiquetía, Managua, Melbourne (FL), Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mobile, Montego Bay, Monterrey, Munich, Nashville, Nassau, Newark, New Orleans, Newport News, New York JFK, Norfolk, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ontario (CA), Orange County, Orlando, Panama City (FL), Panama City Tocumen, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Providence, Providenciales, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Quito, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Roanoke, Roatán, Rochester (NY), Rome–Fiumicino, Sacramento, St. Louis, St. Lucia Hewanorra, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José (Costa Rica), San José del Cabo, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santiago de Chile, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Sarasota, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul Incheon, Shanghai Pudong, Stuttgart, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tegucigalpa, Tokyo Haneda, Toronto Pearson, Tri-Cities (TN), Tucson, Tulsa, Vancouver, Washington Dulles, Washington National, West Palm Beach, White Plains, Wichita, Wilmington (NC)

Seasonal: Anchorage, Antigua, Barcelona, Bozeman, Dublin, Eagle/Vail, Fargo, Green Bay, Grenada, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, Kalispell, Manchester (NH), Milan–Malpensa, Missoula, Montréal Trudeau, Montrose, Myrtle Beach, Palm Springs, Reno-Tahoe, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Venice, Zürich

Delta Connection

Akron-Canton, Albany (GA), Alexandria, Allentown, Appleton, Asheville, Augusta (GA), Baton Rouge, Bloomington/Normal, Brunswick, Burlington (VT), Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charleston (WV), Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Columbia (SC), Columbus (GA), Columbus (MS), Dothan, Evansville, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fayetteville (NC), Fort Wayne, Gainesville, George Town/Exuma, Green Bay, Gulfport/Biloxi, Havana, Hilton Head, Jacksonville (NC), Key West, Knoxville, Lafayette, Lexington, Mobile, Moline/Quad Cities, Monroe, Montgomery, Montréal Trudeau, Newport News, Roanoke, Rochester (MN), Shreveport, South Bend, Springfield/Branson, Tallahassee, Tri-Cities (TN), Tulsa, Valdosta, White Plains, Wilmington (NC)

Seasonal: Jackson (MS), Little Rock, Myrtle Beach, North Eleuthera, Traverse City

Frontier Airlines

Cincinnati, Denver, Las Vegas, Long Island Islip, LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Juan, Trenton

Seasonal: Austin, San Antonio, Tampa

JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, JFK, Orlando
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seoul - Incheon
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Qatar Airways Doha
Southwest Airlines

Austin, Baltimore, Chicago Midway, Cleveland, Columbus Glenn, Dallas Love Field, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Greenville/Spartanburg, Houston Hobby, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, LaGuardia, Las Vegas, Louisville (resumes December 17, 2020), Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City (begins December 17, 2020), Omaha (begins December 17, 2020), Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, St. Louis, San Antonio, Tampa, Washington Dulles, Washington National, West Palm Beach

Seasonal: Charleston (SC), Los Angeles, Norfolk, Oakland, Panama City (FL), San Diego

Spirit Airlines

Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa

Seasonal: Atlantic City

Turkish Airlines Istanbul
United Airlines Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Houston Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington Dulles
United Express Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Houston Intercontinental, Newark, Washington Dulles
Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow, Manchester (UK)
WestJet Calgary

 

Facilities at the Airport

Atlanta Airport has plenty of things to eat, see, do, and buy while you are waiting for your flight. As a large international airport, they have all the major modern facilities that you would expect:

ATMs: Atlanta Airport has partnered with SunTrust and provides 10 ATMs throughout the terminals and concourses

Currency Exchange: Two Travelex Currency Exchanges are located at the Domestic and International Terminals.

Lost and Found: The Lost and Found office is located in the Domestic Terminal North, upper level. Hours are Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Luggage Storage: Atlanta Airport does not offer lockers to store luggage

Mobile Phone Charging: Outlets are available throughout the airport at the gate seating areas, dining areas, and shopping areas.

Smoking Areas: As of January 2020, all Atlanta Airport smoking areas have been permanently closed.

Spa: Xpress Spa is a nail salon and spa with massage services. They are located in Concourse A, C, and D.

Wifi: Free Wifi is available at Atlanta Airport and it does not have usage/time limits. Connect to the “ATL Free Wi-Fi” network on your device.

 

Atlanta Airport Food

There are over 150 food options throughout the Atlanta terminals and concourses. Whether you just need a quick coffee, a sit-down meal, or something in between - Atlanta Airport has a great variety of options.

The Domestic Terminal Atrium is home to the Atlanta Chophouse & Brewery, Auntie Anne’s, Burger King, IHOP, Popeyes, Shane’s Rib Shack, Starbucks, TGI Fridays, TJ’s Craft Sandwiches, and Teriyaki Experience. Atlanta Airport restaurants choices in the concourses include Atlanta Stillhouse and Grindhouse Killer Burgers in Concourse T, Shake Shack and Varasano’s Pizzeria in Concourse A, SweetWater Last Car Bar and Grill and Paschal’s Soul Food in Concourse B, the Original El Taco and Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Concourse C, Chicken + Beer and Terrapin Tap House in Concourse D. Chick-fil-a Atlanta Airport restaurants are located in Concourse A and C.

In the International Terminal, One Flew South Restaurant and Sushi is located in Concourse E and is consistently recognized as one of the best airport restaurants in the world. Concourse F has the Jekyll Island Seafood Company and a few other options.

 

Atlanta Airport Lounges

Atlanta Airport has five lounges throughout the airport. Business-class travelers or military members are typically granted access to the following lounges. Economy travelers may be able to purchase a day pass or annual membership.

American Airlines Admirals Club is located at Concourse T. It is open from Saturday – Friday at 4:45am – 8:00 pm, and on Sunday at 4:45am – 7:00pm. You must have a boarding pass with any of the oneworld ® alliance airlines in order to enter. Entrance is free for elite members and day passes are $59.

Delta Sky Club has two locations in Concourse A, one in Concourse B, one in Concourse C, two in Concourse D, one in Concourse E, one in Concourse F, and one in Concourse T. Lounge access is only available for Sky Club annual members and other elite status cardholders.

The Club at ATL is located in the International Terminal Concourse F. It’s open from 6:00am – 10:30pm every day. Day passes are $40 per person and annual memberships are also available.

United Club is located at Concourse T. It is open from 4:45 am – 8:45 pm, except Sunday it closes at 7:00pm. The club is open for elite United members and day passes are $59 per person.

Atlanta Airport USO Lounge is located at Suite #320 on the third floor of the Airport Atrium in the Domestic Terminal. It is open from 7:00am – 9:00pm from Monday-Friday, 7:00am – 6:00pm on Saturdays, and 7:00am – 8:00pm on Sundays. The USO Lounge is free for active members of the US military and their families.

 

Hotels near Atlanta Airport

If you need a place to rest before or after your flight, you can book a night at any of the nearby Atlanta Airport hotels. These hotels provide complimentary airport shuttles that run 24/7.

Hilton Atlanta Airport is located north of the airport and is 5 minutes from the terminals.

Westin Atlanta Airport is southwest of the Domestic Terminal and takes just 6 minutes to the airport.

Atlanta Airport Marriot does not offer a shuttle, but it is located just outside the ATL SkyTrain station and it is a 2-minute free ride to the airport ground transportation area.

 

Atlanta Airport Map

View the Atlanta Airport map below to see the layout of the terminals, concourses, and parking lots. The walking distance between the Domestic and International Terminals is over 2 miles, so it's important to check your departure terminal beforehand so you can arrive at the correct location.

Atlanta Airport map

Prices are subject to change. This article was updated in September 2020. Please note that it is not possible to book at any of the official Atlanta Airport parking lots on our platform at this moment.

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