Georgia's capital and largest city, Atlanta is a major Southern financial and cultural force and the focus of a metropolitan statistical area that covers more than 6,000 square miles and includes more than 110 municipalities. People from all over the USA, joined by immigrants from other lands, have flocked to Atlanta's mild climate, physical beauty, and job opportunities.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Atlanta is served by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL). Hartsfield-Jackson bears the proud distinction of being "the world’s busiest passenger airport." The Airport has long been known as a major connecting hub serving numerous destinations around the globe.
- Official Name: The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- Official Shortened Name/Code: ATL (Airport Code)
- Ownership/Operator: The City of Atlanta / Department of Aviation
- Distance From Downtown Atlanta: 10 miles (16.2 kilometers)
Thirty shuttle services offer door-to-door and on-demand pickup service in the Atlanta metropolitan area and bordering states. Vans carry seven to 14 passengers and depart every 15 minutes within the metropolitan area, and every 30 minutes for all other areas. Hartsfield-Jackson's taxi loading zone is located within the Ground Transportation Center just west of the Terminal South baggage claim area. The Airport houses 11 rental car agencies with free shuttle service to and from the Airport.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is located on the west end of the Terminal between Terminal North and South baggage claim areas. The Airport Information and Ground Transportation Center offers the convenience of arranging your transportation to the downtown Atlanta, Midtown and Buckhead areas. In addition, you may arrange your limo and sedan transportation needs by requesting the service through Hartsfield-Jackson's Host Volunteer or Customer Service Representative booth located next to Atlanta Link.
The best alternative to driving in Atlanta is the excellent MARTA system; an effective method of getting around with free transfers to the bus system, where appropriate.
MARTA connects to the airport in the baggage claim area. Get off at the Peachtree Center stop and you are half a block from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
MARTA: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
MARTA is the most cost-effective way to travel in Atlanta, and the most convenient, with a wide variety of fares and passes available to meet each rider's needs. Regular riders can choose from several TransCard or Half Fare rates, while out-of-towners can utilize a specially-priced visitor's transit pass. It's good for unlimited travel aboard the extensive rail and bus system.
MARTA is the local transit system. Four major lines run throughout the urban metropolitan areas of Atlanta, the red (north/south), gold (north/south), blue, and green lines. The Gold line goes from Doraville (North East of Atlanta) to the Airport. The Red line goes from North Springs (North of Atlanta) to the Airport. The Blue line goes from Indian Creek (east of Atlanta) to Hamilton E. Holmes (west of Atlanta) and the Green line goes from King Memorial (East of Atlanta) to Bankhead (west of Atlanta).
Rail service begins each day at 5 a.m. and ends at 1 a.m weekdays and 12:30 weekends. Trains run every 15 minutes 6am to 7pm during the week and every 20 minutes 7pm to 1am during the week and on weekends.
Rail Fares A one way fare is $2 visitor passes for 7 days can be purchased for $17. Fares are loaded onto a Breeze Card these cards can be purchased from vending machines at all stations. The breeze card can be used throughout MARTA the system. Go to http://mycommute.itsmarta.com to plan your trips.
Highways & Interstates
The highly accessible city of Atlanta is intersected by I-20, I-75 and I-85. I-20 comes in from the west from Birmingham, Alabama and Dallas, Texas and from the east, from Augusta and Columbia in South Carolina. I-75 passes through Atlanta on its way north from Florida to Michigan. I-85 heads southwest to Montgomery, Alabama and northeast to Charlotte, North Carolina and Virginia. Atlanta is ringed by the I-285, a perimeter highway that circles the metropolitan area.