Flying to and from Atlanta

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Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has a reputation as one of the world’s busiest. Flights in and out of this hub help define Atlanta as one of the largest metro areas in the U.S. Delta airlines makes this its home base and hundreds of Delta flights take off and land everyday on Atlanta runways. In the future Hartsfield Airport is slated to expand in order to keep in step with the phenomenal growth in the surrounding area, the use of the airport as a global hub, and the increased flight demands from Atlanta area customers.

Getting to the Atlanta Airport

Atlanta is well known for its traffic and lots of it. If you are scheduled for a flight out of Hartsfield there are a number of ways to get there. On time and with few interruptions your best bet for making your flight out of Atlanta is via MARTA, or Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. This is Atlanta’s light rail system, but outside the city the MARTA rail lines are sparse. If you have access to stations north to Chamblee, east to Indian Creek, west to Bankhead or Hamilton, and points south like Garnett and College Park, you will be on a direct MARTA line. Don’t let the term “light rail” deter you. This is one of the easiest rail systems to access. It’s on time, you’ll avoid traffic delays, and the final southern stop is at Hartsfield Airport—couldn’t be easier.

Driving to Meet Your Flight

If you’re driving to the Atlanta airport make sure you check your flight schedule before leaving for the airport. This hub is well known for delays. The Hartsfield website provides excellent information on current flight delays and airport conditions. Leave for the airport in plenty of time and check traffic reports along your route beforehand. Hartsfield is located south of the city and is well marked and easily accessible to I-85.

Flying into Atlanta and need to rent a car? All the typical car rental services are accounted for nearby. Make sure you ask them for a map of the area. For transportation questions, air travelers into Atlanta are urged to ask for help at Ground Transportation. More specific and current information on bus, shuttle, and taxi services is available.