Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), the busiest passenger airport in the world, is served by more than 15 airlines, including American, Delta, and Southwest. Although an underground train and moving walkways help you reach your gate more quickly, budget a little extra time for negotiating the massive facility. Because of the airport's size, security lines can be long, especially during peak travel periods. The airport typically suggests arriving two hours before your flight, but an hour and a half should be fine.
The airport is 13 miles south of Downtown. There are large parking facilities, but they tend to fill up quickly. Check their current capacity, which is available on ATL's website. Locals know that MARTA, the regional subway system, is the fastest and cheapest way to and from the airport, but taxis are available. The fare to Downtown is about $35 for one person. From the airport to Buckhead, the fare starts at $38 for one person (though some politicians are trying to raise it). Buckhead Safety Cab and Checker Cab offer 24-hour service.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (6000 N. Terminal Pkwy., Atlanta, GA, 30320. 404/530–7300. www.atlanta-airport.com.)
Atlanta Airport Shuttle operates vans every 15 minutes to Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead. Vans heading Downtown cost $16.50 for the 20-minute trip. Vans to Midtown cost $18.50 for the 30-minute trip, and vans to Buckhead cost $20.50 for the 45-minute trip. Reservations are recommended at least 24 hours in advance for return trips.
Airport Metro Shuttle operates shuttles around the clock to destinations around the region. It’s recommended that you make reservations 24 hours in advance. Typical shuttle fees range from $45 to $65 for one passenger to Marietta.
Airport Metro Shuttle (Atlanta, GA. 404/766–6666. airportmetro.com.)