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How to get from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport to Athens GA

Home to the University of Georgia, Athens is a bustling, football-loving college town – rich with culture and history. Downtown Athens features lovely Victorian architecture and offers a lively music scene along with local restaurants, craft breweries, and trendy shops.




Athens is around 76 miles (122 kilometres) northwest of Atlanta airport. To get to Athens from Atlanta airport, you can take a taxi or a Groome shuttle. The taxi ride takes 1 hour and 15 minutes without traffic and the fare will cost at least $156 (€140.75). The shuttle ride takes 2 hours and 15 minutes and costs $46 (€41.50) for each adult if booked online.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Shuttle €83.00 135min 05:15–23:15
Taxi €142.56 75min 24/7

How to get from Atlanta airport to Athens, GA by shuttle

You can also take a shuttle from Atlanta airport to Athens. Groome Transportation service runs a shuttle directly to Athens every one or two hours depending on the day and time period. The service is offered from 5:15 to 11:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays and until 00:15 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The journey takes 2 hours and 15 minutes and costs $46 (€41.50) per passenger if you pay online.

How much is the Shuttle from Atlanta airport to Athens, GA?

The Atlanta airport shuttle to Athens costs $56 (€50.53) for adults, but if you pay online, there is a $10 (€9.02) discount, so the fare is $46 (€41.50). The fare for children aged 3 to 7 is $25 (€22.56) and babies under the age of 3 can ride for free.

Cost

$46 (€41.50)

Trip Duration

2 hrs 15 min

*There is a wait time of up to two hours for the shuttle.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The shuttle is available from 5:15 to 11:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays and until 00:15 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Where do I get the shuttle from?

Groome shuttles only pick up from the Domestic Terminal at the Atlanta airport. If you are coming from the International Terminal, you can take the International Shuttle Connector to reach Ground Transportation at the Domestic Terminal. You can find the shuttle outside of Doors W1 and W2, which are next to the baggage claim area. The shuttles will be located in spaces 4-8.

Convenience

Depending on the time of your arrival at the airport, you may have to wait one or two hours to take the shuttle, and if you are not staying at one of the hotels that the shuttle drops off at in Athens, you may have to walk or take another form of transportation, once in Athens, to reach your destination which would add time and effort to your trip.

Editor’s Note

Groome requires reservations to be made in advance. You can schedule your trip online or by calling (706) 612-1155.

Useful Tips

Children under the age of 8 or less than 57 inches (144.78 cm) and less than 40 pounds (18.14 kg) must be seated in a child safety seat. Groome does not offer child safety seats, so you will have to supply your own.
Upon arrival in Athens, Groome shuttles offer stops at several hotels; when making your reservation, be sure to specify which stop you will need to get off at.
Adults are allowed 2 standard size bags and 1 handbag. Children are allowed 1 standard size bag. If you have additional luggage, you will have to call ahead to ensure there is space and additional baggage fees may apply.

Welcome Pickups transfer

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Atlanta. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€202.0
NIGHTTIME
€243.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from the Atlanta airport to Athens, GA by taxi

Taking a taxi from Atlanta airport to Athens is the most convenient transfer option. Taxis are available 24/7 from the Domestic and International Terminal taxi queues. Alternatively, you can pre-book a ride with one of Atlanta’s cab companies or with Welcome Pickups’ highly rated professional service that offers fixed competitive rates. The journey by car from Atlanta airport to Athens takes at least 1 hour and 15 minutes without traffic, but during rush hour if traffic is heavy, it can take closer to 3 hours. Based on a metered rate, the fare to Athens, GA will cost at least $156 (€140.75) including the airport fee; other surcharges may apply.

Taxi fare from Atlanta airport to Athens, GA

If you take a taxi from the airport queue, the fare to Athens, GA will be based on a metered rate. The fare is calculated based on the following:

Base fare: $2.50 (€2.26 for the first 1/8 mile.
Price per each additional mile: $2.00 (€1.84).
Airport fee: $1.50 (€1.36).
Each additional person riding: $2 (€1.81).

Athens is around 76 miles (122 kilometres) from the airport, so the fare will cost at least $156 (€140.75) depending on your exact destination and how many people are along for the ride.
Fees for pre-booking a ride vary depending on the taxi company, generally ranging between $162 (€146.16) to $179 (€161.50) for up to 3 passengers. For a personalised door-to-door service at a flat rate – competitive with that of a standard taxi, you can also pre-book a ride with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

$156 (€140.75)

Trip Duration

1 hr 15 min

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis from Atlanta airport to Athens are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can readily find Atlanta airport’s taxi service at the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal. At the Domestic Terminal, taxis can be found in the Ground Transportation Center outside, between the W-1 and W-2 doors. At the International terminal, taxis can be found on the Arrivals level just outside the A-1 door.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Atlanta airport to Athens, GA is the most convenient, comfortable and fastest option. You can readily catch a taxi upon arrival at the airport and won’t have to wait for the shuttle service, and you can enjoy the comfort of a private ride during the relatively long commute to Athens.

Editor’s Note

If travelling with a bigger group, it may be easier and cheaper, if you split the fare, to pre-book an airport taxi or private transfer.

Useful Tips

Giving your driver at least a 15% tip is standard, whilst for great service, a tip of 20% is the norm.
Passengers can pay the taxi fare by cash or by card.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Athens from Atlanta airport?

Athens, GA, is around 76 miles (122 km) to the Northwest of the Atlanta airport. The journey can take anywhere from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 3 hours if traffic is heavy.

How do I get from Atlanta airport to Athens?

There are two transfer options for going from Atlanta airport to Athens – you can either take an airport taxi, or you can use Groome’s shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at both the International and Domestic Terminals of the airport, whilst Groome shuttles only pick up from the Domestic Terminal.

Is there a shuttle from Atlanta airport to Athens, GA?

Yes, Groome runs an Atlanta airport shuttle to Athens, GA. The company offers shuttle rides every one or two hours from the airport that will take you directly to Athens for $46 (€41.50) if you book online. The ride takes 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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