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Transfer Options from Atlanta Airport to Downtown

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How to get from Atlanta Airport to Downtown

When traveling from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Downtown, you have two different transfer options, taking a taxi or the MARTA train. Taking an Atlanta airport taxi is highly convenient as it takes only 20 minutes door to door, but costs around 35.50€ ($40 USD) based on a taximeter. The MARTA train is the cheapest option at 2.20€ ($2.50 USD) for a one-way ticket and takes 18 minutes to reach downtown Atlanta.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Train €4.40 18min 04:45–01:00
Taxi €35.50 20min 24/7

How to get from Atlanta airport to Downtown by train

Taking the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Downtown is a great transfer option if you're traveling light or are on a budget. Tickets cost just 2.20€ ($2.50 USD) one-way and the journey will take 18 minutes to the five main zones, 19 minutes to the Peachtree Center and 22 minutes to Midtown.

How much is the bus from Atlanta airport to Downtown?

To ride the MARTA train from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Downtown Atlanta, you will need to purchase a Breeze ticket. These are available from automatic vending machines located in the baggage claim area or from a RideStore kiosk. For a one-way ticket select the "Trips" option and for multiple rides select the "Day" option. A one-way ticket costs 2.20€ ($2.50 USD) and children under 46 inches ride the MARTA train for free.

Cost

2.20€

Trip Duration

18 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The MARTA train runs from 04:45 am to 01:00 am from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Where do I get it from?

After you've made your way through customs, follow the signs for baggage claim until you can see restrooms in front of you. From there, you will turn left or right depending on if you are in the North or South Terminal, and you will find yourself at the Rail Station entrance. If you are heading to any of the main stops in Downtown or Midtown Atlanta, then you can pick any MARTA train traveling on the Red or Gold line. However, if your final destination is in Lenox, Brookhaven, Chamblee or Doraville, you will need to take the MARTA train labeled 'Doraville'.

Convenience

Taking the MARTA train is a quick and fairly easy way of getting from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Downtown Atlanta. Trains run frequently and take only 18 minutes to reach Downtown, so the only downfall to this transfer option is needing to find alternate transportation to make it to your hotel once in Atlanta.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

If you are planning on using the MARTA trains to get around Atlanta, we advise you to purchase a Breeze Card instead of a Breeze Ticket, and top it up as you go.

Useful Tips

During the day there is a 10 minute wait for the MARTA train but at night this increases to 20 minutes.
The train lines that run to and from Atlanta Airport are the Red and Gold.
Be sure to keep your luggage with you at all times as the MARTA trains are public.

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How to get from Atlanta airport to Downtown by taxi

Taking a taxi may not be the cheapest transfer option from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Downtown Atlanta, but it's the most convenient. Taxis at Atlanta airport are charged using a taximeter, but your trip will cost around 35.50€ ($40 USD) and will take 20 minutes in light to normal traffic.

Taxi fare from Atlanta airport to Downtown

Taxis at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Downtown Atlanta are not charged using a flat rate, instead, they use a taximeter. The exact cost of your journey will depend on the exact destination you have in downtown but will be around 35.5€ ($40 USD). Please note that on top of the usual 2.20€ ($2.50 USD) for the first eighth of a mile and 0.22€ ($0.25 USD) for every eighth of a mile after that, there is a surcharge of 1.33€ ($1.50 USD) for taking an airport taxi.

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Convenience

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is one of the busiest airports in the world, so the last thing you want to do is start trying to navigate the terminal and find public transport. Taking a taxi from Atlanta Airport to Downtown provides you with a quick, easy and highly convenient way of getting straight to your hotel door with minimum hassle.

Editor’s Note

If you wish to have a flat rate fee for your journey, you can hire a private car in advance or pick one of the private companies in the arrivals hall that will charge you based on the one you wish to travel to Downtown. However, many of these companies still come with hidden fees.

Useful Tips

Be sure to write down your taxi's number or ask for a receipt so you can contact your driver if you forget or lose any items during your journey.
Be sure your driver resets the meter before you begin your journey and that only the $1.50 USD surcharge is showing.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a cab from Atlanta airport to Downtown?

Taxis at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) don't have a set fee to Downtown, instead, they use a taximeter. Your final destination may change the fee slightly, but it will be around 35.50€ ($40 USD) which includes the airport surcharge of 1.33€ ($1.50 USD).

Which MARTA train goes to the airport?

There are two different MARTA train lines between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Downtown, the Red and Gold. The MARTA train will take around 18 minutes to reach Atlanta airport and costs 2.20€ ($2.50 USD) one-way.

Does MARTA run all night?

No, the MARTA train runs from 04:45 am to 01:00 am. Please note that there is a waiting time of 10 minutes between trains during the day and a 20 minute wait at night.

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