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Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL IATA) ("Hartsfield–Jackson," "ATL," or just "the airport" to locals), is located about 8 miles south of downtown Atlanta. Hartsfield–Jackson has been the world's busiest airport since 1998, Delta Air Lines' main hub and headquarters, and a focus city for Southwest Airlines.
- See also: air travel in the USA
In 2015, Atlanta's airport accommodated 100 million passengers, an average of 273,000 per day. The airport also had 882,497 departing and arriving flights. Despite its busyness, its efficient layout means it is easy to navigate and not as delay-prone as many other hub airports. The airport is one of the South's two regional hubs, and most of its passengers begin or end their journey in the region, but it also offers international nonstop services to the rest of North America, South America, Latin and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. If you are changing planes in the US, chances are it is in Atlanta. As the old saying goes, "it doesn't matter whether you go to heaven or hell - to get there, you will have to connect through Atlanta." You had better be familiar with it.
ATL names things a little differently than other airports. The "terminals" house check-in and baggage claim, while the boarding gates are in "concourses" or "gates".
The Domestic Terminal is one large building separated into the South Terminal (Delta and its partners) and the North Terminal (all other airlines), connected by a central Atrium with a smattering of restaurants and a few other amenities. The International Terminal on the opposite end of the airport is used for all arriving and departing international flights.
If your first flight directly leaves the United States, you should check in at the International Terminal (accessible by car from I-75, or by a free connecting shuttle from the Domestic Terminal). However, on international itineraries that involve a domestic connection before leaving the United States, and for all domestic flights (including those to U.S. territories), you should check in at the Domestic Terminal (accessible from MARTA, the rental car center, and by car from I-85).
Delta offers self check-in that's almost wholly automated. The fastest and easiest way is to use your ID, whether that's a credit card (only your name is pulled from it, so it doesn't matter whether you used it to book the ticket), a U.S. drivers' license, a passport, or a frequent flyer number. You can also enter your confirmation number or other booking details. If you're checking bags, indicate that on the kiosk, and it will direct you to a bag drop. The whole process is easy and takes just a minute or two; just answer the questions on the kiosk.
Mobile check-in is also available at all security checkpoints; this lets you pull up your boarding pass on your mobile phone to get through security and board the plane, bypassing the check-in desks and saving paper.
You can enter security at any of the four checkpoints. You'll never have to leave and re-enter security.
You can check the current wait times online or by looking at signboards, but be skeptical: "less than 15 minutes" may not actually be true. Wait times have grown longer in the past few years, and can reach up to 1 hour during peak times. It's also become more difficult to guess which checkpoint will be the fastest, since delays can occur for no apparent reason.
Security checkpoints use new automated screening lanes which avoid backups from slow passengers, but can be confusing the first time. When you get to the screening area, go to one of the five individual stations. Take a bin from beneath the station and put everything in it, including your luggage. You don't need separate bins for laptops/electronics, clothes, etc., but you do have to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone. When the TSA agent tells you to, push your bin forward onto the conveyor belt. (Don't push your bin as soon as there's an opening on the conveyor, because you may be cutting off someone at another station who was already waiting.) Then walk through the checkpoint and collect your belongings as usual. Be sure to return the empty bin to the automated return system.
In the Domestic Terminal, there are three security checkpoints: the main one accessible through the central Atrium, and smaller ones near the end of North and South Terminals (walk behind and past the check-in desks; the entrances are marked but there aren't many signs to guide you to them). Keep those smaller checkpoints in mind in case the wait at the main checkpoint is long; they are also the faster option if your flight leaves from Concourse T, as they empty directly into it instead of the Transportation Mall.
At the other end of the airport, the International Terminal has its own security checkpoint. However, you don't have to enter security there just because you're on an international flight. If you can check in online, or if your airline has a counter in the Domestic Terminal, you can enter security there and ride the train across the airport. The reverse is also true if you're on a domestic flight but want to enter security at the International Terminal.
Regardless of what gate you arrive at, if you're on an international flight your baggage will be at the International Terminal in Concourse F. For domestic flights, your baggage will be in the domestic terminal in either South Terminal (Delta and its partners) or North Terminal (all other airlines).
- See also: Atlanta#Get around
Ground transportation options at ATL are nicely consolidated at the end of the Domestic Terminal. Walk past baggage claim; the MARTA station is just indoors, and all other transportation is straight ahead outside.
At the International Terminal, the only options that are directly available are taxis, ride-shares, a few select shuttle buses, or getting picked up by car. For all other ground transportation, take the free International Shuttle Connector, a 15-minute ride that leaves from the red zone 3. Check the bus's sign for its destination; it will bring you to either directly to the rental car center, or to the Domestic Terminal for all other ground transportation.
By public transit
Hartsfield–Jackson is the terminus of the southern branch of MARTA, the city rail system. For travel to downtown, midtown, or northern Atlanta, MARTA is a convenient and economical way of getting there, although usually one of the slowest. To/from Five Points Station travel time is about 20 minutes; to/from Lindbergh Station it's about 30 (not including waiting for a train). Walk past baggage claim to get to the MARTA station. All fares are $2.50 one-way (not including a $1 ticket fee or $2 reloadable fare card) and include free transfers for both rail and bus. Departing trains alternate between Doraville-bound and North Springs–bound; but unless you are going north of Lindbergh Station on either the Red or Gold line, it does not matter which one you take.
Most MARTA stations have taxi stands, and some hotels have free shuttles which will collect from the nearest MARTA station on telephone request.
By taxi or ridesharing
Taxis are fixed-rate when going to/from the airport and major business areas (Downtown $30, Midtown $32, Buckhead $40; excluding fees).
Taxi stands and rideshares from Uber and Lyft are available at both terminals. Due to construction at the Domestic Terminal, its rideshare pick-up zone is temporarily relocated. From baggage claim, take an escalator down to the lower level, and follow signs to the rideshare pick-up zone (in the North or South Economy parking lots). Request your rideshare after getting to the pick-up zone.
By shuttle or bus
A plethora of shuttle buses have designated parking spaces, divided into categories: limousines, shared-ride shuttles, hotel shuttles, and off-site parking.
Local van services provide transportation to a variety of areas in the Metro Atlanta area. Fares are capped when going to/from the airport and major business areas (maximum: Downtown $16.50/person, Midtown $18.50/person, Buckhead $30/person).
Regional shuttle services to many surrounding cities outside Metro Atlanta are available. Limited services to outside of Georgia are also available:
- Airport Shuttle of Clemson, ☎ . Service to North Carolina (Asheville, Cashiers, Charlotte, Highlands) and South Carolina (Anderson, Clemson, Greenville, Seneca)
- Groome Transportation. Service to Alabama (Auburn) and Tennessee (Chattanooga and Nashville airport)
The airport is easily reached from I-85 (domestic terminals) or I-75 (international terminal), where there are well-labeled signs directing you to the airport.
At the domestic terminals, you will need to know whether you're going to South Terminal (Delta and its partners) or North Terminal (all other airlines), because the road divides. Fortunately there are signs posted listing the airlines for each terminal.
If you just want to drop someone off quickly, the curbside drop-off lanes are quick in spite of the heavy traffic. Surly police officers will not let you linger for too long, so if you want a longer goodbye, pay a few dollars for the hourly parking lot.
Free "cell phone" parking lots are available if you're waiting to pick up an arriving passenger, but they can be jam-packed during busy times. The rental car center also has a small waiting lot inside its main loop, and is only 2-3 minutes away.
Numerous parking lots are available from all terminals. All allow hourly parking at $3/hour (increasing to $4/hour after 3 hours in the short-term lots), and long-term parking at rates from $10-36/day. Parking lots sometimes fill up during busy periods; check lot status online or listen to 830 AM.
Dozens of other companies have off-site parking lots with shuttles bringing you directly from your car to the terminals.
By rental car
Handle everything for your rental car at the Hartsfield–Jackson Rental Car Center, a dedicated complex that houses rental check-in desks and the cars. From the Domestic Terminal, walk past baggage claim, continue straight outside, and take the ATL SkyTrain; from the International Terminal, take the International Shuttle Connector, which has a route that will take you directly to the rental car center.
When returning your car, take I-85 and follow signs towards the airport, then, follow further signs to "rental car return". When you reach the Rental Car Center, drive around the loop until you see the parking deck entrance for your rental car agency. After you've returned the car, take the ATL SkyTrain to the Domestic Terminal, or the International Shuttle Connector to the International Terminal.
There are no gas stations for several miles as you take I-85 towards the Rental Car Center, except for a couple off exit 73 (coming from the north). Otherwise, the best option, which is also a little bit cheaper, is to take the airport exit onto Camp Creek Parkway and go 3/4 mile to the RaceTrac on your left, just past the convention center. After filling up, go back the way you came on Camp Creek Parkway and follow signs to the airport and the Rental Car Center; don't try to take surface streets, which only lead to restricted entrances.
Think of the airport as a series of parallel ribs (concourses) connected by a central spine (the Transportation Mall and Plane Train), bookended by the Domestic and International Terminals. To get between concourses, head to the center of the one you are in, then take an escalator down into the Transportation Mall, the long straight underground hallway which connects everything. You can choose to walk (it's about 1,000 feet (300 m) between each concourse, with moving sidewalks for most of that length), or you can take the much faster Plane Train, an automated people mover that stops at every concourse roughly every 2 minutes. (Did we mention it's fast? Heed the announcements and hold on to something, lest you bowl into the other riders.) You don't have to leave or re-enter secure zones, so tight connections are usually quite feasible.
However, within each concourse, there are no moving sidewalks (except in Concourse F), and it's about 1,000 feet (300 m) from the entrance to the ends, or almost 2,300 feet (700 m) if you're unlucky enough to have to walk from one end to the other. For those who need assistance, there are speedy electric carts which you can flag down or ask a gate agent to call.
Concourses E and F are the international concourses. F is in the same building as the International Terminal, and is where you will go through customs and immigration when arriving from abroad. You can go to or be picked up directly at the International Terminal by car, taxi or shuttle. If your arrival brings you to the International Terminal and you want to use other ground transportation (rental car, public transit, other shuttle), take the free airport shuttle connector to the Domestic Terminal or the car rental center.
It's tough to find a good view, since windows mostly have a dull view of other gates. Concourses A and D have upper levels at their centerpoints, and the restaurants there have windows that look out over the whole airport. Gates E14-18 are sideways compared to everything else, so their windows have a clear view of the runways and open field.
- If you want some ambiance, Concourse E has a spacious food court with live piano.
- There is also the Piano Bar in Concourse A (see § Eat and Drink), although it's small and often crowded.
- Music plays in the Domestic Terminal Atrium (outside secure zone) from 5PM-7PM daily. The theme changes monthly.
The airport is home to a growing number of art exhibits. The airport's website has a complete listing of both permanent and rotating exhibits.
- In the Domestic Terminal Atrium there is a dinosaur skeleton on loan from Atlanta's Fernbank Museum.
- The underground Transportation Mall has a few exhibits. You'll have to skip the Plane Train and take the moving sidewalks if you just want a quick glance, or walk if you want to go at your own pace.
- Between Concourses T and A, there are Zimbabwean stone sculptures.
- Between Concourses A and B, the tunnel is decorated like a forest, with faux foliage on the ceiling, lighting, and sound effects of rain and birds.
- Between Concourses B and C, there's an exhibit on the history of Atlanta.
- There are rotating youth art galleries in Concourses T, D, and E.
- Concourse E includes an exhibit on the life of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by the escalators from the Transportation Mall level.
- The Club at ATL (Concourse F center, upstairs), ☎ . 6AM-10:30PM daily. Open to all travellers; also serves British Airways, Lufthansa, Priority Pass, Lounge Club, and Diners Club International. Showers available. Day pass $40.
- USO Lounge (United Services Organization), 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Ste 320, Atlanta, GA 30320, USA (Domestic Terminal Atrium, upstairs; from the escalator, it's on the left), ☎ . M-F 7AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-7PM, Su 8AM-9PM. For U.S. military and their families. Very comfortable reclining leather chairs for sleeping or watching TV. Drinks and snacks, and a full kitchen. Several computers for Internet access, and tables with charging stations. Small playroom with kid-sized furniture. Very quiet inside, so it's great for catching some Z's.
- American Airlines Admiral Club (Concourse T, gate T10), ☎ . Su-Fr 5:15AM–8:30PM, Sa 5:15AM–8PM.
- Delta Sky Club
- (Concourse T, gate T6). 6AM-10PM.
- (Concourse A center, 2nd level). 5AM-11PM.
- (Concourse A, gate A17). 6AM-11PM.
- (Concourse B, gate B18). 6AM-11PM.
- (Concourse C, gate C37). 6AM-11PM.
- (Concourse D, gate D12). 6AM-10PM.
- (Concourse D, gate D27). 6AM-11PM.
- (Concourse E, gate E15). 6AM-10PM. Showers available.
- (Concourse F center, upstairs). 5:30AM-11PM. Showers available.
- United Club (Concourse T, gate T11), ☎ . Su-Fr 4:45AM-8:45PM, Sa 4:45AM-7PM.
- XpresSpa. Manicure $20, 10-minute massage $25.
- (Concourse A center, opposite food court), ☎ . 6AM-10PM daily.
- (Gate C37), ☎ . 6AM-10:30PM daily.
Eat and Drink
The tide has turned against domination by Starbucks, and there are now an assortment of cafes and restaurants with a decent brew. If you're searching for espresso drinks rather than just drip coffee, here are a few suggestions:
- Domestic Terminal Atrium: Coffee Beanery, La Madeleine, Starbucks
- Concourse T: Argo Tea & Café (Gate T11), The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Gate T6)
- Concourse A: Atlanta Bread & Bar (Gate A12), Brioche Doree Café Bakery (Center), Caribou Coffee (Gate A2), The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Gate A12)
- Concourse B: Cafe Intermezzo (Center), Cafe Tazza (Center), Coffee Beanery (Gate B3)
- Concourse C: Atlanta Bread Company (Gate C30), Starbucks (Gate C16, Gate C37)
- Concourse D: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Gate D30), Food Network Kitchen (Center), Harvest & Grounds (Gate D9)
- Concourse E: Caribou Coffee (Center)
- Concourse F: French Meadow Cafe (Center), Starbucks (Center, upstairs)
- International Terminal: Starbucks (Arrivals level)
If you're looking for tea, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf probably has the best selection.
Restaurants and bars
If you get stuck at the airport overnight, very few restaurants are open 24/7:
An influx of local restaurants and fine dining options has led to a vastly improved food scene at ATL.
If you're pressed for time, you should really choose fast-food, because almost every restaurant has slow service; even a fast-food joint can hold you up for 5–10 minutes, which could just be time you don't have when trying to make a tight connection.
Looking for the best that ATL has to offer? One Flew South (Concourse E) is consistently praised for its gourmet food and cocktail creations. Ecco (Concourse F) and 40/40 Bar (Concourse D) also offer good upscale food. The Original El Taco (Concourses C and F) and Pascal's Southern Cuisine (Concourse B) offer some unpretentious local flavor, while Varasano's Pizzeria (Concourse A) and Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Concourses T and D) serve expertly crafted classics.
- Atlanta Chophouse & Brewery (Atrium).
- La Madeleine (Atrium), ☎ . 6AM-10PM. A Southern chain of French bistros, serving favorites like croque monsieur sandwiches, quiche florentine, and French onion soup.
- Shane's Rib Shack (Atrium).
- Atlanta Stillhouse (Gate T13).
- Corner Bakery Cafe (Gate T3).
- Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Gate T11). Excellent burgers; you might even say they're good enough to die for. Cheap wine and a good selection of craft beers.
- Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli (Gate T12).
- Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Cafe (Gate T8). Great place for a traditional American breakfast with a Cuban twist, or for big Cuban sandwiches at lunch. Also has a bar and serves Cuban coffee.
- Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill (Gate A34, at the very end of the concourse). Very generic sports bar. A few local beers, which you can use to wash down Cajun fish tacos and other average bar food.
- Bar One. Martinis
- Cat Cora's Kitchen (Gate A25).
- Chick-fil-A (Center). All Chick-fil-A locations closed every Su. This southern fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, and waffle fries. Displaced southerners flock here for a taste of their former home, and it's an easy chance for foreign travellers to try something unique. An additional bonus is that they use peanut oil that's processed to remove all allergens, so people with peanut allergies can generally eat here without any problems (but check with your doctor first, of course).
- LowCountry New Southern Cuisine (Center).
- Piano Bar (Center). Connected to Varasano's Pizzeria, in addition to live piano they ply your heart with great selections of wine, cocktails, spirits, and local craft beers.
- Piece of Cake (Center).
- TAP (Gate A3). A small branch of a local gastropub with only about 20 seats. Smoking is allowed, so unless you fancy a drink in thick haze of smoke, there are better options. Beer $8-15, cocktails $12-14. Burgers and sandwiches $12-14, tacos 2/$7.70, 3/$10.
- Three Taverns Craft Beers (Gate A25). Locally brewed craft Belgian-style beers
- Varasano's Pizzeria (Center). 7:30AM-11PM. Little sibling to Varasano's Pizzeria in Buckhead, ranked among top pizza restaurants in the U.S. Also serves drinks and music at the piano bar.
- Dos Equis Explorers Lounge (Gate B31).
- Café Intermezzo (Center). Daily 6AM-11PM; breakfast until 10:30AM. Local favorite with dozens of espressos, cappuccinos, and other dressed-up coffees. Sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, and charcuterie.
- LottaFrutta (Gate B23).
- Paschal's Southern Cuisine (Center).
- Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House (Center). Daily 7AM-10PM. A good bet for a decent pint of beer.
- Sweetwater Draft House & Grill, ☎ . Daily 8AM-10PM (A25), 6AM-11PM (B11). Serving up Georgia's most well-known craft beer.
- Three Taverns Craft Beers. Locally brewed craft Belgian-style beers
- Chick-fil-A (Gate C21). All Chick-fil-A locations closed every Su. This southern fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, and waffle fries. Displaced southerners flock here for a taste of their former home, and it's an easy chance for foreign travellers to try something unique. An additional bonus is that they use peanut oil that's processed to remove all allergens, so people with peanut allergies can generally eat here without any problems (but check with your doctor first, of course).
- Links Grill (Gate C30).
- The Original El Taco (Gate C14).
- The Pecan Bar (Gate C6).
- Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint (Gate C42).
- Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House. Daily 7AM-10PM. Your second best bet for a decent pint of beer.
- The Varsity (Gate C21), ☎ . Famous as the world's largest drive-in restaurant, the Varsity is a favorite of many locals for chili cheese hotdogs, burgers, and onion rings. An equal number of people dislike its greasy, low quality food. If you don't want to risk the heartburn, try the F.O. (Frosted Orange, a sort of orange creamsicle slushie). Breakfast is also available, unique among Varsity locations.
As one recent review put it, "The 'D' clearly stands for 'drinking'."
- 40/40 Bar (Center). Upscale sports bar, the third location of a chained owned by rapper Jay-Z.
- Atlanta Braves All-Star Grill (Gate D8A).
- Chicken+Beer (Gate D5). Southern comfort food from local rapper Ludacris, sharing the name of his third album. Beers from multiple small Atlanta craft breweries, and cocktails.
- Food Network Kitchen (Center). A showcase of local foods, which unfortunately may fall short in its execution. Locally roasted Octane Coffee is good. Sandwiches like "The Big Peach" on bread from locally-renound Holeman & Finch, with ham, brie, and Georgia peaches. Wine and local beers, and even Buford Highway–inspired pho. However, all food is pre-made (not even on site) and served cafeteria style, so expect dry biscuits and limp salads rather than high-quality Paula Deen dishes.
- Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill (Center).
- Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Gate D32). Excellent burgers; you might even say they're good enough to die for. Cheap wine and a good selection of craft beers.
- Mustard Seed BBQ (Gate D23).
- Terrapin Brewery (Center). Locally brewed craft beer from nearby Athens, Georgia. Smoke lounge with cigars and hookah.
Except for the outstanding One Flew South, food and drink options in Concourse E are generally unremarkable. There's a food court with lots of open space and live piano, but the restaurants are just cheap fast food.
- Blue Moon Brewhouse (Gate E28).
- Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli.
- One Flew South (Center; from the escalators, look left), ☎ . Daily 11AM-10PM. One of the best-rated cocktail bars in the city, this part-Japanese part-Southern restaurant is tucked away in a primarily international terminal. It's worth going out of your way for, though, as their cocktails are expertly constructed; the wine list is similarly extensive and includes a few sakes. Bring your appetite, too, or you might miss trying the thyme roasted pork belly, fresh sushi, or salmon hot pot. If you're concerned about your wallet, order carefully lest you spend $20-30 on sushi and still leave hungry. Cocktails $15, glass of wine or sake $9-24, beer $6-11+. Appetizers $7-14, mains $14-29, sushi $9-16.
- Sojourner's Cafe (Gate E8).
- Ecco (Center, upstairs). Upscale Italian food. Three dozen wines by the glass, emphasizing breadth rather than depth.
- French Meadow Bakery & Café (Center).
- Jekyll Island Seafood Company (Gate F9). Beers from multiple small Atlanta craft breweries
- Lorena Garcias Tapas (Center, upstairs).
- Maison Mathis Belgium Beer Café.
- The Original El Taco (Center, upstairs).
- The Pecan Bistro (Center, upstairs).
- The Varsity (Center, upstairs), ☎ . Famous as the world's largest drive-in restaurant, the Varsity is a favorite of many locals for chili cheese hotdogs, burgers, and onion rings. An equal number of people dislike its greasy, low quality food. If you don't want to risk the heartburn, try the F.O. (Frosted Orange, a sort of orange creamsicle slushie). Breakfast is also available, unique among Varsity locations.
Other than a Starbucks, there is only one restaurant outside of the secure zone in the International Terminal:
- Sweet Auburn Market (Departures level), ☎ . Daily 6AM-11PM.
Newsstands are easy to find: there's always at least one in the center of each concourse selling newspapers, books, and sundries.
To withdraw some cash, there are multiple Wells Fargo ATMs (Domestic Terminal Atrium and baggage claim, Concourse T center, Gate A19, Gate B19, Gate C22, Gate D11, and Concourse F center).
Currency exchange is offered by Travelex:
- (Domestic Terminal Atrium), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Gate T6), ☎ . 6AM-10PM.
- (Concourse A center), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Gates B15/B16), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Concourse D center), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Concourse E, arrivals level), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Concourse E center), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Gates E12/E14), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Gate E26), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Gate F6), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Concourse F, arrivals level and baggage claim), ☎ . 24 hours daily.
- (Concourse F, connector from Concourse E), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
- (Concourse F center, upstairs), ☎ . 7AM-11PM.
For full-service banking, there is a Wells Fargo (Domestic Terminal Atrium), ☎ . M-F 10AM-2PM.
- Savannah's Candy Kitchen, ☎ . Gourmet sweets from Savannah, Georgia: pecan pralines, pecan pie, caramels, and fudge.
- (Concourse B center). Daily 7AM-10PM.
- (Concourse C center). Daily 7AM-10PM.
- Ermenegildo Zegna (Concourse A center). One of the few U.S. locations of this luxury Italian menswear brand.
- Sean John (Gate B27), ☎ . Daily 7AM-10PM. Contemporary menswear from rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
- Spanx (Gate E26), ☎ . Daily 8AM-10PM. Lingerie and shapewear, as well as trendy casualwear like leggings to keep you comfortable on the plane.
- The Beauty Lounge (Concourse B center), ☎ . Daily 8AM-10PM.
- Lather (Gate T5), ☎ . Daily 7AM-10PM.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport on the "ATL Free Wi-Fi" network.
Charging your devices can be difficult in such a busy airport. Wall outlets are in short supply. Some seating areas have power stations with AC outlets and USB charging ports, but there aren't enough to keep up with demand. Some restaurants offer AC outlets. There are a few "quick charge" stations and booths; these charge your device quickly, but make you suffer through video advertisements while you wait.
There are multiple dog parks. The main one is outside the Domestic South Terminal from doors W1 and W2 (follow the signs towards the SkyTrain, then go left around the SkyTrain's building towards ground transportation buses); it's very clean, and has some cute dog statues made from scrap metal. Smaller ones are outside Domestic North Terminal from door LN2, and outside the arrivals level of International Terminal from door A1. All of these are outside of the secure zone, so if you're continuing on another flight, you'll have to go through the security screening to get back in. For service animals only, there are also indoor relief areas near gates T7, A10, B33, C19, D16, and E14.
There are three interfaith chapels available. Outside of the secure zone, the Domestic Terminal Atrium chapel (upstairs) is open from 7AM to 11PM daily. Inside the secure zone, the two chapels in Concourses E and F are open 24 hours. There are scheduled Catholic, non-denominational Christian, and Muslim (Jumu'ah prayer) services a couple times throughout the week.
For mothers with infants, there are four nursing stations (near gates T7, B5, D43, and F5). These small pods have bench seating, a small diaper-changing table and an electric outlet for pumps. You can also use Minute Suites at gate B15 (see § Sleep).
The airport never closes, and you won't get kicked out for sleeping on the chairs or probably even the floor (although you may be asked to move). But for comfort reasons, it's best to avoid that except as a last resort. Pretty much all chairs have integrated armrests, so the only way to lay down flat is to sleep on the floor. The airport can get cold overnight, particularly near the ubiquitous large windows.
There are quite a few hotels near the airport, but your only option within the airport is Minute Suites (Gate B15), ☎ . Their 7-by-8-foot (2.1 m × 2.4 m) rooms feature a daybed couch, HDTV, and an office desk, but no showers. Rates are no cheaper than a hotel for an overnight stay, but if you just want to rest between flights, this probably beats sleeping upright sitting in a chair. Minimum stay 1 hour ($42). 15 minute increments $10.50 up to 2 hours, $8 after 2 hours. Free for 30 minutes for breastfeeding mothers. Discounts for military and airline employees.
Connected by transit
- 1 Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, 2020 Convention Center Concourse (ATL SkyTrain to Gateway Center station), ☎ .
- 2 SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway, 2091 Convention Center Concourse (ATL SkyTrain to Gateway Center station), ☎ .
- 3 Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave (Shuttle available from airport), ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Wi-Fi free in public areas, $14.95 wireless and wired in guest rooms. from $92 Parking $14/overnight, valet $20/overnight. Pets allowed (up to 75lbs, $50 fee).
- 4 Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-North, 3415 Norman Berry Dr (Shuttle available from airport), ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Wi-Fi free. from $94 Parking $4/hourly, $16/daily, valet $18/daily. Pets allowed (up to 50lbs, $75 fee 1–6 nights).
- 5 Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, 1 Hartsfield Centre Pkwy (Shuttle available from airport), ☎ , toll-free: . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 12PM. From $113/night. Wi-Fi free in public areas, $14.95 wireless and wired in guest rooms. Parking $4/hourly, $16/daily, valet $18/daily.
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