Atlanta International Airport Hartsfield–Jackson (ATL)

Airport in Atlanta, United States

Introduction

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, also known as Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield, or Hartsfield–Jackson, is an international airport located 7 miles (11 km) south of Atlanta's central business district, in the U.S. state of Georgia.Hartsfield–Jackson has been the world's busiest airportsince 1998, and is a major hub for Delta Air Lines and a focus city for Southwest Airlines.

Hartsfield–Jackson held its ranking as the world's busiest airport in 2016, both in passengers and number of flights, by accommodating 104 million passengers.

Many of the nearly one million flights are domestic flights from within the United States, where the airport serves as a major hub for travel throughout the southeastern region of the country. The airport has 207 domestic and international gates.

Hartsfield–Jackson is the primary hub of Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection partner ExpressJet, and is a focus city for low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines.

The airport is mostly in unincorporated areas in Fulton and Clayton counties. However, the airport spills into the city limits of Atlanta, College Park, and Hapeville. The airport's domestic terminal is served by MARTA's Red and Gold rail lines.

Airlines & Destinations

Checking in 

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.

Baggage 

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).

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroméxico ConnectGuadalajara (begins December 1, 2017), León/Del Bajío (begins September 1, 2017), Mérida (begins December 1, 2017) Querétaro (begins November 1, 2017)
Air Canada ExpressToronto–Pearson
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
Alaska AirlinesSeattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
American AirlinesCharlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
American EagleCharlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Boutique AirMuscle Shoals
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
Delta Air LinesAkron/Canton, Albany (NY), Albuquerque, Allentown, Amsterdam, Appleton, Aruba, Asheville, Augusta (GA), Austin, Baltimore, Barbados (ends August 12, 2017), Baton Rouge, Belize City, Bermuda, Birmingham (AL), Bogotá, Bonaire, Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Buffalo, Cancún, Caracas, Cartagena, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City (IA), Charleston (SC), Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia (SC), Columbus–Glenn, Cozumel, Dallas–Love, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Daytona Beach, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Düsseldorf, El Paso, Evansville, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fayetteville (NC), Flint, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Walton Beach, Frankfurt, Gainesville, George Town/Great Exuma Island, Grand Cayman, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Gulfport/Biloxi, Harrisburg, Hartford, Havana, Honolulu, Houston–Hobby, Houston–Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson (MS), Jacksonville (FL), Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kansas City, Key West, Kingston–Norman Manley, Knoxville, Lafayette (LA), Lagos, Las Vegas, Lexington, Liberia (CR), Lima, Little Rock, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Louisville, Madison, Madrid, Managua, Manchester (NH), Melbourne (FL), Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mobile, Montego Bay, Montréal–Trudeau, Munich, Nashville, Nassau, Newark, New Orleans, Newport News, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orange County, Orlando, Panama City (FL), Panama City–Tocumen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Port-au-Prince, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Providence, Providenciales, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Quito, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Roanoke, Roatán, Rochester (NY), Rome–Fiumicino, Sacramento, St. Louis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José (CR), San José del Cabo, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santiago de Chile, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Sarasota, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong (resumes July 20, 2018), Shreveport, Springfield/Branson, Stuttgart, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tegucigalpa, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Tri-Cities (TN), Tucson, Tulsa, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, West Palm Beach, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Wilmington (NC)
Seasonal: Anchorage, Antigua, Barcelona, Bozeman, Dublin, Eagle/Vail, Green Bay, Grenada, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, Kalispell, Milan–Malpensa, Missoula, Montrose, Myrtle Beach, Oakland, Reno/Tahoe, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Vancouver, Venice–Marco Polo, Zürich
Delta ConnectionAlbany (GA), Alexandria, Allentown, Appleton, Asheville, Augusta (GA), Baton Rouge, Bloomington/Normal, Brunswick, Burlington (VT), Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charleston (WV), Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Columbia (SC), Columbus (GA), Columbus (MS), Dothan, Evansville, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fayetteville (NC), Fort Smith, Fort Walton Beach, Fort Wayne, Freeport, Gainesville, George Town/Great Exuma Island, Green Bay, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Gulfport/Biloxi, Houston–Intercontinental, Huntsville, Jackson (MS), Jacksonville (NC), Key West, Killeen/Fort Hood, Knoxville, Lafayette, León/Del Bajío, Lexington, Lincoln, Little Rock, Madison, Mobile, Moline/Quad Cities, Monroe, Monterrey, Montgomery, Montréal–Trudeau, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Newport News, Omaha, Peoria, Providenciales, Roanoke, Rochester (MN), Shreveport, Sioux Falls, South Bend, Springfield/Branson, Tallahassee, Toronto–Pearson, Tri-Cities (TN), Tulsa, Valdosta, White Plains, Wichita, Wilmington (NC)
Seasonal: Aspen, Elmira (NY), Fargo (ND), Marsh Harbour, Melbourne (FL), North Eleuthera, Rapid City, Traverse City
Frontier AirlinesDenver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York–LaGuardia,Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Juan (begins October 5, 2017), Trenton, Seasonal: Austin, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Miami, Orlando, St. Louis, San Antonio
JetBlue AirwaysBoston
KLMAmsterdam
LufthansaFrankfurt
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Southwest AirlinesAustin, Baltimore, Boston, Cancún, Chicago–Midway, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Greenville/Spartanburg, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego, Tampa, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, West Palm Beach
Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
Spirit AirlinesBaltimore, Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa
Seasonal: Atlantic City, Fort Myers
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul–Atatürk
United AirlinesChicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco
Seasonal: Washington–Dulles
United ExpressChicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Vacation ExpressSeasonal charter: Cancún (ends July 29, 2017), Montego Bay, Punta Cana
Virgin AtlanticLondon–Heathrow, Manchester (UK)

Transportation

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.

Taxis are fixed-rate when going to/from the airport and major business areas (Downtown $30, Midtown $32, Buckhead $40; excluding fees); be sure to insist on this fare.

Shuttles to nearby hotels and other attractions are located past the MARTA station.

By car

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.

Parking

Free "cell phone" parking lots are available if you're waiting a short time to pick up an arriving passenger. Both short-term (hourly and daily) and long-term (economy) parking are available from both terminals. There are also off-site parking lots with shuttles.

By rental car

Pick up your rental car from the Hartsfield–Jackson Rental Car Center, a dedicated complex with rental check-in desks and parking decks for the rental cars. From the Domestic Terminal, take the ATL SkyTrain; from the International Terminal, take the free shuttle (make sure to take the one to the rental car center, not to the Domestic Terminal).

When returning your car, take I-85 and follow signs towards the airport. Then, follow airport signs to get 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. Then, after you've returned the car, take the ATL SkyTrain to the Domestic Terminal, or the free shuttle to the International Terminal.

Regional Shuttles

Regional shuttle service to nearby cities is available, including the following destinations served by Groome Transportation:

  • Athens (University of Georgia)
  • Auburn/Opelika (Auburn University)
  • Augusta/Fort Gordon
  • Chattanooga
  • Columbus/Fort Benning
  • Macon
  • Warner Robins/Robins AFB

Get around

The airplane boarding gates are in 7 concourses, which are arranged in a straight line and bookended by the terminals. In order, there is the Domestic Terminal (North and South Terminals), Concourses TABCDE, and F, and the International Terminal. To go to or between the concourses, you take an escalator down to a long underground hallway (the Transportation Mall), and take the fast Plane Train, an automated people mover that stops at every concourse/terminal roughly every 2 minutes. You can also choose to walk (it's about 1000 feet between each concourse). With either method, you don't leave and then re-enter secure zones, so tight connections are usually quite feasible.

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.

Terminals

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport has terminal and concourse space totaling 6,800,000 square feet (630,000 m2).

There are two terminals, the Domestic Terminal and the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal, where passengers check in and claim bags. The Domestic Terminal is on the west side of the airport, while the International Terminal is located on the east side of the airport, and includes customs and immigration services for international passengers.

Domestic Terminal

The Domestic Terminal is on the western side of the airport. It is divided into two sides – Terminal South and Terminal North – for ticketing, check-in, and baggage claim. Delta is the sole tenant of Terminal South, while all other domestic airlines are located at Terminal North. The portion of the building between Terminal North and Terminal South includes the Atrium, which is a large, open seating area featuring concessionaires, a bank, conference rooms, an interfaith chapel and offices on the upper floors with the main security checkpoint, the Ground Transportation Center and a MARTA station on other levels.

Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal

International flights arrive and depart from the international terminal, either concourse E or F, located on the eastern side of the airport. Concourse F and the new international terminal opened May 16, 2012, while concourse E opened in September 1994, in anticipation of the 1996 Summer Olympics. International pre-cleared flights can arrive at concourses T & A–D. International flights can also depart from concourses T & A–D, such as when space is unavailable at concourses E or F, or when an aircraft arrives as a domestic flight and continues as an international flight. Furthermore, all international pre-cleared flights, regardless of origin, will collect their baggage at the international terminal.

Concourses

Gates are located in seven concourses between the Domestic and International terminals. Concourse T is connected to the Domestic Terminal. The remaining six concourses from west to east are Concourses A, B, C, D, E, and F. Concourses A–D and T are used for domestic flights, while Concourses E and F are used for international flights and some domestic flights when gates at T or A–D are not available, or when an aircraft arrives as an international flight and continues as a domestic flight. Concourse F is directly connected to the International Terminal, while Concourse E has a designated walkway to the International Terminal and also has its own Federal Inspection station for connecting passengers. Delta Air Lines has gates and operations at all concourses. The gates and airlines at each concourse are:

Gates

The gates at each concourse:

  • Concourse T: 17 gates (T1–T17)
  • Concourse A: 29 gates (A1–A7, A9–A12, A15–A21, A24–A34)
  • Concourse B: 32 gates (B1–B7, B9–B14, B16–B29, B31–B34, B36)
  • Concourse C: 48 gates (C1–C22, C30–53, C55, C57)
  • Concourse D: 43 gates (D1, D1A, D2–D8, D8A, D9–D11, D11A, D12–D16, D21–D42, D44, D46)
  • Concourse E: 28 gates (E1–E12, E14–E18, E26–E36)
  • Concourse F: 12 gates (F1–F10, F12, F14)

Connections between terminals and concourses

The terminals and concourses are connected by the Transportation Mall, a pedestrian tunnel with a series of moving walkways, and The Plane Train, an automated people mover. The Plane Train has stations along the Transportation Mall at the Domestic Terminal (which also serves Concourse T), at each of the six other concourses (including concourse F which is connected to the International Terminal), and at the domestic baggage claim area. The Plane Train is the world's busiest automated system, with over 64 million riders in 2002.

At one time, there was a second underground walkway between Concourses B and C that connected the north ends of the two concourses and made it possible to transfer without returning to the center of the concourse. This was constructed for Eastern Airlines, which occupied these two terminals. This walkway is now closed, and its entrance at Concourse B has been replaced by a bank of arrival/departure monitors.

Accommodation & Hotels

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),  +1 404-762-7660Their 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

Hotels

Connected by transit

 

 

Nearby

  • Hilton Atlanta Airport1031 Virginia Ave (Shuttle available from airport),  +1-404-767-9000Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PMWi-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)

 

  • Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport-North3415 Norman Berry Dr (Shuttle available from airport), +1-404-768-8484Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PMWi-Fi free. from $94 Parking $4/hourly, $16/daily, valet $18/daily. Pets allowed (up to 50lbs, $75 fee 1–6 nights).

 

  • Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel1 Hartsfield Centre Pkwy (Shuttle available from airport),  +1-404-209-9999, toll-free: +1-800-468-3571Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 12PMFrom $113/night. Wi-Fi free in public areas, $14.95 wireless and wired in guest rooms. Parking $4/hourly, $16/daily, valet $18/daily

Coffee & Restaurants

Coffee

The tide has turned against domination by Starbucks and Seattle's Best, and there are now an assortment of cafes and restaurants with a decent brew.

  • Domestic Terminal Atrium: Coffee Beanery, IHOP, La Madeleine, Starbucks
  • Concourse T: Argo Tea & Café (Gate T11), The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Gate T6), Corner Bakery Café (Gate T3, kiosk at Gate T13), Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli (Gate T12)
  • Concourse A: Atlanta Bread & Bar (Gate A12), Brioche Doree Café Bakery (Concourse A center), Caribou Coffee (Gate A2), The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Gate A12), Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli (Gate A16)
  • Concourse B: Cafe Intermezzo (Concourse B center), Cafe Tazza (Concourse B center), Coffee Beanery (Gate B3), Dunkin' Donuts (Gate B26)
  • Concourse C: Atlanta Bread Company (Gate C30), Starbucks (Gate C16, Gate C37)
  • Concourse D: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Gate D30), Einstein Bros. Bagels (Concourse D center), Food Network Kitchen (Concourse D center), Harvest & Grounds (Gate D9)
  • Concourse E: Caribou Coffee (Concourse E center), Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli
  • Concourse F: French Meadow Cafe (Concourse F center), La Madeleine, Starbucks (Concourse F center, upstairs)
  • International Terminal: Starbucks (Arrivals level)

Restaurants and bars

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.

If you get stuck at the airport overnight, very few restaurants are open 24/7:

  • IHOP Express (Domestic Terminal Atrium)
  • La Madeleine (Domestic Terminal Atrium)
  • Subway (Gate T6)
  • Gordon Biersch (Concourse A center, upstairs)
  • Possibly one of the McDonald's (Gate A11, or Concourse E center)
  • Blue Moon Brewhouse (Gate E28)
  • Lorena Garcia Tapas Atlanta (Concourse F center, upstairs)

If none of those strike your fancy, exit the airport, get a taxi, and find a restaurant in nearby Hapeville, College Park, or other parts of south Atlanta.

Domestic Terminal

  • Atlanta Chophouse & Brewery.
  • La Madeleine (Domestic Terminal Atrium), +1 404-433-65986AM-10PMA Southern chain of French bistros, serving favorites like croque monsieur sandwiches, quiche florentine, and French onion soup. 
  • Shane's Rib Shack.

Concourse T

  • Atlanta Stillhouse (Concourse T).
  • Corner Bakery Cafe (Concourse T).
  • Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Gate T11). Excellent burgers; you might even say they're good enough to die for. Good selection of craft beers and a full bar.
  • Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli (Gate T13).
  • Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Cafe (Concourse T).
  • Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House (Gates T7, A12, C42). Daily 7AM-10PMYour second best bet for a decent pint of beer.

Concourse A

  • Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill (Concourse A). 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 (Gate A1). Martinis
  • Cat Cora's Kitchen (Gate A25).
  • Chick-fil-A (Concourse A, C). All Chick-fil-A locations closed every SuThis 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 (Concourse A center).
  • Piano Bar (Concourse A 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 (Concourse A).
  • Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House (Gates T7, A12, C42). Daily 7AM-10PMYour second best bet for a decent pint of beer.
  • 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 (Concourse A center). 7:30AM-11PMLittle 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.

Concourse B

  • Dos Equis Explorers Lounge (Concourse B).
  • Café Intermezzo (Concourse B).
  • LottaFrutta (Concourse B).
  • Paschal's Southern Cuisine (Concourse B).
  • Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House (Concourse B). Daily 7AM-10PMYour second best bet for a decent pint of beer.
  • Sweetwater Draft House & Grill (Gates A25, B11),  +1 404-559-9787Daily 8AM-10PM (A25), 6AM-11PM (B11)Serving up Georgia's most well-known craft beer.
  • Three Taverns Craft Beers (Concourse B). Locally brewed craft Belgian-style beers

Concourse C

  • Chick-fil-A (Concourse A, C). All Chick-fil-A locations closed every SuThis 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 (Concourse C).
  • The Original El Taco (Concourse C, F).
  • The Pecan Bar (Concourse C).
  • Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint (Concourse C).
  • Samuel Adams Atlanta Brew House (Gates T7, A12, C42). Daily 7AM-10PMYour second best bet for a decent pint of beer.
  • The Varsity (Gate C21), +1 404-838-1001Famous 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. 

Concourse D

As one recent review put it, "The 'D' clearly stands for 'drinking'."

  • 40/40 Bar (Concourse D). Upscale sports bar, the third location of a chained owned by rapper Jay-Z.
  • Atlanta Braves All-Star Grill (Concourse D).
  • Chicken+Beer (Concourse D). 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 (Concourse D). A showcase of local foods, which unfortunately may fall short in its execution. Locally roasted Octane Coffee is good, one of the only alternatives in the airport to Starbucks and Seattle's Best. Sandwiches like "The Big Peach" on bread from locally-renound Holeman and 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 (Concourse D center).
  • Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Gate D30). Excellent burgers; you might even say they're good enough to die for. Good selection of craft beers and a full bar.
  • Mustard Seed BBQ (Gate D23).
  • Terrapin Brewery (Concourse D center). Locally brewed craft beer from nearby Athens, Georgia. Smoke lounge with cigars and hookah.

Concourse E

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 (Concourse E).
  • Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli (Concourse E).
  • One Flew South (Concourse E center; from the escalators, look left), +1 404-816-3464Daily 11AM-10PMOne 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 (Concourse E).

Concourse F

  • Ecco (Concourse F center, upstairs). Upscale Italian food. Three dozen wines by the glass, emphasizing breadth rather than depth.
  • French Meadow Bakery & Café (Concourse F).
  • Jekyll Island Seafood Company (Gate F9). Beers from multiple small Atlanta craft breweries
  • Maison Mathis Belgium Beer Café (Gate F3).
  • The Original El Taco (Concourse C, F).
  • The Pecan Bistro (Concourse F center, upstairs).
  • The Varsity (Concourse F center, upstairs),  +1 404-838-1001Famous 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. 

International Terminal

There is only one restaurant outside of security in the International Terminal:

  • Sweet Auburn Market (International Terminal, departures level), +1-404-492-5755Daily 6AM-11PM.

Car parks

The Airport offers around-the-clock parking with convenient access – on foot or by shuttle – to the domestic and international terminals. Automatic ticket dispensers issue parking tickets for each parking lot area – Hourly, Daily, Economy, Park Ride and Reserve. You also have the option of using a credit card. All parking facilities include handicap-accessible parking spaces. Once parked, customers should jot down their location, take a reminder card or scan the QR code posted near their parking space. Upon exit, guests can use the pre-pay parking Pay-On-Foot machines located in the parking areas and in the terminal or they can pay at the automated machines at the exit plazas. Cashiers are also available for assistance. The Airport accepts cash and all major credit cards. With more than 30,000 spaces available, parking should be available for all travelers, even on the busiest of days.

 

Internet, Comunication

Hartsfield-Jackson is now one huge “hot spot,” offering free Wi-Fi accessible from virtually any location, including the typically hard-to-reach transportation mall.

ATL’s Wi-Fi connects laptops, Android-platform tablets/smartphones, any Apple Wi-Fi-enabled device and all other Wi-Fi wireless devices. Users can connect to the Wi-Fi to surf the web, check email, download presentations, watch movies, listen to music and connect to their corporate Virtual Private Network (VPNs).

When you power on your Internet-ready device, the Airport’s Wi-Fi network (SSID ATL Free Wi-Fi) communicates with it.

There are three easy steps to connect:

  1. Select SSID: ATL Free Wi-Fi wireless network.
  2. Launch your browser.
  3. Fill out the required information, read and agree to our Terms of Use, then click submit.

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.

For technical support, call (877) 452-9434 or complete the ATL Wi-Fi feedback form by clicking here.

Things to know


Music

  • If you want some ambiance, Concourse E has a spacious food court with live piano.
  • There is also the Piano Bar in Concourse A , although it's small and often crowded.
  • Music plays in the Domestic Terminal Atrium (outside security) from 5PM-7PM daily. The theme changes monthly.

Art exhibits

The airport is home to a growing number of art 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 Concourse T and Concourse A there are Zimbabwean stone sculptures.
    • Between Concourses A and B, the tunnel is done up like a forest, with faux foliage on the ceiling, lighting, and sound effects of rain and birds.
    • There's an exhibit on the history of Atlanta between Concourses B and C.
  • 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.

There are quite a few other exhibits, some permanent and some rotating; the airport's website has a complete listing and descriptions.


Lounges

  • The Club at ATL (Concourse F center, upstairs), +1 404-382-28566AM-9:30PM dailyOpen to all travellers; also serves British Airways, Lufthansa, Priority Pass, Lounge Club, and Diners Club International. Showers available. Day pass $40 ($35 if booked online 24 hours in advance)
  • 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), +1 404-761-8061M-F 7AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-7PM, Su 8AM-9PMFor 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. 

Airline lounges

  • American Airlines Admiral Club (Concourse T, gate T10), +1 404-530-7250Su-Fr 5:15AM–8:30PM, Sa 5:15AM–8PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse T, gate T6). 6AM-10PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse A center, 2nd level). 5AM-11PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse A, gate A17). 6AM-11PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse B, gate B18). 6AM-11PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse C, gate C37). 6AM-11PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse D, gate D12). 6AM-10PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse D, gate D27). 6AM-11PM.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse E, gate E15). 6AM-10PMShowers available.
  • Delta Sky Club (Concourse F center, upstairs). 5:30AM-11PMShowers available.
  • United Club (Concourse T, gate T11),  +1-866-822-5827Su-Fr 4:45AM-8:45PM, Sa 4:45AM-7PM.

Spas

  • XpresSpa (Concourse A center, opposite food court),  +1 404-305-01986AM-10PM dailyManicure $20, 10-minute massage $25.
  • XpresSpa (Gate C37),  +1 404-766-43536AM-10:30PM dailyManicure $20, 10-minute massage $25.

Money

For currency exchange, Travelex has multiple locations in the airport:

  • Travelex (Domestic Terminal Atrium),  +1 404-766-87677AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Gate T6),  +1 404-767-34716AM-10PM.
  • Travelex (Concourse A center),  +1 404-762-76967AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Gates B15/B16),  +1 404-762-79967AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Concourse D center),  +1 404-767-45307AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Concourse E, arrivals level),  +1 404-761-14067AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Concourse E center),  +1 404-768-24657AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Gates E12/E14), +1 404-761-19417AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Gate E26),  +1 404-761-63317AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Gate F6),  +1 404-763-09007AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Concourse F, arrivals level and baggage claim),  +1 404-736-090024 hours daily.
  • Travelex (Concourse F, connector from Concourse E),  +1 404-317-85877AM-11PM.
  • Travelex (Concourse F center, upstairs),  +1 404-719-11757AM-11PM.

For banking, there is a full-service Wells Fargo (Domestic Terminal Atrium), +1 404-974-9555M-F 10AM-2PM.

If you just need some cash, there are Wells Fargo ATMs (Domestic Terminal Atrium, Concourse T center, Gate A19, Gate B19, Gate C22, Gate D11, and Concourse F center). 24 hours daily.


Smoking

Smoking is not generally permitted in public Airport areas. However, there are designated smoking areas inside Hartsfield-Jackson.

Designated smoking locations:

T-GatesNear Gates 4 and 13 smoking location
Concourse AGordon Biersch restaurant (mezzanine level of food court) and Tap near Gate A3.
Concourse BNear gates 7 and 24
Concourse CNear Gates 16 and 26
Concourse DNo smoking rooms
Concourse ENear Gates 9, 17 and 29
Concourse FMezzanine level in the food court area

Safety and security

You can enter security at any of the four checkpoints. You'll never have to leave and re-enter security.

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.

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.

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.

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