Flights to Atlanta (ATL) overview
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There may not be a certain day of the week when tickets are always cheaper to buy, but there are periods before a trip when airfare is most likely to be a good deal. We call this the Goldilocks Window. For domestic flights, it’s 1-3 months before departure. For international trips, it’s 2-8 months prior.
If, however, your trip will be during the peak season for your destination, or you have specific travel dates that can’t be changed, we suggest adding a few months. Anyone hoping to fly somewhere for Christmas, for instance, should start looking at fares in July. And, despite what you might have heard, last-minute bargain fares aren’t all that common. Instead, airlines typically raise prices 21, 14, and 7 days before a flight, so try to book before those times if possible.
Consider flying from different departure airports
If you’re one of the fortunate people who lives relatively close to multiple major airports, you’re probably already accustomed to checking the fares from each one to see where you can get the best deal. But even if you only have one “home” airport, you can still save money sometimes by flying out of a different airport altogether.
There are always flights available to Atlanta from Portland, but they aren’t always particularly cheap. If all you’re finding are roundtrip fares that are $500 or more, try widening your search to include flights to Atlanta from Seattle and you could find roundtrip fares that are less than half what you’d pay flying direct from PDX. And with that kind of savings, the drive up to SeaTac won’t feel so bothersome.
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You may know that avoiding a destination’s peak tourist season can help you save money, but the real key is flexibility. Travelers who can keep schedules flexible can potentially take advantage of cheaper airfare—they let the price dictate when they fly, not the other way around.
Even if you don’t have that kind of flexibility with your vacation time, there are a couple of things to know that may help you find a better deal on airfare. If summer is the only time you can travel, look for cheaper fares in the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August.
And, at the very least, you can avoid flying when airfare is routinely more expensive (Fridays and Sundays) and aim for days when it’s typically cheaper (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays).
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There are 23 airlines serving ATL. It’s Delta’s main hub airport, and it’s also a major airport for Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit. Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest airport in the world, so it should come as no surprise that there are 150 airports in the US with direct service to Atlanta.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Atlanta (ATL)
What is the airport code for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?
The airport code for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is ATL
When is high season in Atlanta?
Atlanta’s peak tourist season runs from May to September, even though the summer months are hot and humid. Some contend that Atlanta’s elevation, though, usually means slightly milder summer weather than some other parts of Georgia. Some of the city’s biggest events happen from June to August, including the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival and the Summer Shade Festival.
When is the best time to visit Atlanta?
Weather-wise, the consensus is that Atlanta is most pleasant from March to May and September to November. It’s still warm enough to enjoy all manner of outdoor activities but not so hot as to make you feel sluggish all day. Just be prepared for the occasional rainstorm in March through April—and make a note that September is the tail end of hurricane season, so it may be rainy then, too.
Does Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have its own on-site hotel?
No, there are no hotels inside or connected to the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson, but there are four hotels that are easily reachable from the airport’s SkyTrain. All four are near the Gateway Center stop, which is about a two-minute trip from the baggage claim area. The closest hotel to the Gateway Center stop is the Marriott, and the one that’s furthest away (while still within walking distance) is the AC Hotel.
AC Hotel Atlanta Airport Gateway: The hotel has a gym and room service. Rooms start at around $150 per night.
Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway: The hotel has a gym, indoor pool, and room service. Rooms start at around $200 per night.
Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway: The hotel has a gym and on-site restaurant. Rooms start at around $230 per night.
SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway: The hotel has a gym, free buffet, and hot breakfast. Rooms start at around $180 per night.
What lounges are available at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?
There are more than a dozen lounges at the Atlanta airport, nine of which are Delta Sky Clubs. There are other airline lounges as well as non-airline lounges available, too.
Concourse A There are two Delta Sky Clubs in Concourse A (in the center on the second level and near A17) that offer free drinks and fresh food throughout the day. Free WiFi and satellite TVs are available. Access is free for Sky Club members, Delta’s and Air France’s first-class or business-class ticketholders, SkyMiles Reserve cardholders, and AmEx Platinum cardholders with a Delta boarding pass.
Concourse B There is a Delta Sky Club in Concourse B (near B18) that offers free drinks and fresh food throughout the day. Free WiFi and satellite TVs are available. (See above for access.)
There is also a Minute Suites (near B16), open 24/7 for any traveler. There are private day-bed suites available starting at $48 for one hour.
Concourse C There is a Delta Sky Club in Concourse C (near C37) that offers free drinks and fresh food throughout the day. Free WiFi and satellite TVs are available. (See above for access.)
Concourse D There are two Delta Sky Clubs in Concourse D (near D12 and D27) that offer free drinks and fresh food throughout the day. Free WiFi and satellite TVs are available. (See above for access.)
Concourse E There is a Delta Sky Club in Concourse E (across from E15) that offers free drinks and fresh food throughout the day. Free WiFi, satellite TVs, and showers are available. (See above for access.)
Concourse F There is a Delta Sky Club in Concourse F (mezzanine) that offers free drinks and fresh food throughout the day. Free WiFi, satellite TVs, and showers are available. (See above for access.)
There is also The Club at ATL (mezzanine), which offers a selection of drinks and snacks for any traveler who buys a $40 day pass. Concourse T
There is an American Airlines Admirals Club in Concourse T (across from T10) that offers free drinks, snacks, fresh food, and free WiFi. Access is free for Admirals Club members, American Airlines travelers flying first or business class, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard cardholders with an AA boarding pass, ConciergeKey members with an AA boarding pass, and AirPass members with Admirals Club privileges. Day passes are also available for $59.
There is a Delta Sky Club in Concourse T (near T6) that offers free drinks and fresh food throughout the day. Free WiFi and satellite TVs are available. (See above for access.)
There is also a United Club in Concourse T (near T11) that offers a self-serve bar, light snacks, and free WiFi. Access is free for United Club members, travelers flying first or business class on United or its Star Alliance partners, United Club Infinite cardholders, and some elite-status United or Star Alliance frequent flyers. Day Passes are also available for $59.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?
To bring a dog or cat into Georgia from another state, Georgia’s Department of Agriculture requires they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations (you must be able to show proof of this). For all other animals and for more details, see the state’s Department of Agriculture website. And don’t forget to consult the rules about traveling with animals that are set by your airline.
Inside Hartsfield-Jackson airport, there are eight pet relief areas—one in each concourse, plus one outside the International Arrivals area. For a little more freedom to move, check out Poochie Park. It’s outside door LN2 of the Domestic Terminal North, and it offers pups 1,000 square feet of fenced grass to play in.
How far is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Atlanta?
The Atlanta airport is about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta by car using the most direct route.
What are the transportation options for getting from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Atlanta?
Passengers arriving at ATL have a few options for getting into the city, including taxis and public transportation.
By taxi or rideshare: In light traffic, the 10-mile trip from the airport into the city takes about 30 minutes. Taxis have flat rates of $30-40, depending on where you’re going in Atlanta, plus mandatory $2-3 surcharges for fuel and airport access are added. Rideshare trips usually cost from $30-55, depending on traffic and demand.
By public transportation: Atlanta’s MARTA trains have two lines that connect the airport with the city—the Red line and the Gold line. Both depart from Airport Station in the Domestic Terminal, and it takes about 15 minutes to get downtown. A one-way ticket costs $2.50.
How long is the flight to Atlanta?
A flight to Atlanta can vary quite a bit depending on how far away your departure airport is. And, of course, any itinerary that involves a layover will mean an even longer travel day. But, generally speaking, you can expect nonstop flights to Atlanta from the Northeast to take about 2.5 hours, from the Midwest about 2.5 hours, from the Southwest about 4 hours, and from the West Coast about 5 hours.
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