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Atlanta Layover

| January 8, 2015

Atlanta layovers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offer plenty for travelers to do both inside and outside the airport. The airport is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and Delta uses it as their chief hub. Hartsfield-Jackson is located roughly seven miles from downtown Atlanta, which makes the city accessible for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Atlanta layover, click here for useful tips.
Atlanta Layover stopover things to do
If you’re stuck on an Atlanta layover for either a short or lengthy stay, there’s plenty to do. There are restaurants and shops throughout the airport, and many services including Currency Exchange, Capital City bank in Atrium SW and Wells Fargo ATMs in eight locations, Quick Visas and passports in Atrium NW, and Interfaith Chapels in three locations in the atrium and E Centerpoint. Here is a list of all retail and services throughout the Atlanta airport.

The airport proudly offers wireless Internet service from anywhere inside the airport, including “hard to reach” places including under the concourses. To keep kids entertained, the airport has a website specifically designed for them. There are also art displays made by Atlanta’s young artists through the airport. You can also find shopping, and plenty of restaurants and bars.

You’ll need a minimum of three hours nationally to leave the airport (leave for an hour back in the airport to clear security), and more for International flights (a minimum of 5 hours) to make sure you leave enough time for Immigration and security. The destinations in Atlanta are a bit of a ways away from the airport (downtown is 20 minutes each way), so make sure you pad more than enough time to make your connecting flight.

If you need a place to store your luggage, check out Wrap-A-Bag by the baggage claim in the North and South Terminal areas. Check the site for times and prices.

For those who have an overnight Atlanta layover and are looking for places to stay, there are a number of hotels near the airport, and for a list of Atlanta hotels of varying price points, click here.

Transportation to and from the airport comprises of a cab, rental car, or public transportation (MARTA). The MARTA is attached to the airport, off the baggage claim, and for $1.75 you can travel to downtown. For an airport map of MARTA and more info, click here. Private transfers can also be booked.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things to do in Atlanta:

Atlanta Tours

There are a lot of fun, Atlanta tours that you can book during your layover. There are more traditional bus sightseeing tours and bike tours, to more unusual tours such as a zombie film location tour, a “Gone With The Wind” tour, a CNN Studio Tour, and a tour by electric car.

The Aquarium

In the heart of downtown Atlanta, you’ll find the largest aquarium in the world with over 8 million gallons of water, and the most aquatic animals. They have sections on cold water creatures, a huge display which houses whale sharks, tropical reef life and much more.

Atlanta Segway Tour

This guided tour gives you a history of Atlanta, by zipping you around in a segway. It’s a great way to see the city, get some great photos, learn the history and have some fun.

Botanical Gardens

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens feature many unusual varieties of plant life and gardens including a collection of Venus Fly Traps. The Fuqua Orchid Center contains a rare collection of high-elevation orchids and the Chihuly in the garden displays 50 original glass sculptures.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

A main site, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site attracts 500,000 visitors each year. Here, you can visit the home where the leader of the Civil Rights Movement was born, tour the church where he preached, and see his memorial site.

World Of Coca-Cola

At double the size of the original World of Coca-Cola, this new facility offers a 4-D theater (3-D but with moving seats), the largest collection of coke memorabilia, a fully-functioning bottling line, a tasting experience of over 60 samples, and a pop culture gallery.

If none of this strikes your fancy, check out this list of 50 things you can do on an Atlanta layover here.

Have a layover tip? Leave suggestions below for Atlanta layovers!

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  1. K Niland says:

    Just a correction to first line: Easter Airlines has been out of business for nearly 22 years.

  2. K Niland says:

    * Eastern 🙂

  3. Justin says:

    Also for those who wish to catch up on their beauty rest on a layover at ATL, Minute Suites are an option (on concourse B)

  4. Suzanne says:

    Now $38 an hour… minimum!

  5. Rufus says:

    Hi. We will have a 4-hour layover in Atlanta. Thinking of taking the kiddo to the State Capitol. Is this even plausible? Please advise. Thank you.

  6. I think the Aquarium and the botanical garden are the best things to visit if you have time on your layover in Atlanta. You will probably want more than an hour to get to see the aquarium, but it is worth it. Just make sure you have good transportation to and from the airport preferably someone who is aware of traffic patterns. Traffic in Atlanta can be pretty bad.