There are 1,550 officially licensed taxicabs operating in Atlanta City, and 2,500 taxi drivers and chauffeurs. Shuttle services and Jitney cabs are also a popular option for those travelling to or from Atlanta Airport.
Despite Atlanta being home to just 500,000 residents, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport continues to reign as the worlds busiest airport, with over 96 million passengers recorded in 2014.
Getting to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is situated in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, and the most populous city in the state.
Atlanta Airport (ATL) is ideally located to serve as the primary hub for connecting North America to the Southern Hemisphere and the rest of the World. This advantageous positioning has contributed to Atlanta Airport remaining as the busiest airport in the world by passenger numbers, for the 17th consecutive year since 1998, and between 2005 and 2013 it was the worlds busiest for landings and takeoffs.
The fact that Atlanta only has the one main Airport, compared to multiple airports seen in bigger cities such as New York and London, is a major contributing factor to why Atlanta is by far the busiest in the World. The support of global carrier Delta accounts for some of this traffic too, with almost 1,000 flights a day coming from the Delta Airlines Hub operating from the airport.
There are two terminals to Atlanta Airport, one for international flights and the other for domestic flights. To reach either of the terminals from Downtown Atlanta, follow the Interstate 75/85 South, and then follow signs to your appropriate terminal entrance.
Getting around Atlanta
Atlantas public transport system is operated by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). A network of 92 bus routes are linked together with 48 miles of rapid transit rail track and 38 train stations. It is the 8th largest Rapid Transit Authority in America and in 2014, around 440,000 passengers used MARTA.
Atlanta Airport taxis & transfer prices
For general transportation within specified zones, a flat base rate of $8 is charged for the first person, with an additional $2 charged per extra person riding with them.
Taxi Pricing Structure
The below flat rates may be applicable – speak to your driver prior to departure to agree your rate.
|From||To||Price per person|
Below are additional fees you should be aware of too.
|Flag Drop Rate up to 1/8th of a mile||$2.50|
|Rate after 1/8th of a mile||$0.25|
|Waiting time (per hr)||$21|
*These taxi price rates are an estimate from December 2015 and are subject to change. You should use these prices as a guide and where possible, confirm the prices when you book or agree a fare at the taxi rank before getting into a taxi.
Be aware that the flag drop rate is always applicable, so even if you change your mind once in the cab, you would still be liable to pay the flag-drop fare. It is also customary to leave a 10-15% tip for the driver as with other American states.
What to do in Atlanta?
There is plenty to do during a visit to Atlanta, from free events to fun filled family days at a baseball game! Below are just a few of the best things to do on your trip!
World of Coca Cola
Taxi Cost from Atlanta Airport: $37
World of Coca Cola is a museum dedicated to the fascinating story of the world famous beverage brand. Here you can view many original memorabilia on display, discover how the drinks are bottled up or take a multi sensory tour on what makes the perfect formula. Visit around Christmas time and you can meet the Coca Cola Polar Bear and sip a refreshing glass of Gingerbread Coke!
Taxi Cost from Atlanta Airport: $40
If a stroll through the park with a picnic sounds like bliss to you, where better to visit than Piedmont Park. Visit one of the many annual shows such as the Atlanta Dogwood or the Gay Pride Festival or visit the delicious Mexican Grill Houses and Taverns that surround the park.
Taxi Cost from Atlanta Airport: $30
Make the most of your Zoo experience by visiting the petting zoo and attending the keeper talks and demos! How about a behind the scenes tour of the elephants? A trip to the Zoo is the ultimate all rounder – there is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. With over 175 species of animal, you can easily spend hours exploring the worlds wildlife!
Taxi Cost from Atlanta Airport: $25
Home ground for the Atlanta Braves Baseball team, it’s become a landmark in the city since it opened in 1997. A must visit for any sports fan, you can tour the stadium prior to a game, visit the museum and hall of fame or simply enjoy a great beer and burger whilst watching the legends in action!
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Taxi Cost from Atlanta Airport: $30
The Martin Luther King Jr. site is one of the several sites that are part of the National Park Service. Here you can discover the home in which Dr King grew up in and learn all about his upbringing, stroll through the picturesque World Peace Gardens, adorned with Roses and marvel at the life-size bronze monument that stands in his remembrance . A truly humbling experience that anyone can appreciate.