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Car Rental Atlanta Airport

ATL Airport in Atlanta Georgia is one of America’s largest airports, with many tourists flying in and out on a minute to minute basis. One thing those tourists may need with when they land is a source of transportation to get to their next location. If you’re one of those tourists would like to have a vehicle when you land, there are a few things to keep in mind about airport car rental.

Rental cars are available at the Atlanta Airport, and all of the major car rental locations are available for travelers. Enterprise, Budget, Avis, Hertz, Alamo, and Fox are the companies that provide rental cars at the ATL Airport for travelers. Although they can take walk-ins, it is important for you as well as other renters to reserve a car prior to taking off. This will make car rental less stressful, and allow car renters to have the type of car they desire readily available as soon as their plane lands.

Rental Car reservations will allow you and other renters to have a choice in the vehicle size, make, and fuel efficiency. These are important rental vehicle qualities for many travelers. This is very important if you are traveling with a large group, on a budget, or have particular driving habits for certain types of cars.

You may reserve a rental car, either online or by phone. Different websites provide rental car reservations. You’ll have the choice of the company website, travel sites, or the car may be reserved before the flight. Either way, the reservation fee must be paid at the time that the car reservation is placed. After you reserve a vehicle, make sure to get a print out of the rental car receipt or reference number. Have a print out as well as your photo ID available when you arrive to check out the rental car.

Once arriving at the rental car destination, go to the rental car office. Provide the attendant with the information print out with your photo ID, and the key should be provided. Before you pull off in your rental car, do a walk through with the rental car agent. Check the gas gage and mileage. If there is any damage to the car, such as dents or scratches, have that information recorded and if possible, take photos. Everything should be recorded accurately and returned in identical condition.

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Airport Data for ATL
Transportation from ATL
Parking Information

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Distance from ATL to: 

  • Atlanta city center – 11 miles (18 km)
  • Marietta – 28 miles (45 km)
  • Roswell – 33 miles (53 km)
  • Macon – 80 miles (129 km)
  • Chattanooga – 126 miles (202 km)

Nearest Major Airports: 

  • Birmingham Airport – 152 miles (244 km)
  • Huntsville Airport – 239 miles (385 km)
  • Nashville Airport – 252 miles (405 km)

Atlanta Time Zone: 

  •  4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT – 4:00)

Hotels near ATL: 

  • There are numerous hotels within the immediate vicinity of Atlanta Airport
  • Many offer a courtesy shuttle from the airpot
  • Board on the West Curb, outside the North and South Terminals

Facts about ATL:

  • Atlanta is a major US transport hub
  • ATL is the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic
  • In 2008, ATL had 90 million passengers and 978,824 flights
  • It ranks 7th as an international gateway to the US
  • A second airport for Atlanta is in the early planning stages

Car Rental at Atlanta Airport:

  • There are 7 car rental companies that serve Atlanta Airport
  • 6 car rental kiosks are on the first floor of the atrium
  • A shuttle bus runs from the Yellow Bus Isle to the car rental pick-up area
  • 3 more rental car companies are located a few miles from the airport

Atlanta City Bus:

  • Buses are operated by Metropolitan Transport Authority (MARTA)
  • Route 501 is the Airport Loop
  • Routes 502-504 run to various Atlanta destinations
  • Buses run every 15-30 minutes
  • Greyhound Flightlink buses go to various cities and states
  • Busses are located at the lower level of the North Terminal

Taxi Service:

  • Taxis are available from the Red Bus Isle
  • Fare to Atlanta downtown is about 30.00 USD
  • Other fares: 2.50 USD for the first 1/8th mile, then 2.00 USD/mile


  • Local trains are operated by Metropolitan Transport Authority (MARTA)
  • Airport station is in the South Terminal
  • Route 501 is the Airport Loop
  • Routes 502-504 run to various Atlanta destinations
  • Trains run every 10-15 minutes at peak times
  • Journey time is 20 minutes to the center
  • One-way fare to downtown Atlanta is 1.75 USD
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

Hourly Parking:

  • Directly in front of each terminal entrance
  • 1.00 USD per hour for the first 2 hours, then 2.00 USD per hour for the next 4
  • 28.00 USD per day
  • Lost ticket = full day price

Daily Parking:

  • Across from each terminal
  • Closest for overnight parking
  • All under cover except 4th (top) level
  • 2.00 USD/hour
  • Maximum daily price = 14.00 USD

Economy Parking:

  • Next to the parking decks
  • Long term
  • 2.00 USD/hour
  • Maximum daily price = 10.00 USD

Gold Reserve Parking:

  • Next to North and South Terminals, on ground floor level of parking decks
  • Reserved space and no waiting
  • 3.00 USD first hour
  • Additional time = 1.00 USD/hour
  • Maximum daily price = 24.00 USD
  • You need to pay annual fees to use Gold Reserve Parking

Silver Reserve Parking:

  • Next to  South Terminal Parkway
  • Reserved space and no waiting
  • No published prices
  • You must apply for Silver Reserve Parking
  • *1.00 USD = 0.70 EUR, 0.60 GBP

*Prices, information and exchange rates are as of June 15, 2009