Sleeping in Airports

Atlanta Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Atlanta Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

The weirdest part of the night was when a random airport employee came up and threw a blanket at me. It hit me hard enough that it woke me up with a start. – djphob

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Atlanta Airport.

What to Expect

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the world’s largest travel hubs. This massive and busy airport has two terminals (domestic and international), with seven concourses (A, B, C, D, E, F and T). A – D and T serve domestic flights, while E and F generally serve international flights. The whole airport is connected by the underground Plane Train and a pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways.

The airport has a pleasant atrium and decent shopping and dining options, including a number of restaurants that are open 24-hours a day.  While unlimited free WiFi is available, mobile charging is said to be hard to find depending on which concourse you are using.  For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first class lounges – one of which has showers – that economy class passengers can pay to access.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

The most comfortable places to sleep at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport seem to be located airside, in Concourses E and F, and in the International Terminal. Here, there are comfortable loveseats and chairs that you can push together to make pseudo-beds.  Landside, there are reports of homeless people sleeping in the airport at night.  That said, the airport seems to have a tendency to be bright, noisy and cold overnight. It’s best to come prepared with a sleep mask, noise cancelling headphone or ear plugs, and some warm layers. It’s also worth asking airport staff about blanket availability – a few sleepers have scored some in the past.  If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep, Minute Suites rents sleep cabins by the hour in Concourses B and T. There is also a hotel inside the airport, and others nearby connected by shuttles.   See Airport Hotels in the guide below for more information.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  The Club at ATL – Location: Airside, International Terminal, Concourse F. This lounge is available to all travellers no matter what class of service or airline. Showers and a designated rest zone are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Concourse T. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Delta Sky Club – Multiple Locations – (2) Concourse A, (1) Concourse B, (1) Concourse C, (2) Concourse D, (1) Concourse E, (1) Concourse F, (1) Concourse T. [ more lounge info ]

United Club – Location: Airside, Concourse T. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: 3rd floor of the airport atrium. [ more info ]

If sleeping at the Atlanta Airport does not appeal to you, there is a hotel at the airport and other nearby hotels with free airport shuttles:

In Transit Minute Suites – Located in Concourse B at Gate B15 and Concourse T at T9, Minute Suites provides private suites for travellers needing to relax, work, or sleep during a layover or flight delay. Each suite has a daybed with fresh pillows and sheets, DIRECTv, WIFI, sound-masking system, and special “nap audio” program. Rates are expensive: US$ 42 (1 hour) and US$ 10.50 each additional 15 minutes until 2 hours • US$ 84 (2 hours) and US$ 8.00 each additional 15 minutes thereafter • US$ 155 (Overnight). When the suites are full, they also rent air mattresses for US$ 40 with no time limit. Pillows and blankets are provided when available. Special Promotion: Save 5% when you book through this exclusive partner link. » book a room

At Airport Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway – (2 minutes from the airport) Connected to the terminal. Access via free ride on the ATL SkyTrain, which stops right in front of the hotel. » Check Rates

Near Airport Springhill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway – (3 minutes from the airport) Access via free ride on the ATL SkyTrain. » Check Rates

Near Airport Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 4:0AM – 2:00AM everyday at 20 minutes past the hour. For pick-up go to the Domestic Terminal, Ground Transportation Zone 2- Purple Zone – Slots 25-29. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Atlanta Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Atlanta Airport. Connect to the “ATL Free Wi-Fi” network.

Business Services

  • Business Center – If you require business services, head to Business Center found in F Centerpoint. Hours: 24 hours.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – The airport has opened nursing room pods for mothers to breastfeed in private. The pods include a small bench, a changing table and electrical outlets. Locations: Airside, near Gates T7, B5, D34, E Centerpoint, F5 and F arrivals. Plans for a Landside location are underway.
  • Children’s Play Area – Let your little ones burn off steam before a flight at the play area located in T6.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Blue Moon Brewhouse (E28) • Gordon Biersch (A Centerpoint, Upper Level) • Ihop Express (Atrium SW) • Lorena Garcia Tapas (F Mezzanine) • Subway (T6) • ZMarket (A26).

Information

  • Information Desk – An Information Desk is available. Location: Atrium NW. Hours: 24 hours.
  • Traveler’s Aid – This is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. Location: Atrium, near the Clock Tower. Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM (Mon – Fri).

Luggage

  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Carte) are available for a fee. Locations: Atrium NE • Atrium SW • T North Terminal • T South Terminal.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Defibrillators are available throughout the airport and you can always seek airport staff for assistance.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Charge your mobile devices at one of these locations:
    • Fuel Rod Chargers (reusable, portable charging systems) are available. Locations: Airside, Gates A16, C36, E27, E Centerpoint, F10 and F Ticketing.
    • Delta offers seat chargers. Locations: A10, B Centerpoint, C40, D28, E Centerpoint and F6.
    • Verizon Charging Stations. Locations: A11, A19, C10, D12, D21 and E15.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex offers foreign currency services at these locations: Atrium • Concourse A Centerpoint • Concourse B near Gate B16 • Concourse D Centerpoint • Centerpoint E at Customs, near Gate E12, near Gate E26 and Centerpoint • Concourse F near Gate F6, Arrivals Area in Baggage Claim Mezzanine and on Train/Customs Level • Concourse T near Gate T7. Hours vary, the F Centerpoint location is open 24 hours.

Prayer

  • Chapel – There are interfaith chapels located at the airport. Locations: Atrium NW, F Mezzanine, E Centerpoint. Hours: 24 hours.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free Americas offers duty free shopping in 2 locations (E Centerpoint and F 10).

Showers & Spa

  • Showers – Showers are available in the Club at ATL. (see Airport Lounges above)
  • Spa – XpresSpa offers spa services. Locations: A Centerpoint • C 34. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM.

Smoking

  • Smoking – There are designated smoking areas in these locations: T Gates near 4 and 13 • Concourse A near Gate A3 • Concourse B near Gates B7 and B24 • Concourse C, near Gate C16 and C26 • Concourse E near Gates E9, E17 and E29 • F Mezzanine in food court.

Things to do & see

  • Airport Art Program –  The airport offers rotating exhibits of paintings, photographs and scultures in addition to the permanant art on display. For its music series, musicians perform concerts in the Atrium.

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.

As of November 2018, Atlanta airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air France • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Boutique Airlines • British Airways • Delta • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue Airways • KLM • Korean Air • Lufthansa • Qatar Airways • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Turkish Airlines • United Airline • Virgin Atlantic.

To travel from Atlanta airport to the Amtrak station, public transportation is available. From the airport you would need to take 2 buses ( Red Bus Northbound and the 110 Bus) and then a short walk is involved. Total travel time by bus should be approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a taxi. Drive time, depending on traffic, should be about 30 minutes.

MARTA bus 191 is currently the only local bus route serving the airport, making stops on the way to and from Clayton County Justice Center. Hours of service are from 5:00AM – 1:00AM on weekdays (service stops at 12:30AM on weekends and holidays). For schedules, bus stop locations and fares, go to the MARTA website.

Greyhound Flightlink offers an easy transfer between flight and regional bus service. Located on the lower level of the north end of the International Terminal, Greyhound Flightlink bus station is served by Greyhound buses traveling as far north as Richmond (Virginia) and as far south as Miami.

Onsite car rental pickups and returns are handled at the Rental Car Center, a separate facility located on airport property. The Rental Car Center is just minutes away from the terminals via ATL SkyTrain, and also accessible via service road for those traveling to the location by vehicle. The following agencies serve the Rental Car Center: Advantage, Airport Rent A Car, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt and Thrifty.

Many area hotels provide free airport shuttle service as a courtesy to their guests. These shuttles stop outside on the Purple Aisle at the Ground Transportation area west curb, located between the Domestic Terminal’s north and south sides. Passengers coming from the International Terminal can access the Ground Transportation area via free airport complex shuttle bus. Many hotels can be contacted by using the courtesy phones located in the baggage claim area and at the Ground Transportation area.

The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta Airport North (Shuttle Hours: 4:30AM – 11:00AM, every 30 minutes)  •   Drury Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours)   •  Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North (Shuttles Hours: 4:05AM – unknown)   •   Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport – North (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours)  •   Holiday Inn Atlanta-Airport – South   •   Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Airport North (Shuttle Hours: 4:30AM – unknown)  •    Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport – South   •   Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel   •  Sleep Inn Airport.

The International Shuttle Connector provides direct service between the International Terminal and the Domestic Terminal’s Ground Transportation Center or the Rental Car Center. Total trip time to either destination is 15 minutes. This free service runs 24 hours a day.

The airport offers several companies providing door-to-door shared ride service between the airport and local destinations, regional destinations and out-of-state service as well. At the time of this November 2018 update, an estimated fare downtown will cost $16.50.

Taxis are located in the Yellow Bus aisle. Taxis are metered, but offer a special flat rate for rides between the airport and the central business district. At the time of this November 2018 update, the flat rate fare for a ride between the airport and Downtown is $30. In addition, there is a flag drop fee of $1.50 and a $2 charge per additional rider.

Passengers can travel between the airport and the city using the MARTA rapid transit commuter rail system. Airport Station, the terminus for both Red and Gold MARTA lines, is located at the end of the Domestic Terminal. For schedules, routes and fare information, go to the MARTA website.

Last updated: 2018-11-14

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.