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

ATL Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

What to Expect

Atlanta Airport (Code: ATL) 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.

Atlanta Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of bryan / 12Mar2014)

Sleeping in Atlanta Airport

The most comfortable places to sleep at Atlanta 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, so take pre-caution.  You should perhaps speak to security to ensure you find a safe spot.  Secure your belongings!  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.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Atlanta Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.  And if all of this just doesn’t sound like an experience you would like to have (and you don’t mind paying for comfort and privacy), Minute Suites rents sleep cabins by the hour in Concourses B and T. There is also a hotel inside the airport, and several nearby hotels that provide shuttles.   See Airport Hotels in the guide below for more information.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Atlanta Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Atlanta Airport Hotels, Sleep Pods & Day Rooms

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Atlanta Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you may not have to go through security as there is a micro hotel on the airside that offers both short-term and overnight rates.  Most nearby hotels are accessible by ATL SkyTrain or provide free airport shuttles.

In Transit Minute Suites – Located in Concourse B at Gate B16 and Concourse T at T8, 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.  » Check Rates

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

At Airport Springhill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway – Access via free ride on the ATL SkyTrain.  » Check Rates

At Airport Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel – Access via free ride on the ATL SkyTrain.  » 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.

Airport Lounges

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.

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

United Club – Location: Airside, Concourse T. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Airline Lounges

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.

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.

Related Pages: Atlanta Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging


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

Mobile Charging

You can 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 • F Ticketing.
  • Delta offers seat chargers. Locations: A10 • B Centerpoint • C40 • D28 • E Centerpoint • F6.
  • Verizon Charging Stations. Locations: A11 • A19 • C10 • D12 • D21 • E15.

Airport Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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

Business Center – If you require business services, head to Business Center found in Concourse T, 2nd Floor. Hours: 24 hours.

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

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 concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Gordon Biersch (Airside, A Centerpoint, near Gate A18) • Ihop Express (Landside, Atrium SW) • Subway (Airside, Concourse T, Gate T6) • ZMarket (Airside, Concourse A, near Gate A26).

Information Desk – Have any questions? An Information Desk is available. Location: Atrium NW. Hours: 24 hours. Additionally, there are Guest Service Representatives throughout the airport to provide assistance!


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

Mobile Charging – see “Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging” above.


  • 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, none are open 24 hours.

Prayer  – There are interfaith chapels located at the airport. Locations: Atrium, Landside, 3rd Floor • Concourse E, Airside, behind Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibit • Concourse F, Airside, International Atrium, 2nd Floor. Hours: 24 hours.

Rest & Relaxation

Showers – Showers are available in the Club at ATL. (see Airport Lounges above)

Smoking – A reader let us know that smoking areas are no longer available past the main security point. The only places you will be able to smoke now are in designated smoking areas at the front of the airport.  (January 2020)

Spa – XpresSpa offers spa services. Locations: A Centerpoint • C 34 • D 26. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM.

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).

WiFi – see “Airport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging” above.

Related Pages: Things to do on  a layover at Atlanta Airport

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to 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.


Atlanta Airport is served by the following airlines: Air CanadaAir FranceAlaska AirlinesAmerican Airlines • Boutique Airlines • British AirwaysDelta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue Airways • KLM • Korean Air • Lufthansa • Qatar Airways • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Turkish Airlines • United Airline • Virgin Atlantic.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

 Amtrak Connections

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.

Car Rentals

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 • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Many hotels near Atlanta Airport 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 Radisson, 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.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

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.

Shared Ride Shuttles

ATL 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 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 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: 2020-10-20

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.