Atlanta was established in 1837 at the intersection of two railroad lines, and the city rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become a national center of commerce. In the decades following the Civil Rights Movement, during which the city earned a reputation as "too busy to hate" for the progressive views of its citizens and leaders, Atlanta attained international prominence. Atlanta is the primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States, via highway, railroad, and air, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world's busiest airport since 1998.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has held the title of world’s busiest airport since 2000, and for good reason. Not only is it among world airport leaders in just about every statistical category measured, but it is also within a two-hour flight for 80 percent of the U.S. population. The airport is a short 10-minute trip into downtown Atlanta. Atlanta is a Delta hub and is serviced by most other major carriers, including Virgin Atlanta and Southwest Airlines. If you're loyal to your airline, rack up some reward points flying to Atlanta. 

GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE OMNI ATLANTA HOTEL

As one of a few U.S. airports with direct rail access from the airport, getting to downtown Atlanta and other areas on MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is a breeze. Hop on MARTA just steps away from baggage claim and be quickly transported into the heart of Atlanta. If you prefer to travel on four wheels, just grab a cab and enjoy the same quick trip.

  • MARTA:  MARTA's airport station is attached to the Airport, right off baggage claim. One way fares are only $2.50, plus a one-time cost of $1.00 to purchase a breeze card (which you can reuse for future trips). Within 20 minutes, you can be downtown. 
    • Directions from the Airport if riding MARTA: Take the train north to the Five Points Station. Take the westbound train 1 stop to CNN/GWCC Station. Take the escalator or elevator up and walk through the CNN building to the hotel.
       
  • Taxi Service: Approximately $30 + per way
  • Super Shuttle: (800) 258-3826 $16.50 one way / $29 round trip 
  • Atlanta Airport Transportation Connection provides round trip airport transfers for $29 per person
  • Limo Service: Approximately $90 – $110 plus tax per person  
  • Sedan Service: Approximately $70 – $75 plus taxes and gratuities

Driving Directions to the Omni Atlanta Hotel

Atlanta is one of the most accessible cities for drivers in the Southeast, as three major intersections converge in the downtown area. Should you choose to travel to Atlanta by car, bus, or train, there are just a few things you should know.

  • Atlanta is accessible via Interstates 20, 75, 85 and Georgia 400. I-285 forms a beltway around the city.

  • Want to ride the rails? Amtrak offers service to Atlanta from New Orleans, New York and points in between.

  • Atlanta is the Southern hub for Megabus, which provides affordable bus service to major cities. For as low as $1, you can travel between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., New Orleans, New York City, Birmingham, Ala., Dallas, Nashville, Indianapolis, Ind. and many more destinations.

DIRECTIONS FROM I-75 NORTH & I-85 NORTH (TRAVELING NORTH FROM THE AIRPORT) - 12 miles

Take I-85 N (merges with I-75 N) to the International Boulevard Exit (exit 248C). At the second light at the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto Andrew Young International Boulevard. Then turn left onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Take the first right on Marietta Street. The Motor Lobby entrance is 1 block on the left side of Marietta Street.

DIRECTIONS FROM I-75 SOUTH & I-85 (DRIVING SOUTH)

Follow I-75/85 S into downtown Atlanta. Take Exit 249-C (Williams Street) and continue straight at the exit. Go to the fifth traffic light and turn right onto Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive and go 3 blocks to Marietta Street and turn right. The Hotel Motor Lobby will be on your left.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST – VIA I-20

Take I-20 West to Exit 56B (Windsor Street/Spring Street). Turn right onto Spring Street. Go approximately .5 miles to Marietta Street. Turn left onto Marietta Street and go 2 blocks to Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left into the Hotel Motor Lobby.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST – VIA I-20

Take I-20 East to Exit 56B (Windsor Street/Spring Street). Turn left onto Spring Street. Go approximately .5 miles to Marietta Street. Turn left onto Marietta Street and go 2 blocks to Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left into the Hotel Motor Lobby.

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Finding Your Way Around the Luckie Marietta District

The Omni Atlanta Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the Luckie Marietta District, putting guests just steps away from the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena and CNN Center. Also, it is only steps away from the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. Click the icon to the right for a walking map of the District.

Visitors will find today's Atlanta very walkable, with many improvements made in the last decade. Most of the in-town neighborhoods are individually easy to walk around, with dense collections of bars, restaurants, and shops. In particular, getting around within Midtown, Downtown, Decatur, Buckhead, or the areas around the North Highland Avenue corridor in East Atlanta (including Virginia-Highland, Poncey Highland, and Little Five Points) is usually quite easy; walking times rarely exceed 10–20 minutes, and buses or trains provide some relief for longer trips.

Getting Around Downtown

So getting to Atlanta was a snap. What now? Time to explore our neighborhoods and have some fun. There are many ways to navigate Atlanta, including public transportation, taxis, car services and the good old-fashioned method of driving. No matter how you choose to see the sights, there’s a quick and easy way to find the right Peachtree Street. The rumors are true... we do have a few of those!

The Atlanta Streetcar

The Atlanta Streetcar connects the Centennial Olympic Park area to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. It runs every 15 minutes on average, taking about 10 minutes to go from the Centennial Olympic Park to the King Center. The 2.7 mile loop has 12 stops and runs every 15 minutes on average. The Atlanta Streetcar provides easy access for exploring some of Atlanta’s top attractions, as well as its historic areas.

Click HERE for a detailed map and list of stops along the Streetcar's route.

 

Take MARTA. It's a Breeze!

MARTA’s trains, buses and para-transit vehicles provide about 420,000 passenger trips within the city of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties every weekday. Accessible directly from the airport, MARTA provides public transportation that is convenient, safe and clean. 

Even better, MARTA makes getting around Atlanta even more affordable. A single trip is only $2.50, plus a one-time cost of $1.00 to purchase a breeze card (which you can reuse for future trips). Check out the PDF below for more information on what to expect when riding MARTA, as well as the helpful video embedded here.