3 Things to Know About the Atlanta SkyTrain

 Atlanta SkyTrain Map

The Atlanta SkyTrain is one of three train options at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (along with MARTA and the plane train that travels between the domestic terminals). The service connects passengers to a rental car hub, three hotels and the Georgia International Convention Center. And one of the best features? It’s free to ride.

Located at the end of baggage claim next to the Airport MARTA station (exit the doors marked “Ground Transportation”), the SkyTrain is a great transit option. Here are three useful things to know:

1. SkyTrain Hours

The elevated train travels in a loop 24 hours a day, and quite frequently. Trains arrive every three minutes during peak daytime hours and no more than every 10 minutes at night.

2. SkyTrain Stops

There are only three stations: Airport, Gateway Center and the Rental Car Center.

The Rental Car Center is the most popular stop, with a rail commute time of about five minutes from the domestic terminal. It’s one of the easiest places to rent a car near MARTA. Even if you aren’t an arriving airport passenger, you can still use the SkyTrain to reach the rental car center.

Otherwise, use the Gateway Center stop to reach the Georgia International Convention Center and hotels.

3. SkyTrain Hotels – Great When You Get Stuck at the Airport Overnight

If you’re looking for a hotel near the Atlanta airport, the three hotels near the Gateway Center stop are the only ones you can easily reach on transit. All other airport hotels require a shuttle or car ride. Choose from Marriott Gateway HotelRenaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel and SpringHill Suites Gateway Hotel. As a bonus, you can travel to and from the airport to these hotels at any time of day. So hands down, if your late-night flight gets cancelled or you otherwise get stuck at the airport, these three hotels are your best bet.

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