Here are some options to make getting around Atlanta just a bit easier!
Did you know that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has been named the world’s busiest airport every year in a row since 1998? It accommodates more than 260,000 passengers daily (that’s almost 100 million passengers per year!) and the airport itself has 207 gates. It is the largest structure owned by the City of Atlanta! 80% of U.S. consumers (that’s more than 200 million people!) are within a two hours’ flight time to Atlanta.
Many of you will venture by plane to Atlanta and pass through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and we hope to give you some suggestions on arriving to and navigating ground transportation at the 2016 NACADA conference with ease.
An option for traveling to and from the airport is SuperShuttle. You can use the code 8H7HT to save 10% on booking, but does not include gratuity.
If you’d like to travel like a local, you might want to try MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), which is the underground subway system. Peachtree Center MARTA Station is the closest station to the hotels, which would be about a block or so away. Both the Red and Yellow lines will take you from the airport to Peachtree Center. A single trip will cost $2.50, and a roundtrip will cost $5.00. If you choose, you may purchase a Breeze Card, which is a durable, long-term use card that allows you to load and reload fares to the card. If you’re planning on doing a lot of MARTA travel while in town, you may want to consider purchasing a Breeze Card rather than single-fare tickets for all travel to each of your destinations. The MARTA is a safe way of travel, but many locals choose not to take MARTA after 9 or 10 pm. MARTA stops travel at 1 am, so make sure you’ve arrived back to the hotel by then or you may be calling an Uber or taxi!
While renting a car might be on your mind, Atlanta is a very sprawling city, and if you have never been to Atlanta or are not familiar with the area, renting a car may prove to be more stressful than you think. Among such stressors include: finding parking, a trip only a few miles away ends up turning out to be a 30- to 40-minute travel experience, 71 streets in the City of Atlanta with variances of “Peachtree” in their names, and the infamous Atlanta rush hour. Atlanta morning rush hour times tend to begin about 7 am and don’t end until 10 am, and evening rush hour begins around 3:30 pm and usually lasts until 7:30 pm or so. If you plan on renting a car and driving on your own, plan for PLENTY of travel time! Information is listed on NACADA’s website if you choose to rent a car!
Around town, taking an Uber or calling a taxi may be a better bet, both for your nerves and your sanity! You can download the Uber app on your smartphone, or use the taxi information on NACADA’s website. Of course, you can always talk to the hotel’s concierge desk for local taxi numbers as well.
We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
2016 Conference Planning Committee