Wow. First time flyer but it went smooth. I've heard about airports before and the grand scope of them and all the moving pieces were very interesting. The design and flow of the building is for maximum efficiency and it works. With the amount of moving pieces there will be some bottlenecks occurrences. Really have to do some homework before you step foot into one of these places. Everything revolves around time. So save 2-4 hours before your plane takes off. If it's possible, have your tickets booked, know your bag limits, fly out super early and patience is a virtue. Good luck
I recently had a layover in Atlanta while traveling from Alaska and spent some time exploring the area around the terminals. I like the layout of the airport while plenty of restrooms and drinking fountains near many of the gates so you don't have to travel too far. Indoor shuttles are available for those that need them as well as the regular selection of food options and gift/novelty shops. Moving from gate to gate was made simple by the easy to follow maps and signs posted in multiple places. Often times long flights will have a connecting flight stop in Atlanta so most likely I will be back at this airport in the future. I would recommend this airport to anyone.
Upon arrival the atmosphere was clean and smelling nice. My room was very comfortable and clean, breakfast was provided every morning, and the staff was always helpful with towels and cleaning my room during my stay. I had a standing shower with glass doors, but unfortunately there is no closet just a closet area. I read the other reviews and was super nervous when I got there, but I was pleasantly surprised and excited to know my stay wouldn’t be a nightmare. My experience was great. There is construction around but it didn’t affect my stay. Valet was cool too.
This is by far my favorite airport (ok I'm biased). Sometimes security can be backed up but what can you expect from the busiest airport in the world. In general I find this airport to be very efficient. Since it's Delta's main hub, you can get almost anywhere in the US nonstop. There are also tons of dining options while you wait. And don't forget to check out the art exhibits between concourses.
I love airplanes I love airports I love flying.
Beautiful massive airport with plenty of things to occupy your time If you are fortunate enough to get in at a time where it is not slammed.
It's nice to have some actual restaurant options and not just a bunch of fast food.
I recommend paying close attention to all the signs to be sure you know where you are going because you can easily lose your way if it's your first time. And by any and all means necessary avoid at all costs trying to get a rental car. Find another way!
Best airport I've experienced, and not just saying that because I'm from Georgia. ;-) I've traveled through most of the major US airports and it's crazy that Atlanta is the busiest one in the nation but still the best. Here's why. The terminal & tram system. Pick ups and drop offs in Atlanta are at one main location. And that's also where ticketing and baggage claims are for all airlines - you have a North and South option and that's it. Very simple. Then to get to your terminal where your flight is, you simply hop on the subway train and it takes you to your terminal. Each terminal is long and spread out with lots of large bathrooms and food options as well as large vending machine rooms on either end. Everything thing you need is available to you, and even better you can take that train to any terminal (even other than the one you're flying out of) if there's something you want to eat that's at another terminal. Other airports tend to have too small overcrowded restrooms and you're often limited to only eat what's in your terminal. Rental car access is also easy via a sky tram. Just overall a well laid out and ran airport.
Place is huge and very much difficult to navigate if you are there only once or twice. Staff are kind and worthy off your tips. I had my older uncle with me who needed a wheel chair and they airport made sure he was just fine also pushed him where we needed and even offered to put some of my luggage underneath the chair then waited with us until our driver arrived.
I’m probably jinxing myself now but I’ve never encountered an issue in the ATL airport especially for how busy the airport is (busiest in the US?) - the only thing I always consider is whether I have enough time between flights to connect because sometimes you do have to take the train to another concourse which can take 5-15 minutes so make sure to give yourself at least hour or more between flights. Lots of cool architecture, art, shopping, and eats.
Southwest got us there on time and safely!!! So Pre-TSA was backed up like they only had 2 people working or something. We were at the airport 2 hrs early and was shocked about long lines. We were worried that we would miss our flight. I got to praying and thankfully we made it through! Our flight was a little delayed and so grateful for the small delay! We made it and enjoyed our time with Family!!