#RT2017 Part 5: Travel Tips

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Eating On Site
Nearby Restaurants
Playing Tourist

Hi again! One last post to cover tips on getting to the hotel. I’ve been trying to think of things that I’ve found helpful when traveling, so I hope these are helpful to you too.

ROAD ALERT: Interstate 85 Closure

As you’ve probably heard, a section of I-85 is closed indefinitely both northbound and southbound inside the city (see purple circle on map). The good news is that the problem is about 6 miles north of the downtown area (where the hotel is), and the airport is south of the city. So, for those who are only planning to travel from the airport to the hotel and back, by whatever means, you’re unlikely to run into any problems.

If you’re coming in from out of town by any route except I-85 from the north, then you should also be fine. If you’re coming down I-85 from the north, you’ll need to reroute around the closed section. To get to downtown, the easiest plan is to take the bypass, I-285 West, to I-75 South. It’s a slightly longer drive, but it’ll get you where you’re going. If you don’t need to drive downtown, you can also park at at MARTA station on the north side and take the train into downtown. (I recommend that plan anyway; MARTA info is in its own section below.)

If you have plans to visit any locations toward the northeast side of the city, check Google Maps or GPS for the best alternate routes to get you around the closure.

Hotel Information
The hotel is the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, and the address is 265 Peachtree Street NE. Phone: 404-577-1234.

If you’re flying in and traveling light, taking MARTA from the airport might be your best bet. The airport station is on the west end of the domestic terminal: from South baggage claim, turn left, and from North baggage claim, turn right. Regular fare is $2.50 one way (regardless of distance), plus a one-time $2 fee for a reusable Breeze card.

HEADS UP: If you have a BLUE Breeze card from a previous visit, it is no longer valid. You’ll need to buy a new SILVER card.

From the airport, take any train north to Peachtree Center station (eight stops). Follow the signs in the station into Peachtree Center and to the Hyatt Regency.

Airport Shuttles
The hotel does not have airport shuttle service. The airport website links to several private services. I haven’t used any of them personally, but from checking websites, I’d lean toward ATL Airport Shuttle ($16.50 one way).

Rideshare Services
Both Uber and Lyft offer service to and from the airport. Fares vary, but start at around $20.

Flat-rate fare of $30 airport to downtown ($2 each additional person) plus meter fee.

Rental Cars
Most national rental services have locations at the airport’s Rental Car Center, which is reached via SkyTrain. Be aware that downtown parking is both limited and expensive.

Parking at/near the Hotel
The Hyatt’s on-site valet parking is $35 a night. Self-parking in garages nearby runs $15–$20 (generally with no in/out privileges).

If you’re driving in, MARTA may also be a good option. Many of the stations farther out from downtown have inexpensive overnight parking, much cheaper than parking at the hotel or in most other downtown locations. On the north side, Lindbergh ($8 parking) is a particularly good option because it’s the transfer point on the north side, so you’ll never have to pay attention to which train you’re taking. MARTA’s parking information page shows which stations have overnight parking (Red line is north, Gold line is northeast).

Toll Roads
Atlanta has express toll lanes on Interstate 75 on the south side and Interstate 85 on the north side, but those are outside the airport-to-hotel route. You shouldn’t pay any toll charges on an airport trip.

2 responses to “#RT2017 Part 5: Travel Tips

  1. Your posts are fabulous! Very informative for someone who’s never been to Atlanta. I’ve bookmarked the food one just so I can look back when I get there. 🙂