Atlanta in Georgia is the home to big businesses like The Coca-Cola Company and the Cable News Network or CNN. There are world-class restaurants and clubs such as the famous Outkast, diverse music scene and variety of shopping neighbourhoods like the posh Buckhead. It offers popular attractions like the Centennial Olympic Park and the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta is the place where you will find warm southern hospitality in a metropolitan setting.
The best way to get into Atlanta is via its gateway, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (airport code: ATL).It is about seven miles or 11 kilometers away from downtown Atlanta. Since 2005, ATL has been the busiest airport in the world. Annually, it has almost 90 million passengers and nearly a million flights. Most of these are domestic flights as Atlanta serves as the main hub for air travel throughout south eastern United States of America. ATL also provides service to and accommodates international air carriers of Europe, Central America, North America, South America, Asia and Africa.
With the significant increase in passenger volume and expected busier times ahead, capital improvement projects have been and are continuously being implemented. The Hartsfield-Jackson Rental Car Center (RCC) is one of these projects that became operational in 2009. All the airport car rental agencies can now be found in one convenient location. Because of the construction of a four-lane roadway across Interstate 85, the rental car center has been linked to the airport road network. With the automated people mover called the SkyTrain, the rental car center can be accessed in about five minutes. The RCC has eliminated the need for rental agency shuttle buses in Atlanta.
If you’re arriving by plane, it is now easier to get a car hire in ATL given a wide selection of car rental agencies at the rental car center. When renting a car at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you are required to pay a 10% government tax inclusive of a 7% local sales tax plus a 10% airport tax.
One of these rental car agencies is the Thrifty Car Rental that offers affordable car rentals and providesa wide selection of units to choose from. Thrifty car rental Atlanta Airport offers cars (compact, compact 4 door, economy, economy 4 door, full size, full size 4 door, midsize, midsize 4 door, luxury, luxury 4 door, premium, premium 4 door, standard, standard 4 door), sports utility vehicles or SUVs(standard, midsize, full size, premium), vans (mini, full size, premium), convertible (standard, midsize), and midsize all-terrain vehicles. In picking cars at Thrifty Hartsfield-Jackson, consider the number of passengers, quantity of suitcases or luggage, special requirements like child car seats and those that have better gas mileage.
Also, an important thing to consider when renting a vehicle is insurance. If you hold a private auto insurance policy, check whether your visit to Atlanta is included in the coverage. Find out if all the persons who will drive the car are included in the policy. Ask if the liability includes the injured third/outside party in the accident. Most importantly, inquire if the type of rental vehicle is within the contract. When you use a major credit card to settle your car rental dues, a certain degree of insurance may be provided. It is advisable to ask the credit card company regarding the terms and extent of the insurance coverage. If you are not insured, you must necessarily consider getting additional liability insurance from Thrifty rent a car.
Practically, you will need a car to get around Atlanta as the city is so well laid-out. Atlanta has several must-see places for tourists like Gwinnett Arena, White Water Park, Stone Mountain and Six Flags over Georgia, Virginia-Highlands and many charming neighbourhoods. To reach these destinations, it is advisable torent a car from Thrifty Atlanta airport.However, traffic can be a nightmare especially during rush hours (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
When it’s time to return the car rented from Thrifty Atlanta airportto the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport RCC, you may take the Service Road. From the North Service Road, take a left to Global Gateway Connector. After 0.05 miles of travel on the Connector, turn left upon seeing the first traffic light. You will travel amile on the Riverdale Road. When you see the second traffic light, turn right after the interstate. Turn left to Terminal Parkway (Airport) and follow directions for rental car return. If coming from the South Service Road, you will take the same directions except that it only takes 0.02 miles of travel on the Connector.
Several routes to the RCC can be taken if you are coming from the interstate. From Southbound I-85 - take Exit 72 or Camp Creek Pkwy/Atlanta Airport Exit. Stay on the left lane to access the Airport Boulevard. Proceed to the south on Airport Boulevard. After exit through the North Terminal, and take the Airport Road. Turn right to get to Jet Road. Stay on through traffic signal and cross the RCC Bridge. Coming from I-85 going north, you take Exit 71 or the Riverdale Rd/Atlanta Airport Exit. Be at the right lane to enter Airport (Terminal Parkway). Stay on the right to merge to the South Terminal Parkway. Turn right to Crosswind Road. After the traffic light, turn right and cross the RCC Bridge.
From westbound I-285 - take Exit 61 or I-85 North Exit and follow the same directions when coming from northbound I-85. From eastbound I-285 - take Exit 61 or I-85 North Exit and follow the same directions when coming from northbound I-85. If you are coming from Riverdale Road going north - turn right to Terminal Parkway to join the South Terminal Parkway. You have to turn right to Crosswind Road. Upon seeing the traffic signal, turn right and cross the RCC Bridge.
To return the rental car to Thrifty car rental Atlanta Airport, you will cross the RCC Bridge and proceed to the Rental Car Parkway. Just travel around the loop road within the building until you reach the south parking deck. The return entrance is located at the ground level, mid-point of the south parking deck. To make it to your scheduled flight, it is best to allot ample time to turn over your car to Thrifty ATL.
Thrifty Car Rental in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportis located at the Rental Car Center Parkway. You may call (770) 996-2350 or visit its website at www.thrifty.com.