One of the first hurdles of attending any convention is simply getting there! Luckily for travelers, Atlanta is one of the most accessible cities in the world by plane, train, automobile, and bus.
For those of you planning on spending some time in Atlanta sight-seeing, we strongly encourage you to get a map of the city prior to arriving. Atlanta is well-known for its confusing layout, and its fondness for naming streets either "Peachtree" or "Piedmont." :)
Hartsfield International Airport, just fifteen minutes south of downtown Atlanta and the convention district, is a two-hour flight (or less) from 80% of the population of the United States.
This year Dragon*Con has again partnered with Delta Air Lines to offer attendees a 5% - 10% discount on eligible airfares to the convention. Reservations must be booked for travel between August 27, 2013 and September 5, 2013. Please note, some restrictions apply (discounts are not available on L,U,T fares).
In order to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit Delta Air Lines and enter meeting/event code NMFJC for domestic travel into Atlanta or NMFJG for international travel. Reservations can also be made over the phone at (800) 328-1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT, but a direct ticketing fee will apply.
- Hartsfield International Airport Official Site
- FAA's official Hartsfield site (includes major flight delays)
Find Directions using Google Maps
For those planning to drive, Atlanta is accessible by three major interstate highways: I-75, I-85, and I-20. Tip: in Georgia, it is legal to turn left on red onto a one-way road from a one-way road if the road is clear and there are no signs present decreeing otherwise. You don't get to do this often, but you'll have ample chances downtown so enjoy it!
Traffic note: Downtown traffic is most dense during the weekdays of the con, especially during rush hour, but eases up on Saturday and Sunday and the Monday holiday.
Arriving from the North
You'll come in on either I-75, from the northwest, or I-85, from the northeast. The two highways combine just north of downtown; follow signs for Downtown (basically this means go straight). While traveling southbound on 75/85, take the exit for Williams Street. If you're driving in for the day and not staying at one of our hotels, you can park at any of the parking lots on Williams St. Any of these parking lots are within a few blocks of the convention site. To get to the Hyatt and the Marriott, turn left/east, on Harris St. go a couple of blocks while getting to the extreme left. For the Hyatt Regency, turn left onto Peachtree Street and get all the way into the rightmost lane. The Hyatt will be immediately on your right. For the Marriott Marquis, continue on Harris one block and turn left on Peachtree Center Avenue. The Marriott will be immediately on your right (the Hyatt will be on your left).
Arriving from the South
When traveling northbound on 75/85, take the right-hand exit for International Boulevard. Turn left onto International Boulevard at second light and cross the freeway. If you're staying at the Baymont Suites or Wyndham, keep left; your hotels are on the left. Otherwise, you'll arrive at an intersection with Piedmont Rd. Continue across Piedmont through the next light at Courtland St. For the Marriott Marquis, turn right onto Peachtree Center Avenue. The Marriott will be in the next block on the right (Hyatt is to your left). For the Hyatt, continue one more block on International Boulevard and turn right onto Peachtree St. The Hyatt will be a block and a half down on your right.
From the East or West
While traveling in on I-20 East or West, exit downtown onto I-75/85 North ("Greenville/Chattanooga"). Stay to the right but be mindful of unwanted exit-only lanes. After going no more than a mile, exit on International Boulevard and follow the same directions as From the South, above.
Greyhound runs bus routes all throughout the United States to Atlanta. There are two Greyhound stations in Atlanta. The Atlanta Greyhound Bus Station is located at 232 Forsyth Street right next to the Garnett MARTA Station on the red/gold rail line. Take any northbound MARTA train two stops to Peachtree Center. The second station is located at the Atlanta Airport at 6000 N Terminal Dr. Take any northbound MARTA train approximately 20 minutes to Peachtree Center. Peachtree Center Station is within a block of our primary hotels. You can also take a cab from the bus station to the hotels; the distance is less than two miles.
Atlanta boasts the second-highest rated public transportation system in North America, MARTA - The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, MARTA - with rapid rail service directly from Hartsfield International Airport to the Peachtree Center Rail Station. This station, "carved from the very living rock" ninety feet below Peachtree Street in downtown, is directly connected to the Hyatt Regency and the Marriott through the Peachtree Center Mall and Food Court. The entire walk is covered and almost entirely climate-controlled.
Please see below for hours of operation:
MARTA buses operate weekdays from approximately 5am to 1am and until 12:30am weekends and holidays. Bus schedules may vary by neighborhood.
Weekdays: 6am to 7pm: 15 minutes all lines
Weekdays: 7pm to 1am: 20 minutes all lines
Weekends: 20 minutes all lines
Train Service Hours
Weekdays: 4:45am to 1am
Weekends: 6am to 1am
After 7pm, Red line travels between Lindbergh & North Springs
After 7pm, Green line travels between Bankhead & Vine City
Amtrak's Crescent runs daily from New York to Atlanta, and daily between Atlanta and New Orleans. It stops in Midtown Atlanta at 1688 Peachtree Street. This is four miles north of the downtown convention district. The Crescent offers full dining-car service as well as a lounge car (with a smoking section), sleeping-car accommodations, and a comfortable, spacious (especially compared to airline seats) coach service.
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To get to the convention after arriving at Brookwood Station, you can take MARTA (Bus) from Brookwood Station to the Arts Center MARTA Station (free transfer), and then take a Southbound MARTA train to the Peachtree Center Rail Station. Taxi service is also available. The total distance is not more than two miles.