Average flight time from London to Atlanta: 9 hours 10min
Airlines that fly direct from London to Atlanta: Delta and British Airways both provide direct flights from London to Atlanta, Georgia.
Airports in Atlanta: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
Distance from London to Atlanta: 4,221 miles
Business Class Flights to Atlanta
If you wish to fly business class from London to Atlanta, British Airways and Delta both fly direct. Delta utilises a Boeing 767, while British Airways operates a more superior Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Other airlines such as American Airlines, United, KLM and Lufthansa also fly to Atlanta but these flights aren’t direct so you’ll have a 1-stop connection on the way.
Delta’s “Delta One” Business Class product features a 1-2-1 configuration that has staggered seating layout. The seat reclines to become fully flat and you’ll be provided with “Westin Heavenly” bedding as well as a TUMI amenity kit packed with Kiehl’s skincare products. Each suite also features power outlets, USB ports and an extra-wide entertainment screen complete with noise cancelling headset.
If you choose to fly with British Airways you’ll be able to experience the airline’s Club World product, which has been given a £400 million overhaul. New features include updated bedding by luxury British retailer The White Company and an improved dining experience with display trolleys showcasing the starters and desserts. As a Business Class passenger you’ll have access to the BA Business Class lounge at Heathrow and you can also take advantage of a complimentary treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa before your flight.
Getting to and from the airport
A taxi from Altanta Hartsfield-Jackson to Downtown is likely to cost you around $30 on a flat rate structure, or you can book a shared shuttle, which would cost you around $16 per person to Downtown. Both Uber and Lyft are available too but you’ll have to make your way to the rideshare pick-up zone at the North and South economy lots, which are a short walk from baggage claim.
If you’d prefer to travel by local transport, there are buses and trains operated by MARTA – Atlanta’s local public transportation system. MARTA’s Red and Gold Lines travel directly to the Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, offering an efficient way to get to and from the airport. If you’re travelling in or out of the international terminal, there’s a free shuttle bus picking up at the Arrivals level of the international terminal and delivers outside the domestic terminal’s Baggage Claim area.
There’s also a SkyTrain, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It connects to the GICC, the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway and the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel.
Where to stay in Atlanta
Atlanta is home to many luxury accommodation choices including the Four Seasons Hotel which is situated in the heart of Atlanta’s Midtown district. This 244-room boutique style hotel boasts commanding views of the skyline and offers impressive amenities including a spa, indoor pool, and Fiftieth Floor Penthouse Ballroom. Nearby you can explore nearby Piedmont Park, an oasis of greenery in Atlanta’s Midtown. Alternatively, there is the ultra-hip W Hotel, which is close to points of interest such as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia Aquarium and Philips Arena. A highlight of this hotel is the WET rooftop pool, where you can soak up the panoramic city views with a cocktail in hand.
In uptown Atlanta you’ll find Buckhead, an area known for its trendy restaurants, luxury shopping malls and independent art galleries. If you find yourself in this part of town, the Grand Hyatt was named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Atlanta hotels. The hotel offers 439 luxurious rooms and suites with views of Stone Mountain, the Atlanta skyline or our tranquil Japanese Zen garden.
Things to do in Atlanta
A popular city for business travellers, Atlanta is the main gateway to the Deep South and boasts one of the world’s busiest airports. The city is home to several major attractions including the World of Coca-Cola, where visitors can learn about the secret formula and discover the many soda drinks that Coca Cola manufactures worldwide. The Georgia Aquarium is also one of the best aquariums in the world, offering the chance to swim with whale sharks as well as seeing many forms of marine life that inhabit our oceans. If you’re interested in learning about America’s Civil Rights movement, you won’t want to miss Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
For many people living in Atlanta, a car is the most reliable form of travelling around and if you’re a business traveller who needs to travel between meetings, a rental car is probably your best option. However if you’re visiting for leisure, you can also get to many of the attractions on foot. Taxis and ride shares such as Uber are an alternative and can be easily flagged down near many of the top tourist spots and bars, particularly in the Downtown and Midtown area.
As part of the US’s Visa Waiver Program, British citizens can travel to the US for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days. However, if you’re taking advantage of the VWP, you’ll need to register for what’s known as an “ESTA” online at least 72 hours before you depart the UK. The ESTA is valid for up to 2 years.
Atlanta enjoys warm temperatures, with temperatures regularly reach into the low thirties during summer months and still maintain highs of around 13 degrees in winter months.