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The capital of the southern American state of Georgia, Atlanta has a varied and colourful past. Having played key roles in both the American Civil War and the 20th century Civil Rights Movement, it is one the USA’s most important and historic cities. Today, visitors will find it packed with an intriguing mix of colonial-era architecture, excellent museums and staggering skyscrapers.
If you want to know why the Deep South was once home to the USA’s cotton plantations, look no further than its subtropical climate. Receiving plentiful rainfall and humidity in high summer, visitors tend to visit Atlanta during spring and early autumn to avoid the uncomfortably hot weather. Besides the summer heat, August also sees the arrival of students coming in their droves to study at one of the city’s universities.
To find cheap flights to Atlanta, you should avoid these peak times. A much better time to find cheaper flights is in winter, when the temperature drops but Atlanta still has plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained.
The best way to find cheap flights to Atlanta is to book as far as in advance as possible, as well as to be flexible on dates. To help you, we’ve included a ‘Show flexible dates’ option above the search results.
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As one of the USA’s most influential cities, you’ll find a range of direct and indirect flights to Atlanta from the UK.
Direct flights depart regularly from London and Manchester, but a stopover is required if your journey starts elsewhere.
While flight times vary depending on connections, and return flights are faster due to tailwinds, optimum flight times to Atlanta from the UK are:
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is officially the world’s busiest airport, serving 150 destinations across the USA and 75 international destinations in 50 different countries. It is equipped with a fantastic range of amenities and has unrivalled transport links, both to Atlanta and the wider USA.
While no budget airlines fly from the UK to Atlanta, there’s a wide range of premium airlines to choose from, including:
Since hosting the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta has been steadily expanding and gentrifying. As a result, the city now has an exhaustive and reliable metropolitan travel network, so you’ll have no trouble getting about.
The favoured transportation of locals is the MARTA rapid transit rail system and Atlanta Streetcar. However, buses, cabs and bicycles are also abundant.
Atlanta combines United States southern charm with a sensitive awareness of its historic significance, both in the American Civil War and Civil Rights Movement. Pay a visit to the Atlanta History Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to learn about the city’s past.
The area of the city that played host to the Olympics is now a popular park, perfect for putting up your feet in the summer.
Culture vultures will want to pay a visit to the High Museum of Art. Located on the famous Peachtree Street, the museum is probably the foremost art gallery in the southeast of the United States.
British passport holders flying to the United States will need prior authorisation from the federal government to travel. This will either be in the form of a permanent resident’s card, or more likely, a visa or Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). The VWP is designed specifically to support tourism. You can apply online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation(ESTA) before you leave. The ESTA allows visitors to stay in the USA for up to 90 days, visa-free.