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With a towering skyline and lush green parks, Atlanta, Georgia is a city with many big attractions. A zoo, an aquarium and numerous museums are all vying for attention. Get a behind the scenes tour of the CNN news studios, or go to the College Football Hall of Fame, which explores the history of the cult sport and its role in the country. Get a rental car in Atlanta to fully explore this sprawling city. Head to the trendy neighbourhood of Inman Park, or the well-heeled Virginia Highlands, before leaving the city for a drive around the beautiful countryside that surrounds it.
The North Georgia mountains are less than two hours north and boast hiking trails, nature reserves and the Wolf mountain vineyards. Or an hour by car is Lake Lanier, which has picturesque creeks and marinas. With car hire, Atlanta and the rest of Georgia are yours to discover.
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is nine miles from the city centre and a drive of less than 20 minutes on the I-85. The Rental Car Centre houses 13 rental car brands and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A number of Atlanta hotels will provide shuttle buses to and from the airport, or the trains leave every 20 minutes for the city centre and take about half an hour.
There are plenty of car hire companies available in Atlanta city centre and most are within a short drive of the main Downtown Connector road, which leads out to the city’s I-285 ring road. Like all big cities the roads can be fairly busy, but there are plenty of wide and well signposted interstates to help you get around.
For a hire car in Atlanta city centre there are a number of choices. Budget, Thrifty, National and Avis are among the brands with a downtown branch, and there are 13 different brands available at the airport.
For hiking and history drive 20 miles north of Atlanta (about 30 minutes by car) to the town of Marietta and the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park. This is a Civil War battleground with information trails and hiking routes. Otherwise try Macon, a city an hour and a half south of Atlanta. It has farmers’ markets and large malls catering for all shopping tastes, as well as the Ocmulgee National Monument and surrounding wetlands, which are an ancient American Indian site with a museum displaying thousands of artefacts that have been found there.
An hour and a half west of Atlanta is Athens, a vibrant university city with a number of distinct neighbourhoods. Normaltown is inhabited by hipsters and the pubs serve craft beer, while Cobbham is a great stop for foodies thanks to its wide array of restaurants. Athens is also home to the Georgia Museum of Art and the State Botanical Gardens.
Finally, why not try Columbus, one hour and 30 minutes drive down the I-85 and I-185. The Chattahoochee river flows around the western side of the city offering plenty of walking and water sports opportunities, and the RiverWalk is a 15-mile trail and park along the banks of the river with picnic spots and pretty views.
The I-85 runs through the centre of Atlanta and from here you can head out of the city in any direction. For the various central neighbourhoods head for Peachtree Street, which is a useful linking road.
To start planning your trip to Atlanta and other parts of the US use the Expedia search tool to track down bargain deals for flights, car hire and hotels, as well as researching the best attractions and activities in the area.
In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £34 in Atlanta.
On average, car rentals in Atlanta are £35.
When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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