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For some visitors from other countries, transportation in a large city such as Atlanta can be complicated. In Atlanta, the primary mode of transportation is the automobile.

This means that if you do not have access to a car, you may find it difficult at times to get to different places around the city. There are some possibilities, however, for people who do not have cars or who do not want to park their cars on campus.

Transportation to and from the Atlanta Airport

Taxi Cab

A taxi cab is the most expensive option (approximately $25 to $50 though you may be able to share with someone going in the same direction).

Be careful using the term "limousine." In the Unite States, a limousine refers to a large luxurious automobile, usually chauffeur-driven. Although sometimes used to transport passengers to and from an airport, they can be quite expensive. The term "taxi" or "cab" is more common.

Shuttle Bus

A more economical alternative for travel from the airport is the Daytime Transportation, Inc. Shuttle.  Once you exit Baggage Claim, follow the arrows that point to Ground Transportation. Look for the Green Zone, Stall 11.

When you arrive at the stall, ask for Daytime Transportation. Shuttles leave for Emory at regular intervals, and reservations are required ahead of time. For more information and to make reservations, call (770) 939-2337, (678) 406-9630, or visit their website. You may ask the shuttle driver to drop you off at any Emory location.

Information on other shuttle services and ground transportation options are available on the Atlanta Airport website


An even more economical, though slightly more difficult and time-consuming option, is the public transportation system, MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). Two train lines (one going North-South, the other going East-West) connect with a network of buses that reach most of the major areas of the city. Schedule information is available on the their website. It may be possible for you to get a regular pass at a discounted rate. You can find out more about the discounted passes at the Emory University Parking Office after you arrive on campus. 

The MARTA website includes detailed information about travel to and from the airport. If you need additional assistance at the airport, attendants are on duty at the information windows.


Daily Commute to Emory:

Emory Shuttles (Cliff)

Emory shuttle buses are free and can be very helpful in getting around campus. They also provide transportation to local malls, shopping centers, and some businesses. Depending on where you live, it is possible that you will be close to a shuttle stop.

Emory has instituted Park-n-Ride shuttle buses which operate during the week. These shuttles travel from local malls to Emory's main campus from approximately 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can walk or drive to the local malls, and take the shuttles free of charge. All shuttle buses are accessible to people with mobility impairments.

View the schedules/routes for these buses on the Emory Transportation website or call 404-727-7275.


To "carpool" means to drive to work or school with several other people going to the same place. People who carpool may use one person's car, or take turns using different individuals' cars. In either case, the members of the carpool share the costs of gasoline and parking fees. Even if you do not have a car yourself, you may be able to ride to school with other students or scholars at Emory.

You can do this informally on your own or through an Emory-sponsored program. If you have a friend or colleague with a car, you can purchase a parking pass together, split the cost, and drive together to school. If you do not know anyone who has a car, you can participate in a rider matching program, which will find a person in your neighborhood who wants to carpool. 

A "vanpool" is a similar program, but includes more people.  Typically, seven to fifteen employees commute in a leased van.  Emory offers both carpool and vanpool programs, which include ride matching assistance.  Visit the links for more information.

Driving in Atlanta

Many students and scholars prefer to lease or purchase a car, giving them more freedom and flexibility to come and go as they wish. Automobile insurance, vehicle registration and a driver's license are required. Parking at Emory requires a parking pass. Contact theEmory Parking Office at 404-727-PARK or email for more information.


If you are close enough to the Emory campus, you can also commute back and forth by bicycle. There is increased interest at Emory to promote the use of bicycles and bicycle safety.  For more information, see the Bike Emory site. 

*Thank you to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for this information