Having spent two of the past 3 weeks in Atlanta for business, I can't honestly say there's much there to walk around and see.
Timewise it's "doable", I suppose, with a fairly quick subway ride from the airport to downtown. But unless there's something you really "need" to see, I wouldn't to it.
It could take you 90 minutes to do baggage claim, customs and immigration. Then another 30-45 minutes to figure out the train station and get downtown.
So you might have an hour in town before you have to get back on the train and get back to the airport and go through security again. I'd recommend a day pass to Delta's Crown Room instead. You're likely to find it much more relaxing.
You can take the MARTA into the city but personally I wouldn't bother. Bearing in mind you've got to clear immigration and customs at ATL, take the train into the city, then go back to the airport and reclear security you won't have much time to see anything.
You'll do best just to buy a one visit pass to the Crown Room Club for $25 if you don't have access already.
Your luggage will be through checked to Orlando so you don't need to worry about that, except claiming it and passing through customs. Just toss it on the transit belt. Not sure about carry on bags.
A six hour layover will probably not be enough time to explore downtown Atlanta. Once you land, it can be up to an hour to get through international customs - sometimes more depending on how many other internation flights land at same time. Then you'd have to pick up your luggage (you can drop this off at connections straight away for your next flight). You would then have to make your way to the MARTA stop at ATL, where trains are pretty regular to downtown - I believe they are every 10-15 minutes. Journey time is around 20 minutes there and 20 mins back. Once back at airport you would then have to go through security again, which can be another hour. So, would leave you about two hours in downtown.
There are plenty of restaurants or bars in ATL for you to while away your time.
Also, if you are on flight DL11 arriving at 2.45p.m and your flight to Orlando is at either 8.00p.m (DL92) or 9.25p.m (DL1637) you could always try and get on one of the earlier flights to Orlando, at 3.30p.m; 4.30p.m or 6.00p.m; just inquire at the Delta information desk.
To answer the second part, there is no carry-on storage at ATL that I am aware of since the lockers went away.
Loonbeam is correct in that there are no longer any private storage lockers at ATL (or any US airport really). However, there is luggage storage at "Wrap-a-Bag" in the North and South terminals at ATL. Go to the ATL website,(http://www.atlanta-airport.com/) and click on "customer service". On that page, look on the left and click on "Lockers and Storage". It will tell you how it works. Rates can be found by clicking on the "wrap a bag" webpage.
That having been said-- I was born and raised in Atlanta and it's a great place for a two or three day visit-- Stone Mountain, Cyclorama, Grant Park, Underground Atlanta, Coca-Cola Museum, early post-bellum homes etc--but there is very little to see walking around two hours downtown that you wouldn't see walking around any large and impersonal city. Check out the terminals and see which have the best barbeque instead.
Many thanks to everyone for the replies.
Having read that I have decided to stay put at ATL and find a nice restaurant to chill out.
We love the Atlanta airport and often plan our flights so we have a longer layover. Our favorite restaurant is Pascal's. There is a cafeteria style restaurant in the A Concourse and a sit-down restaurant in B, I think. Ask someone, everyone who works in the airport knows these restaurants. They feature good home-style true southern cooking. Try the fried chicken and collard greens.
Then, you can walk around. There are all kinds of interesting shops. In fact, until just last month I stocked up on my bare minerals make-up when we were in Atlanta and I could go directly to the store in the airport and replenish my supply. We now have a similar store here in our town.
We live about 5 hours from Atlanta and visit often. It is a great city, but I cannot really think of what you would do if you just took the MARTA downtown. I would have lots more fun hanging out in the airport.
If you like classic junk food, take the MARTA subway to the Varsity. It's a landmark hot dog place in downtown and 25 min train from the airport.
Absolutely! You have not "been" to Atlanta unless you have had a hot dog at the Varsity.
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