How to Get to Athens


The Athens-Ben Epps Airport (map) is the first airport in Georgia. It was named named for the state's first aviator, Ben T. Epps Sr., who opened the airport in 1917. Commercial service is provided by GeorgiaSkies, serving Athens with daily flights to and from the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.

For more information, call (706) 613-3420. 


Catch a bus from Atlanta to Athens. 

Groome Transportation runs service to Athens several times daily from the Atlanta International Airport. $34 one-way or $63 round-trip.

220 West Broad Street
Athens, GA 30601

Take a Train

The Amtrak station is located within walking distance of downtown, just beyond the Kerrytown district. You can also take bus route 1 to downtown, and there are usually taxis waiting outside the station. The Ann Arbor stop is situated on the Wolverine line, which travels between Pontiac (north of Detroit) and Chicago. There are three westbound and three eastbound departures daily. Detroit is about one hour away by train, and costs $10 - 15 one-way. The train is about 5 hours to Chicago, and usually costs between $25 and $50 one way. 

For more information call (734) 994-4906. 


From Atlanta: Take I-85 North to GA 316. Follow 316 East for approximately 40 miles to the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10). Bear right on Loop 10, traveling east. After approximately 6 miles, take Exit #8 (Lexington Rd./Oconee St.). Turn Left. Oconee St. becomes Broad St. and goes directly into downtown Athens.

From the North: Take I-85 South to US 441 South (Exit #149) for approximately 20 miles. Go under the Athens perimeter; road becomes MLK Jr. Boulevard. Turn Right onto North Avenue. Follow North Avenue into downtown Athens.

From the South: Take US 129/441 North. Follow signs for US 441 into Athens.