Atlanta and Savannah, both of which are among the most-visited cities in the United States, are separated by only 250 miles. Travel between the cities is usually straightforward, with several options available to suit drivers, non-drivers and budget-conscious travelers. It is also easy to get to Savannah from Atlanta’s airport, with journey time by bus or car of around 4 hours.
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For most people, driving will be the easiest way to get from Atlanta to Savannah, and vice versa. The trip should take around 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes, in good traffic. Get directions
The quickest route is along the I-75 and I-16, passing through Macon. If you are looking for a mid-way stop, the Museum of Aviation (one of the largest airforce museums in the country) at Warner Robins, 20 miles/30 minutes south of Macon, is worth a detour. It is free and open daily. You can rejoin the I-16 driving eastwards from the museum.
Taking the bus to Savannah from Atlanta is a cheap and convenient option for those who don’t want to drive. The average journey time is around 4 hours and 30 minutes (although one trip takes substantially longer than the others).
The station is located downtown, and is easily accessible by public transit. The street address is 232 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. See on map
The cheapest economy fares cost $30-$40 dollars each way ($60-$80 round trip) depending on the time and day of travel, with tickets allowing priority boarding and free same-day ticket exchange to an earlier bus costing $20-$35 extra each way (total round trip price $120-$140).
Greyhound offer several daily services between Atlanta and Savannah, two or three of which, depending on the day of the week, also stop at Atlanta’s main airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International.
Car rental services are available at Atlanta’s airport. It is about a four hour drive from Atlanta airport to Savannah. See list of agencies and contact details
Greyhound offer direct services between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and downtown Savannah, with prices equivalent to those traveling from downtown Atlanta, as above.
Most days, there are three services running from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to Savannah, with a scheduled journey time of a little over 4 hours.
Note for international visitors: immigration lines at Atlanta’s airport can be very long, which should be factored into your plans for meeting a connecting bus service.
Flying is the quickest but also the most expensive way to travel between Atlanta and Savannah. Budget airline flights connecting the two cities are not currently available.
Delta provides the only direct service, with flight time of around an hour, and numerous morning, afternoon and evening flight options available daily. Expect to pay around $250-$350 round trip, per person, for the cheapest economy ticket and often substantially more for flights bought close to the time of travel.
Indirect flights with several other airlines are also available, with small cost savings possible, but substantially longer total journey times.
Savannah's airport is located 12 miles north-west of downtown, with bus, taxi and shuttle services available to complete your journey. More about connecting transport options from Savannah’s airport.
If your final destination is the Golden Isles (Brunswick/Jekyll/St Simons/Sea Island), please note that a direct service between Atlanta and Brunswick, again provided by Delta, is also available. Flight times and economy ticket prices are similar to the Atlanta-Savannah route.
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It is technically possible, but for most people not convenient, to travel between Atlanta and Savannah by train. Amtrak provides passenger services to both cities, but unfortunately no direct service is currently available.
Train travel between Savannah and Atlanta, a distance of 250 miles by road, takes at least a full day (24hrs+), with lengthy wait times between connections and a route that can go as far out of the way as Washington, DC. The cost is around $180-$280 per person, each way, depending on the route.
In practice, therefore, it is rarely sensible to make this journey by train, unless you are train-travel enthusiast or are planning to include a visit to any of the other cities along the way.