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Flights to Atlanta

The Big Peach. Hollywood of the South. City in a Forest. The ATL­. Atlanta bears many monikers, reflective of its diverse nature; the capital of Georgia is quite possibly the most surprising city in the South. Book your flight to Atlanta from the UK and discover what this city is all about.

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  • We fly direct to Atlanta (ATL) from London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN)
  • Our flights from London are daily and 4 times a week from Manchester all year round
  • The flight time from London is around 10 hours

Discover Atlanta

Explore Atlanta restaurants, bars and vibrant nightlife and enjoy a lively and cultural city. Walk along the Atlanta Beltline and relax in Piedmont Park, Fly to Atlanta with Virgin Atlantic and find out everything this city offers. Direct flights daily from London Heathrow (LHR) and four times a week from Manchester (MAN).

Come for the history and delve into the Civil Rights Movement in Martin Luther King Jr’s home town, but stay for the culture that propels a modern Atlanta into the 21st century through hip hop, art, soul food, museums, and much more. Like the phoenix that rose from the ashes, the city has been rebuilt following the Great Fire that nearly destroyed it, so book your flights to Atlanta and experience the best of the South.

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Must do recommendations

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

Walk in the footsteps of Atlanta’s most influential resident at this park dedicated to his astonishing life.

Explore the Civil Rights Movement

Piedmont Park

When it comes to inner-city parks, the action-packed Piedmont Park is one of the best in the country.

More Atlanta must do's

Ponce City Market

From food markets to fashion boutiques, discover a modern Atlanta at this popular leisure hub.

A guide to Ponce City Market

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Something different

Atlanta BeltLine

Travel around the 22-mile ‘green belt’ trail looping the city and discover 45 fascinating neighbourhoods.

A tour of the Atlanta BeltLine

College Football Hall of Fame

For football fans, there’s nowhere more exciting than this museum, dedicated to the sport’s greatest stars.

Something different in Atlanta

Live like a local

From thrift stores loaded with vintage finds to food markets full of fresh produce, discover some of Atlanta’s local neighbourhoods. 

Going local in Atlanta

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Food and drink

Fried chicken; mac and cheese; cornbread; pecan pie…the cuisine of the South is the ultimate comfort food. From traditional eateries steeped in history, to lively joints serving hot food with a side of live entertainment, dine like a local and sample Southern favourites in Atlanta.

Food and drink in Atlanta

Road trips

Atlanta's also a great base for some mini adventures. Immerse yourself in nature and history by planning a side trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If music is more your thing, take some time out to visit Nashville, America’s home of country music.

On the road from Atlanta

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One day itineraries

Atlanta for families

Atlanta for foodies

Atlanta for shoppers

Did you know?

Did you know?

  1. Peachtree is such a popular street name in Atlanta that around 70 roads bear the same name, which makes asking for directions a little complicated.
  2. Ever wondered why Atlanta’s symbol is a phoenix? It’s because the city rose from the ashes after being burned to the ground by General Sherman and his troops in 1864.
  3. Atlanta bears the nickname ‘City in a Forest’ because 36 per cent of it is covered in trees – so breathe in deep.
  4. Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola (created by local pharmacist John S Pemberton in 1886) so, naturally, it’s the go-to drink in the city. Be warned, you may be judged for ordering another soft drink, unless it’s sweet tea, of course.
  5. You can also thank Atlanta for hip hop, which exploded here in the 1990s with artists like Lil Jon and Outkast, and labels like LaFace Records and So So Def Records. The city continues to be a dominant player on the music scene to this day.

Get inspired

Get inspired

Atlanta, with its rich history and culture, has long inspired writers and musicians, while in its new position as the ‘Hollywood of the South’, the city is attracting a fresh crowd of filmmakers seeking blockbuster backdrops. Prepare for your next trip with these books, songs and film inspired by, or featuring, Atlanta.

Weather and local info

What will the weather be like?

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Local information

Airport guide

Before you set off, take a look at our Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport guide.

Atlanta airport guide


The electricity supply is 120 volts in Atlanta. Standard British plugs will need an adapter.

Visa information

Visit our dedicated US visa page, where you'll find lots of useful information on the travel documents you'll need.

How to apply for an ESTA

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Local currency

The currency in Atlanta is the US Dollar (USD).

Local transport

Atlanta has an easy to use transport system called MARTA. It connects the airport to the city and beyond. Taxis are also widely available.

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Why you’ll love flying with Virgin Atlantic

Inflight dining

Eating and drinking on our flights is a kind of a big deal. We spend a lot of time, thought and effort creating our award winning meal service, with a painstakingly curated drinks menu to perfectly accompany it.

Whet your appetite

Inflight entertainment

Settle in to your journey with the latest movies, the hottest TV shows, a huge library of music and an amazing selection of fun games. With this much to choose from, you'll be having fun all the way to your destination.

Be entertained onboard

Flying club miles

We reward your adventures with Flying Club miles. Whether you're taking off, doing the weekly shop or splashing out on an exclusive stay, miles make it all more rewarding.

Join the club

Image credits: College Football Hall of Fame © College Football Hall of Fame, Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, King Center Mural © James Duckworth, Courtesy of ACVB -, Ponce City Market © Sarah Dorio, All other imagery © iStock