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The Douglas County Commute: Top 4 Tips to Get to the ATL Airport

Calling all Atlanta airport employees in Douglas County! 

If you’re looking for the quickest and most efficient ways to get from your front door to Gate B18 (ok, anywhere at the airport really), we have some tips that will make your trip to work easier.

Do you ever find yourself feeling stressed and frustrated when trying to make it to the airport in Atlanta on time? Do traffic jams, road construction, or lack of parking leave you tearing your hair out? 

Don’t worry–we’ve got your back. 

Commuting from Douglas County to the Atlanta airport can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With proper planning and a few helpful commute tips, navigating the drive can be stress-free and more predictable. 

From our years of experience working at the Atlanta airport, we have summarized the 4 best ways to reduce those headaches and get you where you need to be with plenty of time.

1. Meet at a Park and Ride Lot and Share a Ride

Douglas County has two official park and ride lots, plus the Douglas County Multimodal Transportation Center

At all of these locations, you can park your car and then share a ride to work with another person that works at the airport. This is a great way to share the cost and stress of getting to work. 

The map below shows the three park and ride locations in Douglas County.

Map of Connect Douglas County Park and Rides

Where can I find someone near me that also works at the airport?

This is where Aero can help, in partnership with our friends at Georgia Commute Options. 

The Georgia Commute Options website allows you to quickly find others willing to share rides and costs. You can also earn money and rewards for the trips you already take to and from work.

Over 1,500 airport employees are already using this system!

To get started, create an account with Georgia Commute Options.

Or, you can access the same system with the GA Commute App, which is free and easy to use. 


When you use these tools, you can also earn tons of Aero Insider Rewards. Check out this guide to Aero Insider Rewards to see everything you can get.

2. Take the Bus

If you’re looking to use Douglas County bus routes, it’s important to understand that the Connect Douglas transit system is primarily designed for local travel within the county. While these Douglas County bus routes can certainly be useful for getting around town, it may not be the best option if you need to travel to other parts of the region. 

Fortunately, there are ways to connect to other transit systems in Atlanta and beyond. One of the best places to start is by using The ATL’s trip planner. This tool will show you all of the available bus or train options to get from Douglas County to the Atlanta airport. 

It’s worth noting that the Douglas County bus routes are not currently available on Google Maps, so using the trip planner is essential if you want to make sure you’re getting accurate information about available transit connections. 

The map below shows the Connect Douglas County bus routes and the nearest MARTA train stop (which is the Hamilton E Holmes Station.)

Map of Connect Douglas County Bus Routes

The regional Xpress bus network is another option for those commuting from Douglas County. However, it’s important to note that the Xpress bus only operates within the morning and evening rush hours (it does not run all day).

You can catch the Xpress Route 463 from either the Douglas County Multimodal Transit Center or West Douglas Park and Ride and take it to the MARTA Peachtree Center Station downtown.

From there, you can take the MARTA train to the airport.

3. Vanpool

Vanpooling is a form of ridesharing where a group of six or more people commute together in a van to work.

This form of transportation also provides numerous benefits for individuals, such as reduced wear and tear on personal vehicles and the sense of community created by traveling with others. 

Additionally, vanpooling can offer a flexible and comfortable alternative to public transportation, especially for those who live in areas with poor transit connections. Overall, vanpooling is an excellent solution for commuters looking for a more sustainable and affordable way to travel to work.

Not sure where to find a vanpool? Similar to searching for someone to share a ride with, you can find current vanpool routes using the Georgia Commute Options website or the GA Commute App. If you have any questions about vanpools, contact Aero for more information.

4. Drive and Park

Solo driving and parking is familiar to many Atlanta airport employees, but it comes with a few drawbacks.

We all know that driving can be costly and stressful–while adding wear and tear to your vehicle.

And of course, parking at the airport can be… a challenge. 

If your employer doesn’t provide a place for you to park, check out Aero’s Insider Guide to Employee Parking to find the cheapest and most convenient options available to you.

Related content: How to Get $150 Just for Sharing Your Ride to Work

Never Worry About Your Airport Commute Again with Aero

At Aero, we know that you want to be relaxed and confident when you’re getting to the airport for work. In order to do that, you need a reliable and affordable way to get to work.

The problem is the trip to the airport is a pain in the %#$…it’s expensive, slow, and uncertain, which makes you feel stressed.

We believe all Atlanta residents should be able to access the great jobs at the airport. 

We know how hard it is to navigate all the airport chaos, which is why we created a simple 5-step plan to help people find the best way to get to work. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Get your 5-step plan.
  2. Review the steps, which come to you as text or email messages (you pick which one)… one per day for five days.
  3. Celebrate knowing every trip to work is relaxing and rewarding. 

So, get your 5-step plan today so you can stop wasting money and worrying about getting to work on time and instead arrive at work every day with that confident smile that shows the world you are crushing your trip to work.

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