Before diving into the details of concourses of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, let’s understand what a concourse is first.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is the Difference Between an Airport Concourse and Terminal?
- 2 Concourses of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- 3 How to Get Between Concourses & Terminals at Atlanta International Airport?
- 4 How Long Does It Take to Get Between Concourses & Terminals at Atlanta International Airport?
What is the Difference Between an Airport Concourse and Terminal?
Airport concourses are generally confused with terminals.
The main reason of this confusion is because most of the airports do not use the term “concourse” because of the arrangement and the size of the airport. So we didn’t get used to hear the term.
Here is the difference between airport concourse and terminal:
A Terminal is a building in an airport where passengers purchase tickets, check-in the flights, drop or pick their luggages, go through security checks and border controls and transfer to ground ground transportation.
Concourses are the other buildings of an airport where passengers are able to access the airplanes via gates.
So typically, when you pass through the security check and head over to the gate of your flight, you leave the terminal building and enter the adjacent concourse building unconsciously.
However, the term “terminal” is generally used for everywhere between the entrance of the airport to the gate. In this scenario, “terminal” covers “concourses” which is actually not true.
Unlike Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, most of the airports don’t mention the term “concourse” but in any case their gates are located at the concourses even if they don’t say so.
Concourses of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Atlanta International Airport has 7 concourses, named as T – A – B – C – D – E – F, respectively from west to the east end of the airport.
If you are curious how many gates there are in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, all these 7 concourses have 209 gates in total distributed as below:
Concourse T: 17 gates (T1–T17)
Concourse A: 29 gates (A1–A7, A9–A12, A15–A21, A24–A34)
Concourse B: 32 gates (B1–B7, B9–B14, B16–B29, B31–B34, B36)
Concourse C: 48 gates (C1–C22, C30–53, C55, C57)
Concourse D: 43 gates (D1, D1A, D2–D8, D8A, D9–D11, D11A, D12–D16, D21–D42, D44, D46)
Concourse E: 28 gates (E1–E12, E14–E18, E26–E36)
Concourse F: 12 gates (F1–F10, F12, F14)
How to Get Between Concourses & Terminals at Atlanta International Airport?
Once you check-in and pass through the security check from either terminal, you can get to any concourse or even to the other terminal conveniently.
Since you are able to get between terminals after check-in, you have to check-in first at the terminal depending on your flight, either domestic or international. You can not check-in at the Domestic Terminal for your international flight and vice versa.
The connection between terminals and concourses is via a pedestrian tunnel called Transportation Mall.
You can walk all along the Transportation Mall between the terminals by passing through all the concourses. Alternatively, and much effortlessly, the Transportation Mall includes moving walkways as well as The Plane Train, an automated people mover.
The Plane Train has stations all along the Transportation Mall at;
- Domestic Baggage Claim Area
- Domestic Terminal (serving also Concourse T)
- Concourses A, B, C, D, E, F (Concourse F is connected to Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal)
How Long Does It Take to Get Between Concourses & Terminals at Atlanta International Airport?
The duration needed to reach to a destination point within the Transportation Mall passenger tunnel totally depends on where you start from and the method you use to reach there.
You had better have a great cardio workout background if you consider walking between distant concourses. Because the walking distance between the beginning of the Domestic Terminal to the gates of International Terminal is 10,600 feet, which is 2 miles!
Although it depends on your speed based on your physical conditions, it would take around 40 minutes for a regular person walking speed (20 minutes per mile).
Of course this distance (and so the required time period) is for the extreme condition. Normally no one needs to get from one terminal to the other. So it takes around 5-7 minutes between adjacent concourses (i.e. from Concourse B to C) by walking.
There are 2 major advantages for getting to your gate by foot. You will not only be able to stretch your legs before (maybe between) your flights, you will also enjoy the incredible sculptures if you prefer walking between concourses!
By Moving Walkways
If you take moving walkways in the ATL Transportation Mall passenger tunnel, obviously you can reach your gate in shorter time with less effort.
You can also take advantage of looking the amazing sculptures while passing next to them. But unfortunately you will not able to look them thoroughly unless you walk back to the sculpture after the moving walkway is ended.
You can save half of the time required for walking between concourses if you walk on the moving walkways. That means it takes around 2-4 minutes between adjacent concourses (i.e. from Concourse A to B) by keep walking on moving walkways.
If you prefer stand still on the moving walkways then probably it will almost take same amount of time comparing to go on foot.
By The Plane Train
The Plane Train, an automated people mover, is the fastest and the most convenient way to transfer between concourses and terminals.
And, of course, it is free.
Although you miss the opportunity to see the gorgeous sculptures along the walkway, you will gain time to reach right to the concourse of your flight’s gate.
It takes around 1 minute between each concourse via The Plane Train which runs every a couple of minutes