Getting To Athens, Georgia

Intercity Buses: Southeastern Stages • 4020 Atlanta Hwy. • 706-549-2255 • | Megabus • Multimodal Center, 775 E. Broad St. (Sunday: East Campus Parking Deck, River Road) •  

Airport Shuttle: Groome Transportation runs the shuttle to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta—the world’s busiest. • 3190 Atlanta Hwy., Ste. 22 • 800-896-9928 •

Rail: Amtrak’s Crescent stops in Gainesville (GNS) on its run between New Orleans and New York City. • 116 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville • 800-872-7245 •

Getting Around Athens, Georgia

Walk: Downtown is compact, and the UGA campus is right across the street. Many in town neighborhoods are an easy walk to town and to each other. Sidewalks go almost everywhere, and the Greenway stretches along the North Oconee River. • 706-613-3801 

Drive: Downtown metered parking is $1.25 an hour Monday–Saturday 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sundays are free.) Two-hour time limit from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Most meters accept cards and coins. Parking decks cost $1 per hour after the first half hour, with no time limit. • | Most surface lots downtown are operated at night by National Parking, which charges $5 and will tow you if you "forget" to pay. • | On campus, a good rule of thumb is to park in a parking deck. Most surface lots are permit-only. • 706-542-PARK •

Taxis: Cabs in Athens are not what you’d expect in a city this size. The taxis are large vans, and you have to share them with other passengers. If you’re downtown late and need to take a cab, you can probably hail one in front of the UGA Arch. Be sure it’s legit, though. Make sure it has a permit and fares posted and a special license plate. Good luck!

Ride-Sharing: Uber and Lyft both operate in Athens, although Uber seems to have more drivers. Fares vary based on demand.

Bus: Athens Transit buses leave in all directions from the Multimodal Center on East Broad Street, down the hill from downtown. Fares are $1.75 for adults; UGA students, faculty and staff, and kids under 18, ride free. • 706-613-3430 • | Everybody rides free on Campus Transit. Buses mostly run through campus, but there are routes along Milledge Avenue and Prince Avenue, too. They won't stop automatically, but you can flag one down from any Athens Transit stop. • 706-369-6220 •