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Athens-Clarke County is strategically located in one Georgia's most vibrant and growing places for economic development. Local governments and businesses have developed infrastructure to adequately support the needs of business industries and for our growing community. Explore our logistics and see why Athens-Clarke County is ready for future economic development.

Georgia has an unparalleled transportation network which saves your business both time and money.

Athens-Clarke County International Air AccessBy Air

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world's busiest airport and offers more scheduled flights than any other airport. Businesses can reach 80% of the U.S. market within two hours and any major North American city in just one to four hours. International flights depart daily from Atlanta to 43 cities in 32 countries, including nonstop service to the world's major business capitals. Travel time from Athens to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson is approximately one hour and forty minutes. Athens is also served by Athens-Ben Epps Regional Airport with two daily shuttle flights between Athens and Nashville International Airport through SeaPort Airlines.



Drive Time from Athens

By Road

Georgia's highway system is the Southeast’s largest, with 130,683 miles of public roads and interstates. Businesses can reach 80% of the nation's industrial and largest consumer markets in less than two truckload delivery days. Athens has access to Interstate 85, thirty minutes to the north and one hour to the west. Athens also has access to Interstate 20, one hour to the south. Motor freight carriers servicing Clarke County include six interstate and 29 inter/intrastate with three terminals. The traffic patterns and volumes in Athens-Clarke County can be accessed at the Georgia Department of Transportation.

View street maps for Athens-Clarke County and the State of Georgia.

Athens-Clarke County Rail System CSXBy Rail

Georgia's extensive 4,700-mile rail system provides direct rail service to 500 Georgia communities. The system, operated primarily by CSX and Norfolk Southern, allows shippers to reach markets throughout the eastern and central U.S., usually with an economical single-line haul. CSX provides piggyback service at Atlanta 65 miles away and local service at Athens. Norfolk Southern also provides piggyback service at Atlanta and local rail service at Athens. Atlanta is a national hub for intermodal shipping, linking Georgia's trucking and rail systems for efficient shipments throughout the nation.

View a map of the Georgia rail system

Athens-Clarke County Local Ports

By Water

Georgia's has two modern deep water ports, in Savannah and Brunswick, operated by the Georgia Ports Authority. These ports provide companies viable access to world markets. Savannah is the nation's 11th
largest container port.

View a map of the Southeast Ports




Athens-Clarke County Bus Routes and FaresBy Bus

The Athens Transit System, in Athens, Georgia, provides safe, economical and timely transportation for citizens throughout the Classic City. The ATS has over 80 bus shelters and approximately 500 bus stops throughout Athens-Clarke County. Our Multimodal Transportation Center links Athens Transit System vehlcles, University of Georgia buses, bicycles, taxis, and pedestrian facilities into a single hub.

Transit Benefit Program