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Driving Directions to Athens

FROM ATLANTA: (61 miles from city, 80 miles from airport)

 

I-85 North to GA 316 (shorter mileage but often longer driving time due to traffic)

  • Take I-85 North from Atlanta to GA 316 (Exit #106).
  • Follow 316 East for approximately 40 miles to the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10).
  • Bear right on Loop 10, traveling east.
  • After approximately 6 miles, take Exit #8 (Lexington Rd./Oconee St.).
  • Turn Left. Oconee St. becomes Broad St. and goes directly into downtown Athens.
I-85 North to GA 129 (longer mileage but typically shorter drive time, less traffic)
  • Take I-85 North from Atlanta to GA 129 South (Exit #137).
  • GA 129 becomes Jefferson Hwy., then Prince Ave. and leads directly into downtown Athens.

 

Alternate routes to Athens from Atlanta include:

 

    State Route 78 East

    • Take GA 78 East. Exit right onto GA 316 and proceed on GA 316 to the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10).
    • Bear right on Loop 10, traveling east.
    • After approximately 6 miles, take Exit #8 (Lexington Rd./Oconee St.).
    • Turn Left. Oconee St. becomes Broad St. and goes directly into downtown Athens.

    I-20 East

    • Take I-20 East to Conyers.
    • Exit onto GA 138 East (Exit #82).
    • Then take GA 78 East.
    • Exit right onto GA 316 and proceed on GA 316 to the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10).
    • Bear right on Loop 10, traveling east.
    • After approximately 6 miles, take Exit #8 (Lexington Rd./Oconee St.).
    • Turn Left. Oconee St. becomes Broad St. and goes directly into downtown Athens.

     

    FROM THE NORTH:

    • Take I-85 South to US 441 South (Exit #149) for approximately 20 miles.
    • Go under the Athens perimeter
    • Road becomes MLK Jr. Boulevard.
    • Turn Right onto North Avenue.
    • Follow North Avenue into downtown Athens.

     

    FROM THE SOUTH:

    • Take US 129/441 North.
    • Follow signs for US 441 into Athens.