Transportation for Local and Out-of-Town Patients

Patients and their families flying in from out of town will arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is the world’s busiest airport.

Get information about using the airport

If you don’t have a car when you’re in Atlanta, it’s easy to get around on MARTA, the regional bus and rail transportation system serving Fulton and DeKalb counties, where all three of our hospitals and many of our neighborhood facilities are located.

Find out about MARTA

Preparing for an Overnight Stay

We know that surgery and other medical procedures and treatments can be stressful for parents, children and teens. So the more prepared you are for the care you‘ll be receiving here, the more relaxed your family will be.

What we provide

We have many of the basic necessities your child needs for an overnight stay, including diapers, hospital gowns and slipper socks, but we recommend that you bring your own toiletries. We provide breast pumps for breastfeeding mothers, but you can bring your own if you prefer. We also provide age-appropriate toys and video games.

What to bring

There are certain items that you should bring from home:

  • Medicine: Bring your child’s medicine in the prescription bottle. This tells us the exact dose your child is taking at home.
  • Comfort items: Children enjoy having their favorite clothing and other possessions from home, such as pacifiers, favorite blankets, soothing music, special toys or books.

For parents

If your child stays overnight, we encourage and recommend you to stay as your child will feel more secure with a parent or family member close by. We suggest you pack a bag for yourself with a pillow, pajamas or any other personal items. Each of our private hospital rooms include:

  • Hide-a-bed sofa
  • Full bathroom (Families in the Intensive Care Unit may use bathrooms and showers on the second floor. Please ask a staff member for assistance with shower locations and towels)
  • Television
  • Telephone

There’s enough space for one adult to sleep in each room, so other family members should plan to stay in a hotel if you are traveling from outside metro Atlanta.

Meals and conveniences

You can eat in our cafeteria or order meals for delivery to your child’s room. You may also bring food and snacks from home. Every floor of the hospital has a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.

Each of our hospitals provides amenities to help you and your child feel at home that include a parent business center, family library and chapel.

Learn more about services and amenities at our hospitals

Temporary Housing for Patient Families

Patients from all over the country come to Children’s to receive our care, and many families travel great distances to be here with them. To meet the needs of those families, we offer three transitional or temporary housing options that have been carefully chosen for safety, cleanliness, amenities and how close they are to each Children’s location. These are:

  • Mason Guest House (for solid organ transplant patient families near Egleston)
  • Ronald McDonald House (near Egleston) 
  • Ronald McDonald House (near Scottish Rite)

The costs of these housing options have been negotiated at a significant discount. Some, like the two Ronald McDonald Houses, are offered at little or no cost. Your child’s social worker and healthcare team will help you with the screening and selection process. Each of these houses is a lovely home-away-from-home.

Eligibility for housing

We provide transitional housing on the basis of:

  • Length of stay required
  • Access to personal transportation
  • Specific patient needs or limitations
  • Size of the family
  • Room availability

Your social worker can help you identify alternate housing.

Family Services and Amenities

Families can take advantage of a wide variety of services and amenities at all of our hospitals to meet their needs.

Learn more about services and amenities