Philips Arena is one of the easiest destinations to get to on MARTA. It essentially has its own train station, the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN station on the blue/green rail line, just one stop west of Five Points.
If you are coming from the north or south lines, you will have to transfer at Five Points. Make sure you follow signs to the WESTBOUND platform. It is usually better to exit to the outside (not center) platform. When in doubt, just follow the signs as there are plenty that can direct you to the westbound train.
Once you get to the station, merely follow the signs again to Philips Arena. Stay to the right at the top of the escalators or if you need a ramp, go to the left to get up to street level. Plan for a good number of stairs after getting off the escalator, but at the top is an entrance to the venue. It is about a two minute walk to Philips Arena once you exit the fare gate.
You can also walk to Philips Arena from the Five Points Station. The walk is a bit longer and not recommended late at night, but if you are coming from the north or south, you can avoid transfering trains by exiting at Five Points and walking the rest of the way.
- Purchase your roundtrip fare at the start of the evening, or better yet, days in advance to avoid any lines at the fare machines.
- Head down early to eat or drink at an area restaurant to avoid some crowding on the trains for big events. The rooftop bar on top of the Glenn Hotel nearby is trendy if you don’t mind paying extra for a cocktail.
- Several hotels are in walking distance if you want to go to a show/game and stay overnight downtown afterward. See this list of hotels with walking directions for more information.
For more information, see:
Georgia Dome/Philips Arena Station Restaurants
Navigating the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena Station
Top 5 MARTA Station to Park and Ride
10 Easiest Destinations to Get to on MARTA