Bus 2

MARTA bus 2 travels between the North Avenue and Decatur stations via Ponce de Leon Avenue. See below for destinations on this route and view the route map and schedule and real-time arrivals by stop.

MARTA to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a historic mansion used for art events and classes at 980 Briarcliff Road. Choose from dance and painting to yoga, music, pottery and more for both adults and children.

The closest MARTA station is the Inman Park MARTA station on the blue/green rail line, though Callanwolde is not in walking distance. To get there on MARTA, board bus 6 at the Inman Park or Lindbergh Center MARTA station. The bus stops near the front of the building near the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Briarcliff Road. You can also board bus 2 at the North Avenue or Decatur station and exit at Ponce de Leon and Briarcliff. There is a free transfer to buses from the train.

For more information, see:
How to Ride MARTA Buses
Navigating the Inman Park Station
MARTA Trip Planning Options


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MARTA to the Plaza Theatre

The Plaza Theatre is Atlanta’s longest continuously running movie theatre at 1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue. It regularly hosts the popular Rocky Horror Picture Show along with documentaries, special screenings, classic films and popular movies.

The closest MARTA station is the Inman Park MARTA station on the blue/green line, which is a 30-minute walk away. There are also three buses that stop at the theatre:

Bus 2 departs from the North Avenue and Decatur MARTA stations and travels down Ponce de Leon Avenue. Exit at the intersection of Ponce and N. Highland Avenue.

Bus 102 departs from the North Avenue and Candler Park MARTA stations via Moreland Avenue, N. Highland and Ponce de Leon Avenue. Also exit the bus at N. Highland and Ponce.

Bus 16 departs from the Five Points MARTA station and travels along N. Highland Avenue through Morningside.

If walking, follow the signs pointing to Inman Park after exiting the train at the Inman Park station. At street level, turn right and look for the PATH sidewalk just beyond a chain-link fence. Turn left on the PATH sidewalk and follow it through several parks until you reach N. Highland Avenue (the third street intersection). Turn right on N. Highland Avenue and walk about four blocks to Ponce de Leon Avenue. Be advised, it’s a hilly walk!

For more information, see:
Movie Theaters Near MARTA
How to Ride MARTA Buses
How to Ride MARTA Trains
MARTA Trip Planning

 

MARTA to the Callanwolde Arts Festival

The Callanwolde Arts Festival is an indoor festival at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at 980 Briarcliff Road NE. The two-day event features approximately 80 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more. The festival also includes artist demonstrations, live acoustic music and gourmet food trucks. Admission is $5 and supports the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

The closest MARTA station is the Inman Park MARTA station on the blue/green rail line, though Callanwolde is not in walking distance. To get there on MARTA, board bus 6 at the Inman Park or Lindbergh Center MARTA station. The bus stops near the front of the building near the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Briarcliff Road. You can also board bus 2 at the North Avenue or Decatur station (bus 102 from Candler Park) and exit at Ponce de Leon and Briarcliff. There is a free transfer to buses from the train.

For more information, see:
How to Ride MARTA Buses
Navigating the Inman Park Station
Atlanta Festival Guide 

MARTA to the Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival

The Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival takes place in June in the Old Fourth Ward Park next to Ponce City Market. The festival includes an artist market, children’s area, live music and food vendors.  The closest MARTA station is the North Avenue MARTA station on the red/gold line.  From there, board bus 2  or 102 and exit at Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris Drive, which is next to Eats and Ponce City Market.  The park is one block south, behind Ponce City Market.  You can also connect with bus 2 at the Decatur station and 102 at Candler Park.

The other bus route that travels to the park is bus 16, which departs from the Five Points station and from Loehman’s Plaza.  See walking directions to the park from both bus stops.

From the BeltLine, exit the trail just south of the North Avenue bridge at Angier Springs Road and turn left on North Avenue.  Connect with the trail in Inman Park via the Inman Park MARTA station, in Virginia Highland just off of Park Drive or next to Piedmont Park at Monroe Drive and Virginia Avenue. Walking time from the Inman Park station is about 30 minutes.

For more information, see:
How to Ride MARTA Buses
MARTA Trip Planning
Navigating the North Avenue Station
Best of MARTA: Fun/Recreation
MARTA to the BeltLine Eastside Trail

Downtown Decatur

MARTA to Downtown Decatur

Downtown Decatur is directly above the Decatur MARTA station on the blue line. The area is full of shops, restaurants and special events throughout the year. Popular events include Forth of July fireworks, AJC Book Festival, Craft Beer Festival, Wine Festival and concert series.

Only the “Indian Creek” train travels to Decatur. If you are coming from the red or gold line, transfer at Five Points to the eastbound train platform and wait for an “Indian Creek” train.

Bus Options

Several bus routes also travel to the area, providing an alternative option, and in some cases, the bus route may be easier to get to than the rail stations.

  • Bus 2 — Departs from the North Avenue station and goes to Decatur via Ponce de Leon Avenue on alternating trips.  Great option if you live near Virginia Highland
  • Bus 15 —  Travels to downtown Decatur from South Dekalb Mall via S. Candler Road.
  • Bus 19 — Travels to downtown Decatur from the Chamblee Station via Clairmont Road
  • Bus 123 — Travels to downtown Decatur from North Dekalb Mall via Lawrenceville Highway, N. Decatur Road and Church Street

Nearby Destinations

Restaurants
The PATH
Agnes Scott
CVS Pharmacy
Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory

More Information

Navigating the Decatur Station
Top 5 Most Walkable MARTA Stations
5 Things to See and Do at the Decatur Station
5 Family-friendly Activities Near the Decatur Station

MARTA to the Little 5 Fest

The Little 5 Fest features over 80 live performing acts spread out at over 10 stages at venues in Little Five Points.

The nearest MARTA station is Inman Park MARTA Station on the blue/green rail line.  If you are coming from the north/south rail line, you will need to exit the train at the Five Points Station then follow the signs to the Eastbound platform and board a train marked “Candler Park” or “Indian Creek”.  Once at Inman Park,  keep right after exiting the fare gate to exit on the Inman Park side of the station.  At street level turn right along the parking lot to reach a sidewalk marked “The PATH”, which is just beyond a fence.  The sidewalk will take you through a residential park, past a playground and to Euclid Avenue, which is the first street you’ll reach.  Turn right and walk about 10 minutes to reach Little 5 Points.

Bus 6 also travels to Little 5 Points from the Inman Park Station and from Emory University for those students who wish to attend.  Bus 2 goes to Little 5 Points on alternating trips from the Candler Park and North Avenue stations as well.  Exit either bus at the intersection of Moreland and Euclid Avenue ( Zesto’s is on the corner).

Helpful Tips

  • Bus 2 travels down Ponce as well, so if you are commuting from Poncey Highland or Virginia Highland, it is a good route to take.  Just check schedules ahead of time and be sure to get on the bus with the Candler Park Station as the end destination.
  • If bus 6 is at Inman Park when you arrive from the train, you can transfer for free.  Just tap your Breeze Card.
  • There are plenty of places to eat in the area.  Vortex is known for burgers, The Porter a beer-lovers gastropub or try some food-truck style food at O.M.G. Taco.

For more information, see:
Navigating the Inman Park Station
Inman Park MARTA Station Restaurants
Inman Park MARTA Station Nightlife
5 Things to See and Do at the Inman Park Station

MARTA to CVS Pharmacy

If you are traveling on MARTA and need to get to a CVS Pharmacy, there are several of them located near MARTA stations.  They are listed below,  with the locations closest to a rail station listed first.

Five Point Station
There is a CVS directly above the Five Points MARTA Station, but the area is a little sketchy.  After exiting the train, follow the signs to street level, then look for the MARTA Ride Store/Peachtree Street exit.  Turn left by the Ride Store to go up an escalator to the Broad Street Plaza.  The CVS is located there.

Peachtree Center Station
There is also a CVS above the Peachtree Center Station.  Take the Harris Street/John Portman Blvd. exit off the train platform, then follow the signs to Peachtree Street East.  CVS will be just outside the station in the Peachtree Center North tower.

Decatur Station
Take the Swanton Way exit out of the station and walk straight through the bus bay.  Turn right on Commerce Street.  CVS is a block up.

Midtown Station
Take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn left.  One block up at Peachtree Street turn right.  CVS is located about two blocks down at Peachtree and 6th Street.

North Avenue Station
If you regularly travel on or live near Ponce de Leon Avenue, bus 2 that departs the North Avenue Station stops at a CVS across from Ponce City Market, in the Whole Foods/Home Depot shopping center.

Georgia State Station
On the blue/green rail line, exit at the Georgia State Station and board bus 99.  The bus travels through the Atlanta Medical Center, and there is a CVS on Boulevard near Freedom Parkway.

For more information, see:
MARTA Maps
How to Ride MARTA Buses
Best of MARTA: Services
Using Google Maps for MARTA Directions

MARTA to Poncey Highland

Shops in Poncey HighlandPoncey Highland is hip neighborhood a few miles east of midtown Atlanta.  It includes restaurants and venues along Ponce de Leon Avenue and south of Ponce de Leon Avenue on N. Highland Avenue.  Attractions include the Highland Inn Ballroom, Plaza Theater, Manuel’s Tavern, Blondie at the Clermont Lounge and King of Pops at N. Highland and North Avenue.

The North Avenue Station is the closest to the area, but far to walk.  Instead, board bus 2 at the North Avenue, Candler Park or Decatur Station.  Bus 2 travels down Ponce de Leon, providing easy access to the entire area.  Alternating bus 2 routes also travel down N. Highland Avenue into Poncey Highlands.

You can also board bus 16 at the Five Points Station to reach the neighborhood and restaurants along N. Highland Avenue.  After the bus passes the Carter Center and turns left on N. Highland Avenue, it will enter the neighborhood.

Helpful Tips

  • You can take one bus there and another bus route back if it works better with timing and your destination.
  • The Virginia Highland neighborhood is just up N. Highland Avenue from Ponce de Leon for more restaurants and nightlife options.
  • The Real Chow Baby has karaoke at night, or see Blondie crush beer cans at the Clermont.  The Highland Inn Ballroom and MJQ regularly have music shows.

For more information, see:
How to Ride MARTA Buses
MARTA Trip Planning Options
5 MARTA Buses That Go Places
Top 5 Places to Live in Atlanta Without a Car

MARTA to the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park

The Historic Old Fourth Ward Park is actually a new park located across from Ponce City Market and next to the Masquerade on North Avenue.  The main feature is a stormwater retention pond and when complete will have additional greenspace and playground.  A new event for 2013 is the Old 4th Ward Movies After Dark on Thursdays in April and May.

Two bus routes travel to the park:

Bus 2 departs from the North Avenue, Candler Park and Decatur Stations and travels along Ponce de Leon Avenue.  Exit the bus at the intersection of Ponce and Glen Iris (Cactus Car Wash on the corner) and walk south on Glen Iris (you can only walk south at this intersection).  At the first stoplight, cross over North Avenue then turn left on North Avenue to reach the park.  Walking time is less than 10 minutes.

You can also board bus 16 at Five Points or along N. Highland Avenue.  Exit the bus at Amli Parkside, an apartment community on Ralph McGill Avenue.  Next to and behind the apartments is the park.

For more information, see:
Best of MARTA: Fun/Recreation
MARTA to Piedmont Park
MARTA to the BeltLine Eastside Trail
How to Use Google Maps for MARTA Directions

MARTA to the Atlanta International Hostel

The Atlanta International Hostel is located at 223 Ponce de Leon Avenue, closest to the North Avenue Station on the red/gold rail line.

If you are coming from the airport, Greyhound or the Megabus, take any northbound train to North Avenue.   If coming from Amtrak or a station in the north, board a southbound train.  Once at the North Avenue Station, follow the signs to the North Avenue/West Peachtree Street exit.  After walking through the fare gates, go up the stairs/escalator to street level and turn left on North Avenue.  At the stoplight (Peachtree Street), turn left again then right on Ponce de Leon Avenue.  The hostel is about three blocks down on the right.

If you don’t walk or have luggage, board bus 2 at the North Avenue Station.  A one-way trip is $2.50, or if you are visiting the city and plan to ride several days, consider purchasing day passes or multiple trips at one time.  Riders can pay cash on buses, but don’t receive a free transfer to the rail line.

For more information, see:
North Avenue Station Restaurants
How to Ride MARTA Buses
How to Ride MARTA Trains
Top 5 Hotels Closest to MARTA
Tips for Riding MARTA to/from the Airport

MARTA to the Festival on Ponce

The Festival on Ponce is held in the spring and fall and features an artist market, live music, children’s area and food trucks in a series of parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue. The event is organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and volunteer artists to benefit the local community including the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance and the Paideia School.

Here are your best commute options:

Bus

Board bus 2 at the North Avenue or Decatur MARTA stations, which travels by the festival, which is in between Moreland Avenue and Clifton Road.

Walk/Bike

For a pleasant neighborhood bike ride on a tree-lined street or 20-minute walk, head to the Candler Park MARTA station and the blue rail line. Follow the signs pointing to Candler Park at the station, and at street level walk/ride straight ahead through the parking lot toward the stoplight, which is Oakdale Road. Turn right on Oakdale and take it all the way to the festival, about 4 blocks away (see map).

MARTA + Uber

Uber is also a good option. Request a car at the Candler Park station on the blue line or North Avenue on the red/gold line. Use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride.

More information

How to Ride MARTA Buses
Navigating the Candler Park Station
Using Google Maps for MARTA Directions

MARTA to the BeltLine Eastside Trail

The BeltLine is Atlanta’s rail to trail/transit project that circles intown Atlanta neighborhoods using a former rail bed.  Long range plans include paved trails and a light rail system, with the the first trail, the Eastside Trail, up and running from Piedmont Park south to Irwin Street in the Inman Park/Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

MARTA currently crosses this trail in several places.  Choose from:

  • King Memorial Station – at street level turn right and walk about two blocks along Dekalb Avenue.  An unpaved portion of the trail is located next to an apartment building on the left side of the street.
  • Five Points and Candler Park Stations – board bus 3 on weekdays to reach the Eastside Trail in the Inman Park neighborhood.  If getting on the bus at Five Points, make sure the destination of the bus is to the Candler Park Station.  The bus will literally go over the trail. Look for the old cement tower as a landmark.
  • North Avenue, Candler Park and Decatur Stations – board bus 2 to connect with the Eastside Trail at Ponce de Leon Avenue and Ponce City Market.  The bus travels underneath the rail bed and a new pedestrian ramp will be created there. Exit by the huge brick building at the stoplight (across the street is Whole Foods/Home Depot).  Trail can be accessed via the Kroger parking lot currently or behind Paris on Ponce on Ponce de Leon Place.
  • Midtown StationBus 36 and 99 have stops next to the Eastside Trail, which runs along Park Tavern and Piedmont Park.  Exit around 10th Street and Monroe Drive by the Grady High School stadium.  Or walk straight down 10th Street from the station along Piedmont Park to reach the trail.
  • Inman Park Station – A 20-minute walk or a pleasant bike ride, exit on the Inman Park side of the station and walk past the bus bay at street level and keep walking straight ahead on Edgewood Avenue.  Turn right on Elizabeth Street and walk straight ahead for about four blocks until the street dead ends at the trail.

Nearby Destinations

Inman Park Village
The PATH
Savi Market
Old Fourth Ward Park
Ponce City Market
Virginia Highland
Piedmont Park

More Information

Best of MARTA: Fun/Recreation
5 Things to See and Do at the Inman Park Station
Navigating the Midtown MARTA Station
5 Things to See and Do at the Midtown Station

MARTA to the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest

The Atlanta Winter Beer Fest takes place in January at the Masquerade, a music venue at 695 North Avenue.  Plenty of beer and several stages of live music to go around. Tickets are cheaper if you purchase in advance.

To get there on MARTA, board bus 2 at either the North Avenue, Candler Park or Decatur Station (yes Decatur fans, if you live near the Decatur Square or off Ponce, just hop on the bus — same with those who live in Poncey or Virgina Highland).  Exit at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris Drive.  Cactus Car Wash, Eats and City Hall East will be on the corner.  Walk south on Glen Iris then turn left on North Avenue and walk about a block (see walking map).  On Saturdays, the bus departs about every hour from Decatur and Candler park and every 35 minutes from North Avenue.  Be sure to check the schedule.

For more information see:
Best of MARTA: Food/Drink
Bars Near MARTA
Music Venues Near MARTA
How to Ride MARTA Buses

How to use Google Maps for MARTA Directions

MARTA to Whole Foods

Whole Foods offers organic and natural foods at several locations in Atlanta. However, none are in walking distance to a train station and require a bus commute.

  • The Whole Foods on Ponce de Leon Avenue is off bus 2 that departs from the North Avenue and Decatur Stations. Or take 102 from North Avenue or Candler Park. Exit the bus at Ponce City Market – the large brick building.
  • For the Buckhead location on West Paces Ferry Road near Peachtree Road, board bus 110 at the Buckhead or Lenox Station and head southbound or get on a northbound bus at the Arts Center Station.
  • The third store is at the intersection of Briarcliff and Lavista Roads. Choose from two bus routes: bus 16 departs Five Points and Loehmans Plaza and travels through the Highlands or use bus 30 from the Lindbergh Station or Northlake Mall.

For more information, see:
Best of MARTA: Food/Drink
5 Most Walkable MARTA Stations
How to Ride MARTA Buses

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MARTA to the Decatur Wine Festival

Every year downtown Decatur hosts the Decatur Wine Festival in the Decatur Square, directly above the Decatur MARTA Station.  Hundreds of wines are showcased and live music is provided while you sample the vino.  The event usually sells out and requires tickets.

Very convenient to MARTA, board a blue line train and exit at the Decatur Station. If coming from the red or gold lines, exit at Five Points and look for signs pointing to the Eastbound platform. From there, board an Indian Creek train. Once at the station, follow the signs to the Church Street exit for easiest access to the event.

Bus 2 also travels to the Decatur Station from the North Avenue station.  The bus travels the length of Ponce de Leon Avenue, so if you live close to Ponce or the North Avenue Station, board bus 2. You can pay cash to ride the bus, just bring exact change. Each one-way trip is $2.50.

For more information, see:
Navigating the Decatur MARTA Station
Decatur MARTA Station Restaurants
5 Most Walkable MARTA Stations
Best of MARTA: Food/Drink
10 Easiest Destinations to Get to on MARTA

Decatur Book Festival

MARTA to the Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival takes place every year over Labor Day weekend in Downtown Decatur.  It is an easy ride on MARTA, as the Decatur Station sits right below the square where the majority of festivities are held.

To get to the Decatur MARTA Station you must be on a blue line train.  From Five Points, follow the signs to the Eastbound platform and board an Indian Creek train.

If you live in Midtown, you could also take bus 2 from Ponce de Leon to Decatur. Be advised that only every other bus travels all the way to Decatur.

For parking and riding, the MARTA stations to each side of Decatur have free daily parking, East Lake and Avondale.  Or use end of the line stations like Kensington and Indian Creek  if coming from I-285.

For more information, see:
Top 5 MARTA Stations to Park and Ride
Interstate Exits for MARTA Stations
Train Schedules and Frequency

Ponce City Market is near the North Avenue and Inman Park MARTA stations.

MARTA to Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market (formerly City Hall East) is an upcoming redevelopment project that will contain office space, lofts, retail and dining. Set to open in 2014, the historic building at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue started as a Sears Roebuck and Co. factory and will be added to the National Register of Historic Places once renovations are complete.

Ponce City Market is closest to the North Avenue MARTA station on the red/gold line and the Inman Park MARTA station on the blue/green rail line. There are several commute options on MARTA:

MARTA Bus

Board bus 2 at the North Avenue or Decatur MARTA station and exit the bus at the stoplight in front of the building. A shopping center with Home Depot and Whole Foods is across the street.

You can also board bus 102 at the North Avenue or Candler Park stations and exit the bus in the same location.

MARTA + Uber

If you don’t want to take a bus, connect with Uber at one of the stations to complete the last part of your trip. Use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride.

Walk/Bike

It’s a direct 30 minute walk down Ponce de Leon Avenue from the North Avenue MARTA station to Ponce City Market. However, parts of the walk involve going through a transitional area. From the station, follow the signs to the North Avenue/West Peachtree exit and turn right on West Peachtree and right on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The better walk option is to exit at the Inman Park MARTA station. Walking time is the same. However, the route takes you through tree-lined streets with historic houses to the BeltLine Eastside Trail, which provides shelter from car traffic. After exiting the fare gate at the Inman Park station, keep right and go down to street level. Walk straight ahead through the bus bay to Edgewood Avenue, which dead ends at the station. Walk about one block to Elizabeth Street and turn right. Elizabeth Street feeds directly into the BeltLine about four blocks down. Look for the Inman Park Village and Pure Taqueria for a sign you’re almost to the trail.

Opening soon will be a ramp sidewalk down to the Old Fourth Ward Park, which provides access to Ponce City Market. Future plans include an entrance to the building directly off the BeltLine. Until then, take the Angier Springs sidewalk exit off the BeltLine trail and follow the road around to North Avenue and turn left.

To shorten your commute, take your bike with you on the train (it’s allowed) to either station and bike the rest of the way. Currently bike lanes are being added to Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Inman Park/BeltLine route is more cyclist-friendly currently.

Insider Tips

  • Nearby destinations include Gekko Sushi, 4th and Swift, Eats, Dancing Goats Coffee, Whole Foods, Home Depot, CVS, Kroger, the Masquerade and the Old Fourth Ward Park.
  • It is free to transfer from a train to a bus if using a Breeze Card. Buses also accept cash, but can’t make change. A one-way fare is $2.50.
  • The bus ride is less than 10 minutes from the North Avenue station. The ride is longest from Decatur.
  • If using the North Avenue station, you can board either bus 2 or 102, which increases the frequency of a bus departure. Use OneBusAway to get real-time bus arrivals.
  • Our favorite route is the walk or bike from Inman Park if you’re interested in an active commute. For safety however, don’t walk alone on the BeltLine after dark.

For more information, see:
How to Use Google Maps for MARTA Directions

How to Ride MARTA Buses
Best of the Inman Park Station
Navigating the North Avenue Station

MARTA to the Yumbii Food Truck

We love the Yumbii food truck!  For Korean tacos, sesame fries and more, check out Yumbii’s weekly locations and view MARTA directions below to the most common truck destinations.

  • Midtown
    Yumbii stops at 10th and Peachtree Street, one block from the Midtown MARTA Station.  Take the 10th Street exit out of the station and turn right.
  • Arts Center/Colony Square
    Follow the signs to the 15th Street exit at the Arts Center Station and turn left on 15th Street after walking through the bus bay.  Walk a block for food truck stops at the Woodruff Arts Center and the plaza near Colony Square
  • Atlantic Station
    Take the Atlantic Station Shuttle or bus 37 from the Arts Center Station.
  • Virginia Highland
    Near the CVS on N. Highland, take bus 16 from Five Points or Loehman’s Plaza, or bus 2 from the North Avenue Station and exit at Ponce and N. Highland and walk north.
  • Inman Park/Stove Works
    Take bus 3 from the Candler Park or Five Points Station.  Exit at Irwin and Krog Streets.
  • Buckhead/Westside
    Take bus 12 from the Midtown Station or from the Cumberland Transfer Center to the Howell Mill Food Park at Howell Mill and Collier Road.

For more information, see:
Best of MARTA: Food/Drink
Best of MARTA: Recreation
10 Easiest Destinations to Get to on MARTA

MARTA to the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Presented by Creative Loafing, the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest takes place in June at the Masquerade Music Park (next to the Masquerade at 695 North Avenue), almost equally distant from the North Avenue and Inman Park MARTA stations. There’s plenty of beer and live music to go around. Tickets are required for the event, with prices higher at the door.

There are several options for getting there on MARTA:

Bus

Board bus 2 at either the North Avenue or Decatur MARTA station.

Board bus 102 at the North Avenue or Candler Park station.

Exit either bus at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris Drive. Eats and Ponce City Market will be on the corner.  Walk south on Glen Iris (the only direction you can walk) then turn left on North Avenue and walk about a block.

Uber

Use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride with Uber, the app that connects you with a driver. For the cheapest commute, get picked up at the North Avenue or Inman Park MARTA station.

Walk/Bike

Exit at the Inman Park MARTA station and walk or bike to the BeltLine via Edgewood Avenue to Elizabeth Street. Exit the trail at Angier Springs just before the bridge. Turn left on North Avenue to reach the Masquerade. A ramp will be open later in 2014 that will connect the BeltLine directly to the Old Fourth Ward Park next to the Masquerade.

Insider Tips

  • The Masquerade is across from Ponce City Market, which will have food and shopping options once open.
  • Kroger is nearby for food and supplies, and the closest restaurants are 4th and Swift and Gekki Sushi. Dancing Goats coffee is also in walking distance.
  • Taking the bus is a great option if you live in Virginia Highland, Poncey Highland, Little 5 Points, Candler Park or Decatur — just connect with the route on Ponce de Leon or N. Highland/Moreland Avenue.
  • Be sure to have at least a roundtrip fare on your MARTA card to make your return trip easier. MARTA buses accept cash, but you won’t get a free transfer to the train.

More Information

Music Venues Near MARTA
How to Ride MARTA Buses

How to use Google Maps for MARTA Directions

MARTA to Festival on Ponce

The Festival on Ponce is a new festival in Atlanta, which will take place July 23 and 24 at the Druid Hills/Olmstead Park end of Ponce de Leon Avenue.  It will have fine and folk arts and crafts along with live acoustic music, a children’s area and local food.

There are several ways to get there on MARTA:

  • Take bus 2 at the North Avenue or Decatur Station.  Be advised that from North Avenue only every other bus travels all the way to the festival.  Board a bus with Decatur Station as the destination.
  • Board bus 6 from Inman Park Station and exit at the intersection of Moreland Avenue and Ponce de Leon (a gas station and church are on the corner).  Walk east on Ponce, away from city, to reach the festival (see area map).
  • For those more adventurous or with bikes, exit at the Candler Park Station and head north through Candler Park to reach other end of the festival, which is about 30 minutes on foot (see walking map).

For more information, see:
How to ride MARTA buses
Navigating the Inman Park Station
How to Use Google Maps for MARTA Directions

MARTA to Publix

There are several Publix grocery stores that are relatively close to MARTA stations.  Below they are listed with the closest stores listed first.

  • Midtown Publix
    Take a red or gold line train to the Midtown station and take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn right.  Publix is a block down on the left.
  • North Avenue/Ponce Publix
    Exit the North Avenue station and turn left on North Avenue.  Walk about two blocks to reach the grocery.  Or take bus 2 from the station to ride part of the way (exit at North Avenue  and Piedmont Avenue).  Or continue on the bus to Ponce and N. Highland where there is another Publix.
  • Buckhead Publix
    Take a gold line train to the Lenox Station and take the exit opposite the one pointing “To Mall” off the train platform.  At street level veer left then make a quick right on Oak Valley Road and walk two blocks. A second Publix is located near Peachtree Battle.  Take bus 110 outside the first stairwell exit out of the Buckhead station.
  • Brookhaven Publix
    Take the Peachtree Road exit out of the station an turn right.  Walk 20 minutes for the Town Brookhaven Publix.

For more information, see:
Best of MARTA: Food/Drink
How to Ride MARTA Buses
How to Use Google Maps for MARTA Directions

MARTA to the Masquerade

The Masquerade is one of Atlanta’s music venues located at 695 North Avenue NE. The closest MARTA stations are North Avenue on the red/gold line and Inman Park on the blue/green line, and there are several commute options:

Bus

Board bus 2 at either the North Avenue or Decatur MARTA station or bus 102 at North Avenue or Candler Park. The ride is less than 10 minutes from all stations except Decatur. Exit the bus at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris Drive. Eats and Ponce City Market will be on the corner. Walk south on Glen Iris (the only direction you can walk) then turn left on North Avenue and walk about a block.

Walk/Bike

The walk from either North Avenue or Inman Park is about 30 minutes. Take the North Avenue exit out of the North Avenue station and turn left. However, the walk is through a not the safest in the city. From Inman Park, exit to the right after going through the fare gates and at street level walk along the bus bay and cross the street to reach Edgewood Avenue. Take Edgewood to Elizabeth Street and turn right. Elizabeth dead ends at the Beltline. Keep walking straight ahead until you reach a trail exit just before the bridge and near new apartments (marked Angier Springs). Follow the road around the apartments to North Avenue and turn left.

Uber

Request a car at the North Avenue station or Inman Park station for the shortest commute. Use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride, though the fare should be less than $10 with UberX.

Helpful Tips

  • Nearby restaurants include Eats, Tacos and Tequila, Gekko Sushi, 4th and Swift and the upcoming food hall at Ponce City Market.
  • It’s free to transfer from the train to the bus, and if you are arriving at North Avenue, choose the first bus to arrive – 2 or 102.
  • After dark, best to wait for the bus or take Uber.

More Information

Music venues near MARTA
How to Ride MARTA Buses
Using Google Maps for MARTA Directions
Navigating the North Avenue MARTA Station

MARTA to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is at 767 Clifton Road NE near Emory University. The museum hosts Martinis and IMAX on Friday nights and regularly rotating exhibits and IMAX movies during the week. The museum is technically closest to the Candler Park MARTA station, though the walk is about 30 minutes through a residential area. Bus 2 also travels to the museum from the North Avenue and Decatur MARTA station.

Bus Options
If taking bus 2, exit at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road or alert your bus driver of your destination if you aren’t sure where to signal a stop.  Walk north on Clifton Road towards the golf course to reach the driveway to the museum.

You can also board bus 6 from the Lindbergh Center or Inman Park station and exit at the intersection of Briarcliff/Moreland Ave. and Ponce de Leon Ave.  From there, walk east (away from the city) to Clifton Road and turn left.  Walking time is about 30 minutes (see walking map).

Walking/Biking Route
Take a blue or green line train labeled “Indian Creek” or “Candler Park” to the Candler Park station. Exit on to Dekalb Avenue and walk east, away from downtown.  Turn left on Glendale, right on McClendon then left on Clifton Road (see walking map).  Walking time is about 28 minutes.  This route is also good for biking, if you want to take your bike on MARTA.

Our Recommendation
If you are up for an active adventure, go for the walking/biking option from the Candler Park station. The area is full of trees and bungalows, and car traffic is minimal.

Otherwise, bus 2 allows you to see many sights along Ponce de Leon Avenue. You can start your day with breakfast at the Livingston Restaurant inside the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel and take a tour of the Fox Theatre next to the North Avenue station. Then hop on the bus, and you’ll go by the original Krispy Kreme, the up-and-coming Ponce City Market in the rehabbed Sears factory building, Poncey Highland with its long-running Plaza Theatre and the Olmstead Linear Parks before reaching the museum. Afterward, get on the bus heading in the same direction to reach downtown Decatur for lunch, dinner, shopping or a stroll through the quaint small town and have easy access to the Decatur MARTA station for your return trip.

For more information, see:
MARTA Maps
How to Ride MARTA Buses
10 Popular Atlanta Tourists Attractions and How to Get There on MARTA

Little 5 Points

MARTA to Little 5 Points

Little 5 Points is a funky commercial district east of downtown Atlanta that has numerous restaurants, bars, boutique shops and nightlife venues. The closest MARTA station is Inman Park on the blue/green rail line, which is about a 10-15 minute walk away.

Walking Directions

If you plan to walk, the fastest route is to follow the signs pointing to Inman Park after exiting the station’s fare gates, keeping to the right.  At street level, turn right along the bus bay and look for the PATH sidewalk just beyond a fence. The PATH goes through a park to Euclid Avenue, which is the first street intersection. Turn right on Euclid and walk about two blocks to reach Little 5 Points.  If walking after dark, turn left at street level, turn right on Hurt Street then right onto Euclid.

If you are going to the Wrecking Bar, Tijuana Garage, Front Page News or  Camelis Pizza, instead of taking the PATH, continue walking straight down Dekalb Avenue (the street the runs under the station) and then turn left on the ramp down to Moreland Avenue.

Buses

Bus 6 departs from Inman Park and Lindbergh and will also get you there if you don’t want to walk. Additionally, the new bus 102 route also travels to Little 5 from the North Avenue station and the Candler Park station, and on weekdays you can get to Little 5 Points via bus 3 at the Five Points and Candler Park stations.

Nearby Destinations

Restaurants
Nightlife
The PATH
Trolley Barn
Freedom Park
Carter Center

7 Stages Theatre
Inman Park Village
Edgewood Retail District

More Information

Best of the Inman Park Station
Navigating the Inman Park Station
5 Things to See and Do at the Inman Park Station
5 Family-friendly Activities Near the Inman Park Station

Virginia Highland

MARTA to Virginia Highland

Virginia Highland is one of the more popular neighborhoods in Atlanta, full of walkable restaurants, bars and nightlife/music venues. It is equally distant from the Midtown MARTA station on the red/gold line and the Inman Park MARTA station on the blue/green line.

There are several commute options for getting to the neighborhood:

Walk/Bike

Turn right on 10th Street from the main Midtown Station exit and walk until the road dead ends at Monroe Drive. Turn right on Monroe then a quick left on Virginia Avenue, which goes up a steep hill. Walk another 15 minutes to reach the commercial district. Total walking time is about 30 minutes. Bikers can also use the PATH and BeltLine Trail near the Inman Park station.

MARTA + Uber

If you don’t want to walk, the better option is to request Uber from the Midtown or Inman Park station for the least expensive ride. Use promo code MARTAGuide for a free first ride up to $20. The fare shouldn’t be more than $10 with UberX.

Bus

It is free to ride the bus if you’re transferring from the train. There are four options:

  • Bus 16 departs from the Five Points station. This is a great route that leaves from downtown and commutes up North Highland all the way to Loehmann’s Plaza at N. Druid Hills. It includes stops in Poncey Highlands as well as restaurants north of Virginia Avenue and into Morningside.
  • Bus 36 is a more common choice. This route departs from the Midtown and Avondale stations and travels to Piedmont Park as well as the center of the Virginia Highland neighborhood with stops near Murphy’s, Noche, La Tavola, Yeah Burger, Highland Tap, George’s and more.
  • Bus 2 departs from North Avenue and Decatur station and travels down Ponce de Leon Avenue. Exit at Ponce and North Highland. This route is frequent, but puts riders much further away from Virginia Avenue. It does provide access to bars such as Neighbor’s, Hand and Hand, Atkins Park and the Righteous Room.
  • Bus 102 departs from the North Avenue and Candler Park stations and also stops at Ponce and N. Highland.

Helpful Tips

  • Bus 36 does not run very late in the evening.
  • Keep in mind that you can always take one bus there and a different bus back, especially if you don’t want to wait for a specific route.  You can look up bus schedules ahead of time online or on your smartphone.  Printed copies of schedules are located at the Five Points Station. Or use the OneBusAway app or mobile site to have real-time information on the next buses and trains.
  • For sightseeing, consider taking bus 36 and then walk south on N. Highland Avenue to look at shops and have a bite to eat.  Walk to Ponce de Leon Avenue and explore Poncey Highlands and take bus 2, 102 or bus 16 back to a rail station.

More Information

How to Ride MARTA Buses
Using Google Maps for MARTA directions
Top 5 MARTA Stations to Park and Ride
Train Schedules and Frequency
MARTA Neighborhood Guide