Ramada Plaza Atlanta Capitol Park is located near the Georgia Capitol and Turner Field at 450 Capitol Avenue SE. The hotel features a rooftop pool deck, free WiFi, meeting space and a complimentary three-mile radius shuttle, which includes pick up and drop off at the nearest MARTA station, the Georgia State MARTA station on the blue/green rail line.
If you are traveling from the airport or north of the city, take a red or gold line train to the Five Points station and transfer to the first eastbound train on the eastbound platform. Ride one stop to Georgia State and take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station. Turn left on Piedmont (Piedmont Avenue turns into Capitol Avenue) and walk about four blocks to the hotel or arrange for the shuttle to pick you up. Walking time is just under 15 minutes.
The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 48 Martin Luther King Jr. SW is a historic attraction in downtown Atlanta closest to the Georgia State MARTA station. It is Atlanta’s first Catholic church, although the original structure is no longer standing, but did survive Sherman’s burning of Atlanta thanks to Father Thomas O’Reilly. Because the church was damaged during the Civil War, today’s structure was built on the site of the original church in 1872. A monument to O’Reilly is on site.
On MARTA, take a blue or green line train to the Georgia State station and use the Piedmont Avenue exit to leave the station. Turn left on Piedmont, walk a block and turn right on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Walking time is only five minutes.
You can also take any train to the Five Points MARTA station and walk the length of Underground Atlanta via the station entrance to Underground Atlanta near Peachtree Street. Follow the signs pointing to the Braves Shuttle and after exiting Underground near Johnny Rockets, turn right and the church will be on the next corner.
The Sloppy Floyd State Building consists of two small office towers located near the Georgia Capitol at 200 Piedmont Avenue SE. It contains offices for State of Georgia employees and a cafeteria.
One of the towers is directly connected to the Georgia State MARTA station on the blue/green rail line, but only on the eastbound train platform. If you are traveling east from the Five Points MARTA station, which is the case if you are transferring from the red or gold line, you can directly enter the building from the train platform. Otherwise, take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn left.
Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407 Auburn Avenue NE was the church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his messages of non-violence. Near the King Memorial MARTA station on the blue/green rail line, the church remains active today. There are several options for getting there on transit:
It is about a 10-minute walk to the church from the King Memorial MARTA station. At street level, cross over Decatur Street (which is in front of the station) at the stoplight and turn right on Decatur and walk about a half block to William Holmes Borders Senior Drive and turn left. Walk past a small park to Auburn Avenue and turn right to reach the church, which is a short block away.
Bus 3 has a weekday stop near the church. Board the bus at the Five Points or Candler Park station. Five Points is a much shorter commute. Bus 99 is another option, which connects with the Georgia State and King Memorial MARTA stations.
Ebenezer Baptist Church is just off the Atlanta Streetcar as well, which will open later this year and connect with the Peachtree MARTA station. It is located just as the route turns at the far east end of the route. There is a stop for the King Center.
Surrounding the church is the King Memorial Historic Site, which includes a museum, library, childhood home of MLK and his resting place.
There are several restaurants on Edgewood Avenue, one block away. Auburn Avenue doesn’t have many food options.
Bus 3 on weekdays also goes to the Carter Center and the Inman Park Village, if you want to hop on the bus after visiting the church in the morning and hit another attraction and grab lunch. The bus is $2.50 cash or use your Breeze Card. You can walk back to MARTA rail via the Inman Park station.
If traveling on the streetcar, you can also exit next to Centennial Park for sightseeing, which includes easy access to SkyView, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Imagine It! Children’s Museum and the CNN Center.
Kirkwood is a historic family-friendly neighborhood east of downtown Atlanta that was developed as a streetcar suburb. With a commercial district, restaurants, parks, library, fire station, post office and police station, it has a small-town feel despite being close to the city.
Annual events include the Spring Fling, Kirkwood Wine Stroll and Home for the Holidays event. Two other major features of the neighborhood are the Trolley Line PATH trail and the Pullman Yards, which contain turn-of-the-century brick factory buildings that were once used for train repair (and more recently used in the filming of “Hunger Games”).
Kirkwood is located in between the Candler Park and East Lake MARTA stations on the blue rail line. Board bus 24 at either station and exit the bus on Hosea Williams Drive for the downtown area. The bus ride is about 10 minutes from Candler Park.
Bus 21, which departs from the Georgia State, King Memorial and Kensington stations also travels to the neighborhood via Memorial Drive.
Walk to restaurants and parks, though a car or bike is helpful for work and errand commutes
Park and ride MARTA at the Candler Park or East Lake station for easy access to jobs downtown or near the rail line
Take bus 24 to downtown Oakhurst for additional restaurants, businesses and special events
The Georgia Railroad Freight Depot is located at 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, next to Underground Atlanta. Built in 1869 not long after the Civil War, it was the tallest building in Georgia at the time, and after a fire in 1935 several floors were removed. Today it is used as an event facility.
The building is in between the Five Points and Georgia State stations. From Five Points, follow the signs pointing Braves Shuttle/To Street. Take the Peachtree Street exit out of the station and either walk out the station straight ahead at the light to Upper Alabama Street, or before exiting the station, turn right through the doors marked Underground Atlanta and walk through the corridor on Lower Alabama Street. Both streets end at the freight depot, about a block down. Using Underground Atlanta is a better option after dark and in bad weather.
From the Georgia State station, take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn left on Piedmont. Walk one block to Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and turn right. The depot is about a half block down on the right in the rear of the Steve Polk Plaza.
Every fall in downtown Atlanta is the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk challenge. The race starts and ends at Turner Field, closest to the Georgia State MARTA Station on the blue/green rail line. Participants coming from the north or south rail line, such as Midtown or Buckhead, will need to exit the train at the Five Points Station and follow the signs to the Eastbound platform. Take the first eastbound train that arrives one stop to the Georgia State Station.
Once at the station, exit on Piedmont Avenue (signage available) and turn left. It is about a 20-25 minute walk to Turner Field from there.
If you are traveling on MARTA and need to get to a CVS Pharmacy, there are several near MARTA stations. See the list below with the locations closest to a rail station listed first.
Five Points Station
A CVS is directly above the Five Points MARTA station, but the area in general isn’t very nice. 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.
Peachtree Center Station
For a nicer downtown CVS, head to the Peachtree Center MARTA station. Take the Harris Street/John Portman Blvd. exit off the train platform then follow the signs to Peachtree Street East. CVS is just outside the station in the Peachtree Center North tower.
East Point Station
Take the south exit out of the station toward parking and buses. The CVS is just across the street.
Take the Swanton Way exit out of the station and walk through the bus bay. Turn right on Commerce Street. CVS is less than a block up the street.
About two blocks from the West End MARTA station is another CVS. Turn right on Lee Street from the station and left again on Ralph David Abernathy.
From the main Midtown MARTA station exit, turn left on Peachtree Place. One block up at Peachtree Street turn right. CVS is about two blocks down at Peachtree and 6th Street.
The Midtown Arts Cinema is a neighborhood movie theater located at 931 Monroe Drive, across from Grady High School and Piedmont Park. The closest MARTA station is Midtown on the red/gold rail line. You can take the 10th Street exit out of the station and turn right (if coming up via the Federal reserve tunnel, turn left), and walk about 20 minutes down 10th Street where it dead ends at Monroe Drive. Turn right on Monroe and left into the Trader Joes shopping center. In the back is the theater. Wine are beer are available for purchase.
If you don’t want to walk, you can board bus 36 or bus 99 at the Midtown Station. Both have stops near the theater (exit by Trader Joes and Starbucks). The bus ride is no more than five minutes. Bus 99 also picks up passengers at the Georgia State station and in part of the GSU campus. If you plan to take the bus back to the station, be advised that bus 36 stops early in the evening.
Nearby restaurants/bars include Metro Fresh, F.R.O.G.S. Cantina, Mellow Mushroom, Jersey Mike’s Subs, The Highlander, Apres Diem, Rice Box, Desi Spice and Royal Orchid Thai.
It is a 25 minute walk to Turner Field from the MARTA station, making it a good warm-up for the race. Take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn left on Piedmont Avenue. Turner Field is straight ahead past the Georgia Capitol and over I-20.
Train service will begin at 5 a.m. and will operate on a Sunday schedule, approximately every 20 minutes.
Download the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals and purchase fare in advance to avoid lines.
The closest free MARTA parking to the start of the race is at the Inman Park MARTA station followed by Candler Park. If you park at either station, board the first westbound train to reach Georgia State.
If you are commuting from the red or gold line, travel to the Five Points MARTA station and transfer to the first eastbound train, one level up.
The Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival takes place each fall on historic Auburn Avenue near downtown Atlanta. The festival highlights the history of the historic street and has an artist market, live entertainment and a kids zone.
There are several options for getting to the event on transit:
The closest MARTA stations are the Georgia State and King Memorial stations on the blue/green rail line. From Georgia State, take the Jesse Hill Jr. exit of the station and turn left. Auburn Avenue is about four blocks up the street past Grady Hospital. If you exit at the King Memorial MARTA station, at street level cross over Decatur Street/Dekalb Avenue in front fo the station at the stoplight and walk north along Hilliard Street to reach Auburn Avenue.
The Atlanta Streetcar travels to Sweet Auburn from the Peachtree Center MARTA station on the red/gold rail line. Follow signs pointing to Ellis Street from the train platform and then to Peachtree Street East (left after exiting the fare gates). At street level, turn left and bypass the streetcar stop in front of the station and walk about a half block to Auburn Avenue and turn left. Look for the Park Place streetcar stop next to the round water fountain and wait for the streetcar there.
You can also board bus 99 at the Georgia State or Midtown MARTA station to reach the festival.
There are several options for getting to the market on transit:
Take the Jesse Hill Jr. exit out of the Georgia State station and turn left and walk about three blocks to Edgewood Avenue. The market will be on the corner (see area map). Walking time is approximately 10 minutes.
Take any train to the Five Points MARTA station and follow the signs to the Peachtree Street exit and turn left on Peachtree Street. Walk just over block for the streetcar Park Place stop near Auburn Avenue and exit at the market two stops down.
Bus 99 departs from the Georgia State station’s Piedmont Avenue exit. Get off the bus at Auburn and Jesse Hill Jr. and walk south one block to Edgewood Avenue.
Bus 3 departs from Five Points station (and the Candler Park station on weekdays only). Also exit at Jesse Hill Jr. and Auburn Avenue. In both cases, look for the Big Bethel “Jesus Saves” church as a landmark for Jesse Hill Jr. Drive.
The Atlanta Medical Center is located at 303 Parkway Drive, which is about a 20 minute walk from the Civic Center MARTA station on the red/gold rail line (see walking/area map). It is a straight walk down Ivan Allen Jr./Ralph McGill Blvd. After exiting the station, head south on West Peachtree Street toward downtown and turn left on Ivan Allen Jr.
You can also choose between two bus routes:
Bus 99 from the Midtown, North Avenue (weekday non-rush hour only) or Georgia State station. The bus route travels down Boulevard with stops at the Medical Center.
Bus 16 departs from Five Points and travels along Ralph McGill with a stop at Parkway Drive and Boulevard.
The Atlanta Fair is located in Turner Field’s gray lot, which is about a 25-minute walk from the Georgia State MARTA station. If you plan to walk, exit at Georgia State (transfer to an eastbound train at Five Points if coming from the north or south) and take the Piedmont Road exit out of the station and turn left.
Bus 32, bus 49 and bus 55 also go to Turner Field and also depart from the Five Points MARTA station. Plan ahead and look at the bus schedules online to know departure times, or use a MARTA app on your smartphone for trip information and next arriving bus when going to or leaving the game.
Cabbagetown is an intown neighborhood next to Oakland Cemetery known for its Krog Tunnel and the yearly Chomp and Stomp chili and bluegrass festival. It is also home to the Cotton Mill Lofts and restaurants including Agave and Carroll Street Cafe.
The closest MARTA stations to Cabbagetown are the King Memorial and the Inman Park stations on the blue/green rail line. There are several commute options:
Get on bus 21 at the Georgia State or King Memorial station on the blue/green rail line, which travels on Memorial Drive. Exit at the stoplight at Boulevard for the restaurants on Carroll Street, or at Powell Street for more direct access to the neighborhood park. The neighborhood is just past the cemetery on the left and extends to roughly the BeltLine.
Taking your bike on MARTA is another great option for getting to Cabbagetown. From the Inman Park station there’s direct access to a bike path on Edgewood Avenue. Keep right after exiting the fare gate and walk through the bus bay at street level to reach Edgewood. Take the bike path to Krog Street and turn left. The ride is only about 10 minutes to the Cabbagetown park (see bike route map). You can also walk this route (23 minutes).
For those who wish to walk, the King Memorial station is the closest to the neighborhood. It is about a 15 minute walk to the edge of the neighborhood, 20 minutes to the park, but a walk you’ll likely want to do in daylight. Turn left/south onto Grant Street after exiting the station. Turn left again on Memorial Drive and walk past the cemetery. You’ll also walk by other restaurants en route, including Young Augustine’s, Tin Lizzy’s, Six Feet Under, Ria’s Bluebird and Mi Barrio. Or turn right on Dekalb Avenue from the station and take the pedestrian tunnel at Boulevard underneath the railroad tracks for quicker access to the Cotton Mill Lofts.
On the weekend, trains are every 20 minutes and the green line train only travels as far as the King Memorial station.
Grady High School is near the Midtown MARTA station on the red/gold rail line. It is about a 15-20 minute walk — take the 10th Street exit out of the station and turn right on 10th and walk about four blocks.
City Hall is located downtown near the Five Points, Georgia State and Garnett MARTA stations (see area map). The closest station is Georgia State on the blue/green rail line, though if you are coming from the north/south, exiting at Five Points or Garnett removes the need to transfer trains.
From Georgia State
Take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn left on Piedmont. Walk two blocks then turn right on Mitchell Street. City Hall will be about a block down on the left.
From Five Points
Follow the signs to street level and to the Peachtree Street exit, where there is a doorway leading to Undground Atlanta after passing through the fare gates. Walk straight through Underground Atlanta following the signs pointing to the Braves Shuttle. Exit near Johnny Rockets and turn right on what is to become Central Avenue. Walk two blocks to Mitchell Street.
Take the Broad Street exit out of the station and turn right on Trinity Avenue and walk just over two blocks.
Take a blue or green line train to either the Georgia State or King Memorial MARTA stations. Transfer at Five Points to the first eastbound train if your starting point is on the red or gold line.
If you exit at Georgia State, take the Jesse Hill Jr. exit out of the station and turn left. Walk about three blocks to reach Auburn Avenue and turn right.
From the King Memorial station, at street level cross over Decatur Street/Dekalb Avenue in front of the station at the stoplight and walk north on Hilliard Street near the apartment community for also three blocks. Walking time from either station is just under 15 minutes.
The Atlanta Streetcar also travels to Springfest. Connect with it outside the Peachtree Center MARTA station. From the train platform, follow the signs to Ellis Street then to Peachtree Street East after exiting the fare gates. At street level, turn left and walk less than a block to Auburn Avenue for the Park Place streetcar stop next to the round water fountain. Bypass the streetcar stop that is immediately next to the station. Exit the streetcar at Edgewood at Hilliard stop or King Historic District.
Connect with bus 99 from the Midtown or Georgia State station.
Grady Hospital is a short walk away from the Georgia State MARTA station on the blue/green rail line at 80 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE. The shortest route is to take the Jesse Hill Jr. exit out of the station and turn left. The hospital is one block away. A McDonald’s is located in the front of the hospital.
Bus 99 also stops in front of the building on southbound trips from the North Avenue and Midtown MARTA stations.
Take a blue or green line train to the Georgia State station. If you are traveling from the red or gold rail line, exit at the Five Points station and follow the signs to the eastbound platform. Get on the first eastbound train and ride one stop. Once at the Georgia State station, take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station, turn left and walk about a block. Walking time is less than 10 minutes.
There are several ways to get to the historic site on MARTA:
The recommended option for traveling to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site is the Atlanta Streetcar. To connect with the streetcar, take a red or gold line train to the Peachtree Center MARTA station and follow the signs pointing to Ellis Street off the train platform. Walk through the fare gates and keep left, following the signs to Peachtree Street East. Turn left at street level and walk one block to Auburn Avenue (walking by the streetcar stop in front of the station). Cross over Auburn Avenue and turn left for the Park Place streetcar stop. Once on the streetcar, exit at the scheduled stop for the King Historic District. Note that you can also board the streetcar in front of the MARTA station, but the streetcar only travels in one direction away from the King Center at that point.
From the King Memorial MARTA station, the historic site is 15-20 minutes away, though it is still somewhat in a transitional area and best walked during the day and in a group. Cross over Decatur Street in front of the station at the stoplight and walk straight ahead on Hillard Street to Auburn Avenue and turn right.
Bus 3 travels to the area on weekdays, departing from Five Points and the Candler Park station.
Bus 99 departs from the Georgia State Station and King Memorial Station weekdays on alternating trips (weekends just Georgia State).
There are several ways to get to Turner Field without a car:
It takes about 25 minutes to walk to Turner Field from the Georgia State MARTA station on the blue/green rail line. Take the Piedmont Avenue exit out of the station and turn left and walk south until you reach the stadium. Bring your bike with you on MARTA for a faster commute.
For the 2015 Atlanta Braves season, the Braves Shuttle will pick up passengers at the West End MARTA station on the red/gold rail line. It is a free transfer to the shuttle from the train or another bus. Just be sure to tap your Breeze Card when entering and exiting all stations. Otherwise, the bus fare is $2.50 one way. Bring exact change.
Bus 55 and bus 32 also depart from the Five Points station and go to Turner Field. Plan ahead and look at the bus schedules online to know departure times, or use the OneBusAway app for real-time arrivals of buses and MARTA on the Go app for real-time trains, schedules and maps.
New for 2015, the Braves Shuttle will depart from the West End MARTA station on the red/gold rail line. Look for signs pointing to the buses to reach the shuttle, which begin service to Turner Field 90 minutes before games and takes fans back to the West End station up to two hours after the final out.
If you are traveling from the green or blue line, transfer at the Five Points MARTA station to the first southbound train to reach West End. The shuttle is free to ride if you are transferring from MARTA. Be sure to tap your Breeze Card when exiting the West End station to activate the free transfer.