GRTA Xpress

MARTA to Douglasville

Douglasville is a small city west of Atlanta near I-20, and is not MARTA accessible.  There are regional buses operated by GRTA Xpress that travel to the area Monday-Friday on a very limited schedule:

  • Take any train heading downtown to the Five Points station and take the Forsyth Street exit out of the station to catch GRTA Xpress 461/462.  The bus departs only Monday-Friday between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Take a red or gold line train to the Civic Center station for GRTA Xpress 460.  The bus departs only Monday-Friday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The other option is to use MARTA and a taxi.  If coming from the blue or green rail line, board a H.E. Holmes Westbound train and take it to the H.E. Holmes station and arrange for a taxi there at 70 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive (about 17 miles from Douglasville).  If you are coming from the airport, Midtown, Buckhead or otherwise on the red or gold lines, take the train to the Five Points station and transfer to the Westbound train platform and wait for the H.E. Holmes train there.

For more information, see:
GRTA Xpress
MARTA Trip Planning Options
MARTA Station Interstate Exits
Train Schedules and Frequency

Civic Center MARTA Station

The Civic Center MARTA station is located at 435 West Peachtree Street on the red and gold rail line. All trains departing the airport stop at this station as well as all southbound trains. If you are traveling from the blue or green rail line, go to the Five Points MARTA station and transfer to a northbound train.

What’s Nearby

Rental Cars
Atlanta Civic Center
Georgia Aquarium 
W Hotel Downtown
SunTrust Plaza
Twelve Centennial Park
Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Best Western Inn at the Peachtrees
National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Walk Score: 85/100

The area around the Civic Center MARTA station is very walkable and feels safer than the area around the North Avenue station one stop away. There’s a homeless shelter on Pine Street, so that street and area should be avoided for maximum safety. But restaurants and hotels on West Peachtree Street and Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. are mostly in safe walking distance from the station. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially as the station is located in the city.


There is no parking at the station.

Train Schedules

Next Train
Gold Line
Red Line

Commute Times

2 minutes to Five Points
18 minutes to the Airport


There are no MARTA buses that connect with this station, but the Megabus drops off and picks up passengers at street level on the northbound side of the street. The MegaBus offers inexpensive rides to other cities, including Charlotte, Chattanooga, Jacksonville, Orlando and Nashville.

Several commuter buses also drop off and pick up at this stop, including GRTA Xpress:

And CCT (view real-time northbound arrivals and real-time southbound arrivals)

  • 11 Bentley Road and Delk Road
  • 12 Windy Hill and Cobb Parkway
  • 100 North Cobb/Busbee Park and Ride near Town Center
  • 101 Marietta Transfer Center
  • 477 Hiram 278 Theatre Park and Ride
  • 480 Acworth Park and Ride
  • 481 Town Center Park and Ride
  • 900 Mableton Park and Ride

More Information

Navigating the Civic Center Station
Best of the Civic Center Station
Civic Center Station Area Pictures
Atlanta Megabus FAQ
Top 5 MARTA Stations to Park and Ride
Interstate Exits for MARTA Stations

Long-term MARTA Parking

MARTA to Gwinnett

While MARTA does not extend into Gwinnett, you can connect to the Gwinnett County Transit System from the Doraville Station.  As the last stop on the MARTA gold line, the Doraville Station provides access to GCT Route 10 that travels up Buford Highway through Norcross, ending at the Gwinnett Transfer Center/Gwinnett Place Mall.  The transfer center allows connections between all five local GCT routes and seven express routes.

There is also GRTA Express Route 410 that goes directly from the Lindbergh Station to Sugarloaf Mills.  And GRTA Express Route 412 goes to Discovery Mills from the Civic Center and Arts Center Stations in addition to several other midtown stops in between.

GRTA Express is $3 one way or $5 roundtrip.  GCT rates vary by route, from $2-$4.  Transfers to/from MARTA are free and you can use your Breeze Card for Route 10.

A Gwinnett light rail system is on the list of projects that could be supported by a one-cent sales tax.  Voters can support light rail expansion by voting in the Fall 2012 election.