MARTA might not go everywhere, but trains do provide easy access to some Atlanta destinations. Here are 10 of the easiest places to get to for commute ideas that don’t involve traffic and parking fees. View other destinations by category for more MARTA directions and tips.
10. Lenox Mall/Perimeter Mall
Both of these major malls have a train station at their door step. Take a gold line train to the Lenox MARTA station for Lenox Square and a red line train to the Dunwoody MARTA station for Perimeter Mall. Doesn’t get any easier!
9. Buckhead Hotels
If you are visiting Atlanta, the Buckhead MARTA station is surrounded by at least 10 hotels and in walking distance to Lenox Mall. There are plenty of restaurants as well, and bus 110 travels through the area and provides an entire tour of Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Street and easy access to destinations including the Buckhead Village, Atlanta History Center and the Amtrak Station.
8. Georgia State University
The Georgia State MARTA station is aptly named. Georgia State University is next to the station, and the campus is also near the Five Points and Peachtree Center MARTA stations. Need more transit options? The Atlanta Streetcar route stops on campus and Edgewood Avenue has a bike path that travels to the Eastside BeltLine Trail, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park.
7. Fox Theatre
About a block away from the Fox Theatre is the North Avenue MARTA station — a great way to avoid expensive parking in the area. For the easiest walk, follow the signs pointing to the Fox Theatre after exiting the train in the north end of the station. This exit will take you through an indoor mall to 3rd Street. Turn right on 3rd and right again at the first intersection on Peachtree Street.
6. Underground Atlanta
The Five Points MARTA station is directly connected to Underground Atlanta where you’ll find touristy shops, food court, a handful of restaurants and the Peach Drop on New Year’s Eve. Follow the signs pointing to “Street” from the train platform and use the Peachtree Street exit. After going through the fare gate, immediately turn right for a tunnel to Underground Atlanta.
5. Peachtree Center
Peachtree Center isn’t just a MARTA station. It’s also the name of the group of office buildings and hotels directly above it. Perks include a weekly farmer’s market, food court, mall, and easy access to several Atlanta parades and Dragon Con festivities over Labor Day weekend.
4. Downtown Decatur
The Decatur MARTA station sits right under the Decatur Square (pictured above) — can’t get much closer than that. You’ll find unique shops and nearly 50 restaurants and bars in walking distance. Popular spots include Brick Store Pub, Leon’s, Iberian Pig and Cakes and Ale. The square is also has outdoor concerts, fireworks on July 4 and numerous festivals throughout the year.
3. Philips Arena/Georgia Dome
Exit at the Dome/Philips Arena station on the blue/green rail line for direct access to the Georgia Dome and a MARTA entrance to Philips Arena at street level. Sure beats sitting in downtown traffic or navigating the labyrinth parking garages. The new Falcons stadium is under construction next door, so you’ll still be able to get to all the football games easily without a car.
2. Woodruff Arts Center
Less than a two minute walk out of the Arts Center MARTA station is the High Museum of Art, Symphony Hall and the Alliance Theater. The buildings are literally next to the MARTA station. Follow signs to Arts Center Way, which is two levels up from the train platform.
Getting to and from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport domestic terminals is a no-brainer for MARTA. The Airport MARTA station is also next to check-in kiosks for Southwest and Delta.