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.
10. Major Malls
Lenox Square and Perimeter Mall both have a train station at their doorstep. 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! Phipps Plaza is also across the street from Lenox Square for more shopping.
9. Buckhead Business District
The Buckhead MARTA station is surrounded by office buildings, retail stores, condos, apartments and at least 10 hotels. Major business destinations include the Atlanta Financial Center, Terminus and Capital City buildings as well as the Atlanta Tech Village. There are plenty of restaurants as well, and bus 110 travels through the area with stops at the Buckhead Village and Atlanta History Center.
8. Georgia State University
Georgia State University is next to three MARTA stations: Georgia State, Five Points and Peachtree Center. Need more transit options? The Atlanta Streetcar route includes stops on campus and Edgewood Avenue has a bike path near GSU that travel through Old Fourth Ward and to the Inman Park neighborhood.
7. Fox Theatre
Less than 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. Waffle House
The first ever Waffle House opened near Atlanta in 1955 (you can visit the museum). But if you’re looking for scattered, smothered or covered hash browns along with all the other breakfast and lunch options, head to one of the multiple Waffle Houses that are above or next to train stations. View directions (Brookhaven, Decatur and Georgia State MARTA stations are your best bet).
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 DragonCon festivities over Labor Day weekend. The Peachtree Center MARTA station also has a connection with the Atlanta Streetcar and it’s easy to walk to a variety of downtown office buildings, hotels and major attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola from this location.
4. Downtown Decatur
Underneath the Decatur Square is the Decatur MARTA station on the blue line. Head to street level to explore unique shops and nearly 50 restaurants and bars without walking more than 10 minutes. Popular spots include Brick Store Pub, Iberian Pig and Victory Sandwich Bar. The square also has outdoor concerts, Fourth of July fireworks and numerous festivals throughout the year.
3. Downtown Sports Arenas
Take a blue or green line to the GWCC MARTA station for easy access to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena at street level. Sure beats sitting in downtown traffic or navigating the labyrinth parking garages. As a bonus, the Home Depot Backyard is next to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for events and festivities throughout the year. Note that the Backyard is easier to reach via the Vine City MARTA station.
2. Woodruff Arts Center
Less than a two-minute walk from the Arts Center MARTA station is the High Museum of Art, Symphony Hall and the Alliance Theater. Follow signs to Arts Center Way, which is two levels up from the train platform. The Woodruff Arts Center is also home to Octane Coffee and Twelve Eighty restaurant.
Getting to and from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is a no-brainer for MARTA. Atlanta has the best transit to airport connection in the United States. The Airport MARTA station is in the domestic terminal next to baggage claim and the nearby Ground Transportation area has a shuttle to the international terminals. View commute times to and from the airport to other stations. In some cases, it is faster to take the train than to drive.
Last updated April 2020 to remove Underground Atlanta, which has been closed by developers for some time.