The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Historic Site is in downtown Atlanta at 450 Auburn Avenue NE. Near the King Memorial MARTA station on the blue and green rail line, the site includes exhibits, Dr. and Mrs. King’s tomb, Ebenezer Baptist Church, King’s birth home tour and the King Center.
There are several ways to get to the historic area 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 then Peachtree Street East for the Peachtree Center streetcar stop. Or exit at the Georgia State MARTA station on the blue/green line and walk about 10 minutes to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market streetcar stop via Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. (The streetcar ride is much shorter from this station).
Purchase the $1 fare via the vending machines at the streetcar stops. Once on the streetcar, exit at the King Historic District stop. Note: streetcar fare is valid for two hours.
Note that if you are traveling from the blue or green line, you can also exit at the Georgia State MARTA station and walk about 10 minutes to a streetcar stop. Turn left on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive from the station.
Train + Walk
From the King Memorial MARTA station, the historic site is 15-20 minutes away on foot, though it is in a transitional area and best walked during the day and/or in a group. Cross over Decatur Street in front of the station at the stoplight and walk straight ahead on Hillard Street (toward the apartment buildings) to Auburn Avenue. Turn right on Auburn.
Relay Bikes are available to rent at the King Memorial station. Dock the bike on Jackson Street just south of Edgewood Avenue to speed up your commute. You can also bring your own bike with you on MARTA trains, or use the Stone Mountain PATH trail along Freedom Parkway to reach the historic site.
Connect with bus 899 at the Georgia State or King Memorial MARTA station for a short ride. The bus travels north on Jackson Street to the historic site. If you live in Midtown Atlanta, you can also board the bus at the North Avenue MARTA station and along North Avenue and Glen Iris Drive. Just make sure you board a southbound bus traveling away from Ponce de Leon Avenue.
- MARTA Map
- Atlanta Streetcar Map
- How to Ride MARTA Buses
- Atlanta Transit in the Days of MLK Jr.
- MARTA to the Center for Civil and Human Rights
Last updated June 2020