Super Bowl 2019: 5 things to know about MARTA service

Super Bowl 2019 is fast approaching. Fans will be descending on Atlanta, so expect traffic unless you opt to ride MARTA. Here’s what you need to know about schedules, commute options, parking and more over Super Bowl weekend.

1. Pre-Game and Protect Your Fare

Image result for super bowl breeze cardIf possible, buy fare for the entire Super Bowl weekend before it starts to avoiding waiting in lines. You can buy fare and add it to a $1 paper ticket or a $2 plastic card via vending machines at all rail stations or add fare to an existing Breeze Card online. (Also go online to register your card and protect the balance). Calculate the number of one-way trips you will make and purchase that amount, or choose a day pass option if you will be riding frequently. Note that if you are traveling with a group of people, each person must have their own fare card or ticket. Fare gates will not open if a ticket or card is used consecutively in a station.

2. MARTA on 24-Hour Schedule

Here’s your chance to get around Atlanta at any time of day on trains. Rail service will begin at 4 a.m. on Friday of Super Bowl weekend and run all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The 24-hour service ends 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. View next arriving trains online or the printed schedules, although should there be any delays, the printed schedule will no longer be valid. Train frequency is every 20 minutes Saturday and Sunday, but stations on two or more rail lines will have faster service due to the multiple lines (includes Airport to Lindbergh Center).

Additionally, buses 15, 39, 83 and 196 will operate 24 hours over the same time period.

  • Bus 15 departs from the Decatur MARTA station and travels to the South Dekalb mall
  • Bus 39 travels on Buford Highway to many international restaurants and stops at the Doraville and Lindbergh Center stations
  • Bus 83 travels to and from the Oakland City MARTA station with stops at Greenbriar Mall and Barge Road Park and Ride
  • Bus 196 travels between the College Park MARTA station and Southlake Mall

And sorry if you are here from out of town: the streetcar is not running well because Atlanta is a car-centric city and traffic is blocking the streetcar, so don’t rely on that form of transportation.

3. Some Buses Will Be Rerouted

Several buses will have reroutes due to road closures. Check online for latest reroute information over Super Bowl weekend.

4. Multiple Train Stations are Near the Stadium

There are three MARTA stations in walking distance of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that we recommend:

  1. Mercedes-Benz Station (walking time 3 minutes)
  2. Five Points (walking time 10 minutes)
  3. Peachtree Center (walking time 17 minutes)

To avoid some of the crowds, consider walking from the Peachtree Center MARTA station on the red and gold lines via the John Portman/Peachtree Street West exit (or hop on the streetcar or e-scooter to ride part of the way). You can also walk from the Five Points MARTA station, but the area isn’t as nice. Use the Forsyth Street exit to leave the Five Points station, turn left on Forsyth then right on MLK Jr. Drive (view walking map).

Rider Alert: The Vine City MARTA station’s pedestrian bridge will not be open to the public and cannot be used to to reach the stadium.

5. MARTA Parking Lots May Fill Up

There are free daily MARTA parking lots at train stations around Atlanta. Plan to arrive early on Super Bowl Sunday to get a spot, otherwise, many lots may fill up. We highly recommend getting dropped off at a train station, such as with an Uber or Lyft car. You can get 50% off a Lyft ride to a MARTA station with the code SUPERMARTA.

If you plan to park early, you can get breakfast or brunch near a rail station before heading downtown or pregame at a bar near MARTA. If you don’t want to transfer trains, then park at a MARTA station on the blue rail line. Good stations to park at that also have overflow neighborhood street parking: Candler Park, East Lake and Avondale on the east side of Atlanta. As a general tip, never leave anything visible inside your car.

Parking in Midtown is another option, though it won’t be free. There are metered parking spots on West Peachtree Street next to the North Avenue MARTA station and several parking garages.

More Information

Breeze Cards 101
How to Ride MARTA Trains
MARTA Super Bowl Guide
Free Super Bowl Events Near MARTA