MARTA trains travel to and from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on a daily schedule, with weekend rail service on a different timetable than weekday. It’s an easy connection, with the Airport MARTA station at the end of baggage claim and typically low wait times, depending on the time of day. To better plan your flight or commute to/from the airport by train, here are some key things to know about MARTA schedules:
1. MARTA Does Not Run 24 hours
Rail service starts around 5 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends. Trains also stop running around 1 a.m. Avoid booking early morning flights if you want to ride a train to the airport. Also, if your flight gets in very late at night, you will need to find alternate transportation.
2. Night and Weekend Trains are Less Frequent
If you are traveling in the evening or on the weekend, that’s when you’ll want to check rail schedules or view real-time train arrival information because trains are every 20 minutes. The MARTA on the Go app has both the printed schedules and real-time arrivals, or view marta.io to get real-time train arrivals without downloading an app.
For those of you flying into Atlanta in the evening or at night, check the real-time train arrivals to determine if you have time to be leisurely or need to rush to make a connection. Especially in bad weather, it is more pleasant to spend more time inside the airport before going outside to board a train.
3. There Are Two Rail Line Schedules
There are two rail lines that connect with the airport: red and gold. They each have different schedules. The good news: If you are traveling to or from any station from the Airport to Lindbergh Center (see rail map), then you can board either train, and your wait time for a train is that much lower because you can just get on the first departing train.
Otherwise, the red line (marked North Springs) goes to Dunwoody and the Perimeter and the gold line (marked Doraville) goes to Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. Both stop in downtown Atlanta, Midtown and Buckhead.
For specific timetables, see the links below. Note that the red line does not go to the airport after 8:30 p.m. You’ll have to transfer to or from the gold line at the Lindbergh Center MARTA station.
4. Trains Don’t Always Follow the Printed Schedule
5. You Can View Schedules in Google Maps
For those traveling to the airport and are concerned about arriving at a specific time, we recommend planning your MARTA trip with Google Maps. You can enter your desired airport arrival time and Google will calculate which train you need to catch in order to make that happen.
Otherwise, for the most part, MARTA trains are relatively frequent on weekdays until about 7 p.m. so you can just go to the station and wait for the next train.