Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was recently ranked number one in the United States for best connection to public transit by the Global Gateway Alliance. The MARTA Airport station conveniently connects to baggage claim and provides direct service to downtown Atlanta and Buckhead for only $2.50 in about the same amount of time as it would take to drive. A great way to take advantage of this perk is to choose a hotel near a MARTA station if you are planning a visit to Atlanta. You can easily save time and money by hopping on a train to reach your accommodations, especially if your arrival happens to be during rush hour.
To plan your trip, see below for three things to consider when choosing a hotel near MARTA. Trains operate every 20 minutes on the weekend and after 9 p.m., with greater frequency during peak weekday rush hour. View the MARTA station map and train schedules to learn more.
1. Choose a hotel off the red or gold MARTA line
The Airport MARTA station is at the end of the red and gold rail lines. To simplify your transit commute, choose a hotel on one of these lines for direct service. Fortunately, most Atlanta hotels can be found nearby, with the Peachtree Center, Civic Center, North Avenue, Midtown and Arts Center MARTA stations offering the best hotel options and easiest commutes (view hotels by station). If you prefer or plan to stay in Buckhead, two MARTA stations serve the area, one on the red line (Buckhead) and one on the gold line (Lenox), which may involve a train transfer to the appropriate line at the Lindbergh Center MARTA station. However, many destinations in Buckhead are accessible from either station, and you can walk from one to the other in 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Consider what activities are most important to you
To maximize your Atlanta visit, choose a hotel in an area that provides the easiest access to the attractions and activities that are important to you. Staying in downtown Atlanta near the Dome, Peachtree Center or Civic Center MARTA stations is a good choice if you are attending a convention at the Georgia World Congress Center, going to a concert or sporting event, have business to do downtown or enjoy a city experience where you can walk to major attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola and Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Midtown is a nicer area that is a short train ride away from these major sights if you’d rather not stay downtown, but still want to be close to activities. Additional perks of staying in Midtown near the Midtown or Arts Center MARTA stations include the ability to walk to many art and nightlife venues as well as the large and popular Piedmont Park. If you love outdoor runs, museums, the arts, bars/clubs or all of the above, this area is your best bet.
Lastly, hotels near the Lenox and Buckhead MARTA stations are great for tourists and travelers who like to shop. Two malls and many other stores are in walking distance of both stations as well as higher-end restaurants and Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel (trendy nightlife lounge with rooftop bar). Midtown and downtown are only 10 to 15 minutes away on the train for half-day or full-day sightseeing excursions, but if you prefer to end the day with a more luxury hotel experience, choose a hotel in Buckhead near one of the two MARTA stations. There are two near Lenox (J.W. Marriott and Atlanta Marriott Buckhead) and many others near the Buckhead station.