2. Download and Use the Apps

If you are planning a rail commute when trains are every 20 minutes or are trying to catch a bus while on the go, using the MARTA on the Go app is key. Real-time information for both buses and trains are available, so there is no guessing when your ride will show up. This is especially helpful in case there are any delays.

There is also a separate Atlanta Streetcar app that you might want to download if you plan to ride it. The app allows you to prepay your fare, otherwise, you have to buy it at a streetcar stop via a vending machine. (Note: no transfers from MARTA buses or trains). View the ATL Streetcar iOS app and Android app.

3. Purchase the Best Fare (for everyone in your party)

One mistake that new riders make is putting fare for their entire party on one Breeze Card or ticket. Unfortunately, that won’t work. Every person needs to have their own Breeze card or ticket in order to enter and exit the fare gates. Regardless of the fare you choose, you have to pay a $1 fee for a paper ticket or $2 for a plastic/reloadable card for each person. The exception is children under 46″ — two can ride free with a paying adult.

When choosing your fare, you have the option to add one-way trips or a variety of day passes. If you plan to use MARTA regularly for a commute to work/school or are visiting Atlanta for several days, it is often more cost effective to purchase daily, weekly or monthly passes instead of individual trips (see pass options and prices).

Additionally, there are discounts for groups, students K-12 in Fulton and Dekalb counties, college students and a reduced fare program for senior citizens, disabled patrons and those on Medicare.

Tip: If you commute to work on weekdays only, buy the 20 trip option two times each month to save money. As an extra hack, set up autopay online so your 20 trips renew automatically after you used them all.

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