Flowers Park is a small City of Doravile park near the Doraville MARTA station on the gold rail line (see area map). The 4.7 acre park is completely wooded and features a public swimming pool that offers water aerobic classes.
Take a northbound gold line train to Doraville and use any exit to leave the station. All exits lead to New Peachtree Road. Turn right on New Peachtree Road and walk about a block. The park will be on the left, which you can reach via an alley between the woods and a brick building (just beyond the church). You can also reach the pool behind a shopping center on Buford Highway.
Walking time is about 15 minutes from the station to the center. Turn left on New Peachtree Road in front of the station and walk about two blocks then turn right on Longmire Way. Bus 104 that departs from the Doraville MARTA station also stops nearby.
The Doraville Public Library is a short walk from the Doraville MARTA station at 3748 Park Avenue. Special features of the library include Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese collections as well as ESL classes and citizenship resources.
Take a gold line Doraville train to the Doraville MARTA station. Take the closest exit out of the station to reach the parking lots and the street in front of the station, which is New Peachtree Road. Cross the street at the stoplight, which is Park Avenue. The library is less than a block down on the left.
On MARTA take a gold line Doraville train to the Doraville station. For the shortest walk, exit the station at the south end near the long-term parking deck and parking lots. Walk to the street and cross it at the stoplight, which is Park Avenue. The court is a few buildings down on the left.
You must take a northbound trained marked “Doraville” to reach the station. If traveling from the blue or green line, transfer at the Five Points MARTA station to a northbound, gold line train. Or if traveling from the north red line, go south to the Lindbergh Center MARTA station and transfer to a Doraville train there.
Once at the Doraville station, take any exit out of the station and turn left on New Peachtree Road (the street in front of the station). The road will take you to the back side of the market. Turn right on Longmire Way to reach the front entrance (see walking map).
Buford Highway is one of Atlanta’s major roads full of international restaurants, markets and shopping centers. It stretches from Buckhead to Buford, Georgia, with MARTA bus 39 servicing part of the highway from its start in the city to I-285.
You can walk to Buford Highway from the Doraville MARTA station — it’s just two blocks east of the station. Or board bus 39 at the Doraville or Lindbergh Center MARTA station.
Use caution when walking in the area. There are many lanes of traffic and the area is known for being one of the most dangerous for pedestrians. Be sure to cross the street at a crosswalk and at a stoplight.
Bus 39 is one of the more frequent routes in the city, with service about every 15 minutes or less.
Tucker, GA is a neighborhood and city northeast of Atlanta, near the intersection of I-85 and I-285. The closest MARTA station is Doraville on the gold line, and the Chamblee and Brookhaven MARTA stations are also nearby. All three stations offer daily parking for commuters.
There are four buses that service the area:
Bus 124 connects to the Doraville MARTA station and downtown Tucker via Chamblee Tucker Road
Bus 75 connects to the Avondale MARTA station and downtown Tucker via Lawrenceville Highway
Bus 120 connects to the Avondale MARTA station via Mountain Industrial Blvd and Idlewood Road
Bus 126 connects to the Chamblee MARTA station and Northlake Mall
Norcross is an Atlanta suburb northeast of downtown, closest to the Doraville MARTA station on the gold rail line. Near the intersection of I-85 and I-285, the area contains the northern stretch of Buford Highway and neighbors Dunwoody.
Due to its location in Gwinnett County, Norcross is not part of the MARTA system. However, there are regional buses operated by GCT and GRTA Xpress that connect with the Doraville station (see transit map). In particular, GCT bus 35 goes to Norcross from the MARTA station Monday-Friday. It is free to transfer from MARTA to the bus.
If you need transit options on the weekend or don’t want to take a bus, you’ll need to arrange for a car service like an area taxi (many wait at the Doraville station), Uber or Lyft. Use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride. Sign up here. Note that commute time in a car from Doraville to Norcross is about 12 minutes without traffic.
BrandsMart USA is located at 5000 Motors Industrial Way, closest to the Doraville MARTA station on the gold rail line. The large retail store offers a variety of products at a discounted rate, including deals on electronics, furniture and appliances. From the Doraville station, board bus 25 to reach the store, which is the first major stop after the bus leaves the station.
Brown Mackie College is located at 4370 Peachtree Road NE, closest to the Brookhaven MARTA station on the gold rail line. From the Brookhaven station, board a northbound bus 25 (to Doraville) or walk just over 15 minutes to reach the college. Take the Peachtree Road exit out of the station and cross the street at the nearest stoplight. Once across the street, turn right and walk up Peachtree Road about three blocks. You can also board bus 25 at the Lenox and Doraville stations, or the Medical Center station on alternating trips.
Town Brookhaven is a mixed-use shopping, dining and residential district at 4330 Peachtree Road NE near the Brookhaven MARTA station on the gold rail line. Major stores include Publix, Costco and Marshalls, or eat at a restaurant, work out at L.A. Fitness or watch a movie at CinéBistro.
Follow the signs pointing to street to exit the MARTA station. Turn right in front of the station towards Dresden Drive then left on Dresden and cross over Peachtree Road. Turn right on Peachtree and walk about 20 minutes.
You can also board bus 25 at the station (northbound toward the Doraville station), which stops next to Town Brookhaven. Bus 25 also departs from the Doraville, Medical Center and Lenox MARTA stations.
On MARTA, take a gold line train labeled “Doraville” to the Doraville station. Walk straight out of the station on to Park Avenue and cross over Buford Highway at the stoplight. Immediately turn left on Buford Highway and walk about a block to Clearview Avenue and turn right (see walking map).
Mercer University is located in the northeast part of the city near I-285 . To get there on MARTA, take the gold line train (labeled “Doraville”) to the Chamblee MARTA station. If you are traveling from the blue-green rail line, exit at Five Points and follow the signs to the northbound platform and wait for a Doraville train there.
From the station, board bus 126. Weekdays the bus travels on to the campus. Exit the bus at the intersection of Chamblee Tucker Road and Mercer University Drive right after the bus goes under I-85, and walk about 12 minutes (see walking map).
You must use the Gwinnett County Transit system to get to Lawrenceville, as MARTA only operates in Atlanta. Route 40 goes to downtown Lawrenceville and travels on Old Norcross Road, Pike Street, Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville Highway and Sugarloaf Parkway, but only operates Monday through Friday.
To get to Route 40 on MARTA, there are several options:
Take a northbound Doraville train to the Doraville Station and get on Gwinnett County Transit Route 10 and exit at the Gwinnett Transfer Center or at Sugarloaf Mills. From there you can pick up Route 40 deeper into Lawrenceville
Another way to get up to Gwinnett is to take GRTA Xpress Route 412 from the Lindbergh Center station or 410 outside the Arts Center, Midtown and North Avenue stations . This route will get you to Sugarloaf Mills in about 30 minutes, where you can also transfer to Route 40. However, this bus only runs Monday-Friday and does not offer return service, so you would have to take Route 10 back to MARTA.
This is a total monster of a commute, be advised. Not counting the time it might take you to get to the Doraville or Lindbergh station, from there, you are looking at 35 minutes to the transfer center/Sugarloaf Mills. If you need to travel onward into Lawrenceville, the end of the line on Route 40 at Sugarloaf Parkway and Five Forks Trickum Road is another 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Also, keep in mind that if you are traveling on the weekend, the best you can do is get to Sugarloaf Mills on Route 10 on Saturday only. You could take a taxi from Discovery Mills (5900 Sugarloaf Parkway) to downtown Lawrenceville, which is about six miles away and will cost upwards of $15.
Several express buses also depart from the Lawrenceville/Gwinnett area and travel to downtown Atlanta:
While MARTA does not extend into Gwinnett, you can connect with Gwinnett County Transit at the Doraville MARTA station at the end of the gold rail line. GCT Route 10 departs from the station and travels north on Buford Highway through Norcross, ending at the Gwinnett Transfer Center/Gwinnett Place Mall. The transfer center allows connections between all GCT routes.
Transfers to/from MARTA are free — the Breeze Card can be used as payment on all area transit systems. To save time, request an Uber or Lyft car at the Doraville MARTA station or take one of the waiting taxis to your final destination.