Tips for Riding MARTA to and from the Atlanta Airport
If you’re going to ride MARTA at all, take it to or from the busiest airport in the world. The Airport MARTA station is in the domestic terminal of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, providing an inexpensive and traffic-free way to travel. Whether you live in Atlanta or are visiting, see below for tips to make your commute easier.
Getting to the Airport on MARTA
Connecting with MARTA rail is the first step in getting to the airport on transit. A few MARTA stations offer overnight parking, ranging from $5-$8/day, which is cheaper than airport parking (cheapest airport rates are $10/day).
Once you determine your starting station or location, use Google Maps to plan your trip, using the airport as the destination. Select the transit icon to view MARTA schedules, being sure to adjust the settings to choose the day and time you wish to arrive at the airport. Google will calculate which train you need to catch in order to arrive at the airport at your desired time. For more information, view travel times from each MARTA station to the airport to get a quick overview.
Note that only southbound trains go to the airport. If you are traveling from the blue or green rail line, transfer at the Five Points station to the southbound train platform one level down.
Connecting With MARTA at the Atlanta Airport
If you are arriving in Atlanta, follow signs to the baggage claim, which usually involves taking the internal plane train from your concourse to the baggage claim stop. You’ll go up a tall escalator, at which point you’ll be facing the Airport MARTA station, but it won’t be visible due to restrooms that are immediately in front of it. Turn right or left to enter the North or South baggage claim area… both have doors that lead into the rail station near the last baggage claim carousel.
Inside the station you can buy or reload a Breeze Card or get a paper Breeze ticket at the station vending machine. RideStores are also staffed during business hours if you want to purchase fare via a person.
In most cases you will select “trips” to add to your fare card or ticket, which are one-way fares. If you plan to ride MARTA multiple times a day, then choose the “day” option so you can purchase a pass with unlimited rides.
All trains departing the Airport MARTA station go northbound and stop at Five Points, Peachtree Center, Civic Center, North Avenue, Midtown, Arts Center and Lindbergh Center (plus all stations between the airport and downtown Atlanta). If any of those stops are your destination, get on the first departing train.
Board a Doraville train if you are going to Lenox, Brookhaven, Chamblee or Doraville.
Board a North Springs train if you are going to Buckhead, Medical Center, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs or North Springs.
After 8:30 p.m., you can only get to Buckhead, Medical Center, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and North Springs via the Lindbergh Center MARTA station. If you reach the Airport MARTA station after 8:30 p.m., get on the first train that departs the airport and travel to Lindbergh Center and transfer to a North Springs train there.
A special note for Atlanta visitors and tourists: You can easily get to hotels in Atlanta near MARTA on the train, which can save you money on a taxi or shuttle.