How to Ride MARTA Trains

MARTA, or the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, is one of the easiest rail systems to use. There are only four rail lines: red and gold (north/south) and blue and green (east/west). Plus, the fare is the same no matter how far you travel. To learn how to ride the trains, view the video above and see the tips below.

1. Start at a Station

First, start your trip at a MARTA rail station. You can walk to a station, drive and park, have someone drop you off or take a bus (almost all bus routes connect to one or more stations).

If you aren’t sure of your nearest station use Google Maps with your start and end address and click on the transit icon to view your bus and rail options. Or view the MARTA station map.

2. Purchase Fare

Look for Breeze Card vending machines in all MARTA train stations to purchase fare. You can use cash or credit card. Choose from one-way trips or day passes. Riders should always purchase a roundtrip fare unless only a one-way trip is needed. Children under 46″ ride free (limit two children per paying adult). See MARTA Fares for more information.

Once you have a Breeze Card or ticket, tap your card on the blue circle to the right of a fare gate to enter. It will beep and open. There is one extra wide gate available at every station, which can be used by families with children and commuters with wheelchairs, bikes, strollers or luggage.

3. Follow Signs

Signs in all stations provide directions to the train platforms. There are Northbound, Southbound, Eastbound and Westbound platforms based on the direction of train travel. Trains are also marked with the last station they travel to. Look at a MARTA map ahead of time to know your direction of travel, or look for a rail map in the station. Common directions are:

Airport – South
North Springs/Doraville – North
Decatur, Indian Creek – East
H.E. Holmes, Bankhead – West

Board the train when it arrives, paying attention to the destination marked on the train and announcements made by the train operator. Keep in mind that two different trains may share the same tracks.

4. Transfer if Needed

If you need to transfer to a different line, you can transfer between all rail lines at Five Points or between the red and gold lines at the Lindbergh Center station.

5. Tap to Exit

After exiting the train at your destination station, tap your Breeze Card again to open the fare gates. Tapping your card when you exit also puts a free transfer to a bus on your card.

More Information

MARTA Train Schedules

MARTA Station Guides
Top 10 Stations for Tourists