Transit Tips and Directions to Atlanta Destinations
Breeze Cards 101
The Breeze Card is the MARTA and regional transit fare card that electronically stores cash value, one-way trips and passes. The plastic card can be reused and refilled as needed online or in any MARTA station. While a Breeze Card is needed to ride the trains and get free transfers, you can pay cash to ride the buses if needed, but drivers can’t make change.
Here are some of the common questions and tips for using the card.
New Breeze Cards
As of Jan. 9 2016, MARTA switched to a more secure silver Breeze Card that costs $2 and is valid for three years.
The old (blue) Breeze Cards are no longer valid
Protect the balance on the card by calling 404-848-5000.
Breeze Card Cost and Fares
The silver card is $2 and can be reloaded at any time.
Don’t need a plastic card? Load fare on a paper ticket for $1 plus the cost of fare.
A one-way fare on MARTA is $2.50. Children 46 inches and under are free.
If you are 65 or older, disabled or have a Medicare card, you quality for a cheaper fare. Go to the MARTA headquarters near the Lindbergh Center station or the Five Points station Monday-Friday for a reduced fare card. See MARTA’s fare information to learn more.
Trips vs Passes
You can purchase “Trips”, which are one-way fares, or “Days”, which are day, weekly or monthly unlimited-use passes. Be sure to purchase two trips if you are making a round trip commute.
Day, weekly or monthly passes are useful if you plan to make two or more round trips per day (view all fares)
The cash value option is for use on regional bus services (CCT, GCT and GRTA Xpress)
Using Breeze Cards
At the fare gates or on the bus, tap the blue circle on your right to enter the rail station. Buses also have blue circles to tap next to the driver. Make sure you tap the blue circle when you exit a rail station as well. The tapping will open the fare gate and allow you to transfer for free to a bus.
Other Breeze Card Tips
A Breeze Card will not be demagnetized by being next to your credit card.
If you are handicapped or with children who qualify for a free fare, enter through the extra-wide handicap gate.
If you forget how much is left on your card, you can go to any of the Breeze vending machines and use the check balance option.
So are you being tracked? Apparently there is some data collected to monitor ridership in order to better plan routes and schedules, though no individual rider data is tracked.