MARTA gets way smarter if you know where to park your car for free and ride the train into the city for major events and other destinations that are easy to get to on MARTA. Here are the top five stations that are easy to park at, and some even offer the perk of long-term parking if you are traveling to the airport.
These two stations represent the east/west end of the line (or near the end of the line) stations, great if you live outside the perimeter. Kensington (see map) is near I-285 on the east side (closest to Stone Mountain and Lawrenceville area) and has free daily parking and paid long-term parking at $5/day. On the opposite end, H.E. Holmes is near the intersection of West I-285 and I-20 and has free daily parking.
If you live south of downtown, the West End free daily parking is the closest you can get to downtown Atlanta. It is only two stops away from Five Points, but it isn’t the safest station in the MARTA system.
Inman Park/Candler Park
If you live east of the city and are traveling to downtown for an event, the Inman Park and Candler Park MARTA stations offer free lots near downtown. Recommended for riders who live inside the perimeter and who also live in the vicinity of Decatur, Virginia Highland, Morningside, Candler Park, Inman Park, East Atlanta, Kirkwood, Oakhurst, Druid Hills. All eastbound trains stop at these stations, which reduces your commute time.
The end of the line stations in the north of the city also offer free daily parking AND paid long-term parking at $8/day — great for going to the airport. The Doraville station is closest to Norcross and Duluth, while North Springs has its own exit off of Georgia 400, and is the closest to Roswell and Alpharetta. The Sandy Springs station is probably easier to get to if you don’t live up 400, and also has long-term and daily parking.
Lindbergh Center has several free parking garages and a paid long-term parking area at $8/day, and is a short hop off of I-85 and Georgia 400. You can easily get to airport trains as well as both North Springs and Doraville trains. It is a great place to park if you live near Midtown, Buckhead, Emory, North Druid Hills and are going to the High Museum, Fox Theatre, Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium, downtown Atlanta venues and the airport.