Live in Atlanta without a car or just looking for more ways to avoid traffic? MARTA can help you get to work, the mall, bike paths, a grocery store or provide a commute hack to avoid gridlock. See below to explore five MARTA stations that are great for locals — either for parking, amenities or just plain fun.
The Lindbergh Center MARTA station is a great place to park if you’re heading to work, a festival, concert or sporting event — two parking decks have free daily parking and there’s also one deck for long-term parking for $8/day. Plus, there’s easy access to Piedmont Avenue, Ga. 400 and I-85. This station also is one stop away from Lenox Square Mall (any northbound train works), so park and ride to avoid the crazy traffic in Buckhead.
Not only is the Midtown MARTA station near many restaurants, bars, clubs and festivals, it’s also no more than a block away from a grocery store. The Publix in Midtown is a good option for downtown and midtown residents or anyone looking for an easy spot to buy groceries. If you aren’t running errands (you can also get your hair cut, go to the bank, visit a spa), the Midtown station is also handy for a night out on the town or playing in Piedmont Park.
Near Little 5 Points, the BeltLine Eastside Trail, Edgewood bike path, parks and shopping options at the Edgewood Retail District, the Inman Park MARTA station provides access to a livable area with lots of amenities. Go for a bike ride, attend a show or shop at Target, Kroger, Best Buy, Ross, Loews and Barnes and Noble. If that’s not enough, three buses depart from the station and travel to East Atlanta. The free daily parking lot is also the closest place to park and ride if you reside in Little 5, Reynoldstown, Inman Park, Poncey Highland or Virginia Highland.
If you don’t already take MARTA to the airport, it’s an incredibly easy commute. Walk, ride the bus or take Uber or Lyft to your nearest station, or park at a designated MARTA long-term parking area. The Airport MARTA station is attached to the domestic terminal and as an additional perk, just outside the MARTA station is the shuttle to the international terminal and the SkyTrain to a rental car center if you are looking for an easy way to rent a car for a road trip or local use.
The Sandy Springs MARTA station has a massive parking deck for daily and overnight parking at the Perimeter Center if you live north of Atlanta or off Ga. 400. Just one stop away from North Springs, parking at Sandy Springs provides an option that North Springs doesn’t: the ability to get on Ga. 400 southbound. This station is also next to a movie theater, near numerous and convenient shopping options (including proximity to Perimeter Mall) and a short walk or drive away to a variety of housing, including apartments, condos, townhomes and single-family homes if you’re looking to buy or rent near MARTA (and prefer a more suburban environment).