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The MARTA rail line has a station at the west end of the Atlanta airport, near the Ground Transportation area. You can ride downtown in approximately 20 minutes. You can also go directly to Midtown (apx 25 mins), Buckhead (apx 35 mins), the Perimeter Mall area (apx 40 mins), Doraville or North Springs. By comparison, during rush hour, it could easily take over an hour in a taxi or car. Make sure to note if your destination from the airport is on the Red Line or the Yellow Line and board the correct train.
To use MARTA, you purchase a Breeze card at one of many easy-to-use machines at the station entrance. Each ride is $2.50 and you are charged $1.00 initially to purchase the reusable card. You can load a single trip or up to 20 trips for $42.50. MARTA also sells day passes, which allows unlimited rides for a flat fee. A single day pass is $9.00, a 4-day pass is $19.00 and a 7-day pass is $23.75. On your Breeze card, transfers are automatic, and you are allowed 4 transfers within a 3-hour period. Transfers do not apply to round-trip travel.
To enter the train station, you tap your card at the turnstile. Be sure to keep your card handy, as you will need to tap it again to exit the train station. You also tap your card to ride the bus, you do not need to tap your card to exit the bus.
In addition to MARTA, a number of other transit systems can give you access to more remote areas.
Some areas offer free bus services.