• For information on the Atlanta public transportation system, visit the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority website, (MARTA). The MARTA system of trains and buses is extensive and services the vast majority of popular destinations and attractions in Atlanta. The easiest way to plan your trip is to use the MyCommute-Trip Planner function on the MARTA website. Using GoogleMaps is even easier.  Choose the transit routes and plan your trip via the transit system.  It seems sometimes easier to use.
  • Atlanta's mass transit system will cost you far less than a taxi or renting a car. For the most part, the buses and trains are clean, air conditioned, well maintained and patrolled by MARTA staff. Train stations are generally well lit.

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. 

  • Cobb Community Transit (CCT) provides transportation within Cobb County, including destinations such as Town Center Mall and Kennesaw State University. To connect between MARTA and CCT the #10 CCT bus services Marta's Arts Center, Civic Center, Peachtree Center and Five Points train/ transit stations.
  • Gwinnett County Transit services such popular destinations as Discover Mills Mall and Buford Highway, north of Atlanta. 

Some areas offer free bus services.

  • MARTA offersshuttle service to Turner Field for MARTA riders departing from West End Station beginning 90 minutes before each game. 
  • In the summertime MARTA runs a shuttle to Six Flags Over Georgia from the Hamilton E. Holmes Station.
  • In the Buckhead area, grab the FREE ride on Buckhead's fast, free shuttle service, the Buc Ride. You can ride between the popular Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, a variety of great restaurants, and office complexes. This service operates Mon-Fri in the morning from ~ 6:30am - 9:30am and in the evenings from 3:30pm - 7pm. The buses are scheduled to run every 10-15 minutes, but can be slow when traffic is bad. Some days you can *almost* walk to your destination faster than the bus can get you there.
  • You can catch a free shuttle to Atlantic Station at the MARTA Arts Center Station
  • Georgia Tech Trolley provides service between the Institute’s Transit Hub on Ferst Drive and the Midtown MARTA Station on 10th Street. It stops at many locations throughout campus and Midtown along the way, including Tech Square and Publix grocery store at Spring Street and Peachtree Place. Georgia Tech also has campus shuttles and a shuttle to Emory University.
  • Emory University offers campus shuttles, commuter shuttles and other routes.