Downtown -- "everything is waiting for you" sings Petula Clark. Well, in downtown Atlanta, there are many things that are waiting, such as the opening of a grocery store. However, although you need to venture out of the neighborhood for shopping, downtown does offer easy access to many office buildings, Fulton County government offices, tourist attractions and Georgia State University. And, the high walkability and access to transit make downtown a suitable place to live without a car. Read on to see how to best use MARTA if you live in the area or plan to move there.
Nearest Train Station
Downtown Atlanta has six MARTA stations in its vicinity: Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN, Georgia State, Garnett, Five Points, Peachtree Center and Civic Center. Besides the Dome and Georgia State stations on the blue/green rail line, the other four are located on or near Peachtree Street and West Peachtree Street. None of these stations have parking due to being in the city center.
There are numerous bus routes that depart from the Five Points MARTA station and travel all around the city. One of the highlights, bus 110, travels the entire length of Peachtree Street/Peachtree Road from downtown to Buckhead. Bus 3 is also a good route, providing access to Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and Candler Park on weekdays, as well as the Atlanta University Center. Bus 32 gets you to Turner Field and Zoo Atlanta. You can also head to the Civic Center station for access to the Megabus. Regional buses (GRTA Xpress, CCT and GCT) can be found at the Five Points, Peachtree Center and Civic Center stations.
MARTA Best Bets
If you're going to ride MARTA, use it for these destinations:
- Publix grocery store, restaurants and nightlife near the Midtown station
- Edgewood Retail District (includes Target and Kroger) near the Inman Park station
- Employers off any rail line, including jobs in downtown Decatur, Midtown, Buckhead and Perimeter
- Atlanta University Center