If you are new to MARTA or not sure how to get to a new destination, figuring out what bus or train to use and what direction to go can be a bit confusing. Luckily, there are several different online tools to help you get from point A to point B.
MARTA Trip Planner
The first option is using MARTA’s trip planner found on the MARTA homepage via the “Plan a Trip” link. If you have a small computer monitor, it can be hard to see, as it is located in the upper right side of the homepage and you may have to scroll over. You have the option to select your arrival or departure time and the date. Results are limited to a half-mile walking distance if walking is involved with the trip.
The recommended option for MARTA trip planning is Google Maps. It can be used easily on a smartphone or computer and has the powerful Google search built-in. Like the other tools, there is the option to select the desired departure or arrival time. Additionally, it will also tell you the approximate walking time to/from the rail stations and bus stops, how long you have to transfer between buses and trains and the total commute time for several trip options.
A new app on the market, RideScout helps you plan your commute using transit, Zipcar and taxis. It can be useful if your final destination isn't very MARTA accessible and you need price out and plan other transit options. It currently doesn't include regional transit or the free shuttles such as the ones that go to Georgia Tech, Emory, Atlantic Station and around the Buckhead business district. For hard to reach destinations, you can also use Uber with promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first ride.
If trip planning online is difficult or not very accessible, MARTA also offers a trip planning service through the phone. Call 404-848-5000 for assistance.