Buses leaving from Downtown run directly to some of the
most popular places in town, including Midtown, Virginia-Highland,
Little Five Points, Candler Park, Grant Park, Atlanta University
Center, Georgia Tech and even East Atlanta.
Below is a listing of some of the
buses a Downtown resident simply should not do without,
along with some of the places that can be reached along
- Auburn Ave. / MLK Jr. Drive
This bus runs from Downtown onto historic Auburn Avenue,
past the King Center, Ebeneezer Baptist Church and through
the MLK Jr. Historic District. On about every other trip,
this bus also goes out to Inman Park and Little Five Points,
ending its run at the Candler Park MARTA station.
How to know if the bus is going out to where you want
it? If you have the schedule, check! Also see what
the sign on the front of the bus says - if it says "Candler
Park" it's going to the Candler Park Station. Third, ask
the driver when you get on the bus.
Where to catch this bus? This bus can be caught
at the bus stop on Peachtree Street at the corner of Peachtree
and Marietta, across the street from Atlanta Fashion and
Gift Mart and next door to the green parking deck. Be
aware that during rush hour, this bus can be very crowded.
- Toney Valley
Want to make a quick trip down to East Atlanta Village but
want to avoid finding a place to park? This bus run from
Downtown onto MLK Jr. Drive and onto Glenwood Avenue all
the way out to Candler Road. On the way it passes through
East Atlanta Village, a funky neighborhood where you can
get everything from gourmet burritos (Burrito Art) to vintage
clothes (Dressing Room) to a great night on the town (Fountainhead
Lounge, Mary's, etc.)
Where do you go to get this bus? At the bus stop
by the intersection of Wall Street and Pryor Street. Where
is that? Just walk up Peachtree Street toward the Underground
and go down the street by the statue of the man covered
in rainbow splotches. Cross the street to wait under the
new bus shelter with the green roof. Ask the people around
if you're in the right spot if you're not sure (a.k.a.
ask, "Hey, does this bus going to East Atlanta?").
- Peachtree Street
Since Peachtree Street is the street and this bus
runs up and down Peachtree, this is one of the buses
in Atlanta. Going north, this is Route 10 and runs from
Downtown up Peachtree into Midtown to Arts Center station on 15th Street and finally going all the way up to Atlantic Station on 17th St., with an endpoint at IKEA! This bus is a great
way to reach Peachtree Center, Crawford Long Hospital and
the Fox Theatre, Atlantaic Station, not to mention a lot of restaurants, stores,
and residential areas in between. A short walk from the
route will also let you reach popular destinations like
Piedmont Park and Outwrite Books, both located along 10th
So where do you get this bus? To head north
up to Midtown, go to the bus stop on Peachtree Street
at the corner of Peachtree and Marietta, across the street
from Atlanta Fashion and Gift Mart and next door to the
green parking deck - or catch it Route 10 any bus stop
along the northbound side of Peachtree Street! One thing
to be aware of in the hot summer months: On very hot summer
nights, traffic caused by recreational "cruising" can
completely disable the 10 to the point where it's quicker
- Fair St. / Techwood
This bus is great for students. The north legs of this route
takes riders almost directly to Georgia Tech, while the
south leg takes riders to Atlanta University Center (Atlanta
University, Morehouse College, Clark College, and Spelman
College). The southbound route ends at the West Lake MARTA
So where's the best place to get this bus? Forsyth
Street, just a block from The Metropolitan. To head north,
catch the bus at the stop by the Forsyth Street entrance
to Five Points station. To head south, catch the bus on
the opposite side of the street, near the Federal Building.
This bus is convenient for travel to and from Virginia-Highland.
Running from Downtown onto Freedom Parkway, and then up
Highland Avenue all the way to Briarcliff Road, this bus
is the fast route to: the Carter Center, Poncey-Highland,
the Plaza shopping center, Intown Hardware and Garden Center,
plus the many shops, restaurants, and watering holes along
Where to easily catch this bus? This bus can be
caught at the bus stop on Peachtree Street at the corner
of Peachtree and Marietta, across the street from Atlanta
Fashion and Gift Mart and next door to the green parking
deck. Just be sure to wait for it no farther than John
Wesley Dobbs, because that's where it turns!
MARTA operates several convenient shuttle routes to popular
destinations, including Turner Field, Lakewood Amphitheatre,
and the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park. For more
information, call (404) 848-4711 or see:
For additional route and schedule information call MARTA
at (404) 848-4711. A complete list of buses along with PDFs
of all bus routes is available on MARTA's web site at:
Other tips for bus travel:
- Have bus schedules for
the buses you use! Five Points station is the main source
of schedules - there are several large racks - but if
you can't find them there, just call MARTA (see above)
and ask them to send them to you. You can even get a map
of the entire system.
- Be aware that certain routes suffer from rush hour traffic
caused by cars.
- Most buses are wheelchair accessible. If you would like
to check in advance, call MARTA or check the bus schedule.
MARTA also offers additional paratransit service for disabled
people; call and ask for details.
- If you're paying with cash to ride a bus, exact change
in a must. If you're using cash on the train, you need
exact change to put in the turnstile or you'll need to
- If you're paying with cash or tokens, be smart and make
sure you have additional cash on hand so if you have to
buy an additional token, you won't be stranded.
- Be aware of how transfer work - read Transfers