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By Bus

This is a Downtown-specific guide to MARTA. Note: For the official MARTA web site, please visit http://www.itsmarta.com.
 
Buses leaving from Downtown run directly to some of the most popular places in town, including Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Auburn Avenue,MARTA bus 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 the routes.

  • 3 - 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.

  • 9 - 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?").

  • 10 - 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 Street.

    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 to walk.

  • 13 - 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 station.

    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.

  • 16 - Noble
    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 the way.

    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!

Quick tip:
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:

http://www.itsmarta.com/getthere/shuttles.htm

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:

MARTA Bus Schedules
http://www.itsmarta.com/getthere/sched/buspages.htm

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 buy tokens.
  • 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 for details.
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