MARTA is Atlanta’s combined bus, rail and streetcar transit system. It includes 48 miles of rail, 2.7-miles of circular streetcar tracks, and more than 1,000 miles of bus routes spanning Atlanta. That means MARTA can get you wherever you need to be. It’s just a matter of knowing where to start.
Whether you’re a first-time rider or a seasoned pro, every trip starts with two important details: where you are and where you’re headed. If you know both of these details, check out our
Plan a Trip tool and see which routes work best for you. Once you have your trip planned out, it’s simply a matter of checking the schedules for
trains and arriving at the right stop or station on time.
You have to have the right fare before riding MARTA. For trains, this means tapping your Breeze Card or ticket to the target on the gates before entering the station. For the Streetcar, you may purchase your fare directly from a Streetcar vending machine using credit or debit cards or use “stored value” on your Breeze card. And for buses, this means tapping your card on the fare box by the driver or placing the correct amount of cash in the box.
As for fare types, what you pay for MARTA fare depends entirely on how you plan to ride. Want to know what option is best for you? Check out our
fare programs guide. No matter what option you choose, having the right fare to ride MARTA is a must.
Finding and riding MARTA is a cinch once you know where you’re traveling. Keep an eye out for the MARTA logo on bus stop signs and outside of our rail stations — though those are pretty tough to miss on their own.
When taking a MARTA bus, look for the route names and numbers just above the windshield. Signal the driver if you’re at a stop and wish to board the bus.
For streetcars, determine the closest boarding platform located on the loop.
For trains, follow the signs that say “To Trains” and make your way to the boarding platform. Don’t forget to pay attention to the signs in the stations — you don’t want to take the south train when your destination is north!