What if you could have an insider guide to local transit, someone to help you navigate the system, provide tips and inform you about the cool places to check out? Well, if you live in Atlanta, that guide exists. MARTAGuide.com is an online resource with insider tips and guides to destinations near transit so you can easily get information on hotels, festivals, restaurants, attractions, neighborhoods and more that are MARTA accessible.
An independent brand, MARTA Guide is not run by the Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority, though you’ll easily find links to official schedules, bus routes and maps. With over 500 destinations listings on the website, there’s something for everyone, whether you are a local, tourist or just in Atlanta for business. To get started, here are five ways to use MARTA Guide to improve your commute experience.
Find a Hotel Near MARTA
If you are planning a trip to Atlanta and want to stay at a hotel near MARTA, MARTA Guide lists hotels near rail stations. Hotels that are a 10-minute walk away or less are indicated, and each hotel listing includes a link to the hotel, summary of amenities, transit directions and approximate walking time. MARTA’s red and gold lines connect directly to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and commute time on the train to downtown Atlanta hotels is only 17 minutes (30 minutes to Buckhead).
Explore Destinations Near MARTA Stations
The station guides on MARTAGuide.com highlight restaurants, nightlife, attractions, businesses and more near each station, which is helpful if you’ve not familiar with the area or are looking for things to do in walking distance. Each station also has a short description, a link to the station address, parking information, mobile-friendly train schedules and real-time train arrivals.
View Atlanta Festivals by Month
For a quick look at some of the many festivals in Atlanta, MARTA Guide provides a list of festivals by month that are all transit-accessible. Even if you aren’t planning to take MARTA to the event, you can still get an idea of what Atlanta has to offer so you can start planning your social calendar. For some festivals, MARTA is the promoted method of travel, particularly for large events in Piedmont Park and Centennial Olympic Park, so you may want to bookmark the page and revisit it later for specific MARTA directions if you’re going to Music Midtown or a large festival like Dogwood.
Relocate to Atlanta
Moving to Atlanta? Or looking for an apartment to rent in the city? If being near transit is important to you, you can view the list of neighborhoods near MARTA to narrow your search. Neighborhoods are organized by personality, which is helpful if you are looking for a hip, trendy or family-friendly spot. Apartment guides are also launching on MARTA Guide in 2015 to make it easier to find an apartment that gives you the option to take the train to work.
See the Sights
If you are planning to visit some of Atlanta’s attractions or are looking for ways to entertain your out-of-town guests, the A to Z list of attractions near MARTA can give you a place to start. Like with hotels, attractions that are within a 10-minute walk are marked if you don’t want to venture too far away from a station. Attractions near the BeltLine are also indicated.