Atlanta was built around trains and the railroad, even once rivaled Chicago with passenger and freight lines. Today there is a much smaller rail system in the city (but no commuter trains) and one Amtrak station. Here are the key things to know:


MARTA, or the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority, manages four rail lines, two of which travel to the Hartsfield International Airport. Trains travel both above and underground with stations in popular areas including downtown Atlanta, Midtown, Buckhead, Perimeter, Brookhaven, Decatur and Inman Park. Many stations also offer free daily parking, plus it is one of the safest transit systems to ride in the entire country.

Check out MARTA Guide to learn more about fares, schedules and popular destinations near rail stations.


The Crescent Amtrak route includes a stop at Atlanta’s Peachtree Station just north of Midtown Atlanta. You can catch a ride to New Orleans, New York City and cities in between. As long as trains aren’t delayed heavily, you could use this Amtrak route as a commuter train from and to Gainesville, Georgia. Trains depart Gainesville in the mornings and return to Atlanta same day in the evening.