Got your tickets to Music Midtown? Check! Figured out what bands you are going to see? Check! Now it’s time to figure out how the hell you are going to get there. This article goes over the different ways of getting to Music Midtown and provides some recommendations on what we’ve found easiest in years past. Let’s begin with the most obvious: driving.
Don’t do it. Moving On…
Just kidding, kind of. I’ll be direct: you really shouldn’t drive yourself to Music Midtown unless you have a really good reason. Here’s why:
I hope I’ve made my point: driving is a poor option for getting to Music Midtown.
If you are new to Atlanta MARTA is the train system set up throughout the Atlanta area. You can see the system map above. Here’s what you should know about using MARTA to get to Music Midtown:
Overall MARTA is likely your best option unless you are close enough to walk or bike to the festival. Yes there will be lines to board the train, but it’s still better (and cheaper) than driving to Music Midtown.
Biking can be a terrific option for getting to Music Midtown if you either have a bike or are comfortable with Bike Sharing programs. I only say the latter because I know some people (my fiancée) don’t like riding bikes in new cities. If that’s not you then I really suggest checking out Atlanta’s bike share program called Relay. You can either pay as you go or just spring for a monthly pass; even if you are only in Atlanta for Music Midtown it’s still cheaper than it be to park most likely. There are stations throughout the city, including several stations surrounding Piedmont Park. Atlanta is also relatively flat so it should be a pretty easy ride, albeit a hot one. Also note that if you do happen to have your own bike there is free bike parking at Music Midtown, just be sure to bring your own lock and remember where you park!
The main pros of riding a bike are it’s cheap and most importantly you can come and go as you please. If you drive or use public transportation there will be lots of lines and waiting. With a bike you can go as you please, which is really nice at the end of the night when you want to get home. If you are staying in Downtown Atlanta it will be about a 4 mile ride, which should be less than 20 minutes.
Probably the most convenient option as it comes to you and drops you off right at the festival. The downside is it’s also probably the most expensive option. If you head to Music Midtown early in the day it won’t be too pricey (about $10 from Downtown Atlanta). However, heading home at night is another story. We have seen surcharges north of 500% when leaving the festival, so either be prepared to pay an arm and a leg to get home at night or have another option for your journey home. Also note that at the end of the night (after the headliner wraps up) there is going to be a ton of people leaving and requesting Uber, so it could take some time to actually get one.
I feel this goes without saying but if you are close enough to walk I would definitely just go this route. However, Piedmont Park is a bit away from where most hotels are located so this won’t be the case for many people.
Overall if you can walk or bike to the festival those are your best options. That said, many people will be too far for these to be viable. After those options I would go with MARTA. Yes, it is a far walk from the station to the festival, but it still is much better than driving and much cheaper than using Uber.