So, when I needed to meet my family in Downtown Atlanta for an afternoon engagement, I rode the Megabus and I'm glad I did!
After spending the spring semester in Europe, public transportation and I got really comfortable. There was no other option. That mentality has made it's way across the Atlantic, but hasn't reached south of the Mason-Dixon. That's okay. But, my one-way ticket to the Civic Center MARTA Station in the shadow of the W Hotel cost just $3.50 and saved me the stress of driving down I-85. It's so worth checking out!
I bought the ticket on the Megabus website about five days before my Wednesday afternoon trip. I brought my ticket with a confirmation number to the Athens Multi-Modal Transit Center, about a block from The Classic Center on W. Broad Street. The bus drops off passengers from Atlanta at this stop, too! If you're staying at a hotel in Downtown Athens or near the UGA campus, it couldn't be more convenient!
The bus left right on time at 1:30 p.m. I was joined on the bus by about 25 other people from all walks of life. Some passengers carried suitcases but most had nothing more than a purse or backpack. There were older people, young people, students and even a baby. Yes, she cried on the bus. Glad I packed my headphones! A lot of the Megabus routes use one of their special buses with outlets, wi-fi and other creature comforts but because I traveled on a low-traffic day, we were in a classic coach bus.
At 2:59, we pulled off the Downtown Connector, turned left on Ivan Allen Blvd. and made it to the MARTA station. I only took a one-way trip but from what I experienced, I would definitely take the Megabus again.
When Megabus Would Be Ideal...
- If you're staying close to the Multi-Modal Transfer Center (about three blocks from the Arch) or the Civic Center Transit Station (five minute walk to Centennial Olympic Park)
- If you don't mind the constraints of a departure time.
- If you're heading to or coming home from the ATL Airport. Get off the bus and walk down to the MARTA station for about a $5 commute, compared with a $40 shuttle.
- If your schedule works with their timetable. Most buses leave Athens around 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. and go back to Atlanta shortly afterwards.
The drive should never be a reason to stop you from Visiting Athens, GA!
Let us know... Have you taken Megabus to get from Atlanta to Athens? How has it changed your commute?