getting to faffcon for $2.50 in 8 easy steps

It just so happens that Sunday, February 20th, I arrived in Atlanta, GA and am staying the Westin Peachtree Plaza, site of Faffcon 2 from February 25-27, 2011.

To answer your questions: no I did not screw up the dates on my calendar and no I am not arriving super early. I am here on other business and will be leaving mid-week only to return Friday for Faffcon 2. Uh, yeah, I know, just don’t ask.

But being the intrepid guide that I am, I will offer my fellow fliers to Faffcon a fun travel tidbit that could save you about $20-30 depending on traffic when you arrive in Atlanta. Unless its against your religion, consider not taking a cab or a shuttle to the airport, take the MARTA subway system.

The MARTA subway station starts at one end of the system right at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and runs a train that gets off 8 stops later (with no changes) at Peachtree Center, about a block and a half away from the Westin Hotel.

Total one way fare: $2.50

Here’s how you do it:

Step 1. At baggage claim, look and follow the signs for MARTA station.


Step 2. Once you enter the MARTA station, go over to the automatic ticket machines and buy a one way ticket (or pick one of the other ticket options if you’re going to be using the MARTA to travel around alot, your call).


There are helpful MARTA employees there to guide you through the ticket buying process. You can use your credit card and don’t forget to get a receipt as this is a business expense.

Step 3. Go through the turnstiles and up the escalators to the platform. You’ll see lots of your fellow travelers with their suitcases there. Wait for the train. As its the beginning (or end of the line depending on how you view such things) it’s only going to go one way. When the train comes get on it.

Step 4. Get off at Peachtree Center.

Step 5. Go up a crazy long escalator.

Step 6. Go to your RIGHT and up a smaller escalator.

Step 7. Walk outside, face the street and look to your right, down about a block and a half.

Step 8. Commence Faffing.

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4 Responses to “getting to faffcon for $2.50 in 8 easy steps”

  1. Thanks Peter….I had come to the same conclusion after making several phone calls, and checking the MARTA map online.

    Thanks so much for the visual tour and all the info.

    Very helpful!!!

    Dave C

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  3. As I am not a “mass transit” kind of girl this scares the daylights out of me. I feel better now. I’ll let you know how it goes.
    THANK YOU!

  4. You are tougher than you think.

    Great meeting you….sincerely looking forward to seeing your Oscar dress and hearing your acceptance speech.

    Best always ,
    – Peter

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