Via Car

If you plan on driving to the Royal Farms Arena for the ceremony, please allow a lot of extra time in order to find adequate parking. We recommend using Parking Panda, a parking service that allows you to reserve and prepay for parking at a specific day and time. A special Johns Hopkins University Commencement page has been set up with this service, which can be found here.

Handicap parking is available on a first-come, first served basis in the nearby public parking garages; a state-issued license plate or placard is required.

Handicapped drop-off areas are available at the Royal Farms Arena Baltimore Street and Howard Street entrances. If traveling in a group, we would encourage guests to drop off those who have a disability in a drop-off area and then to park in one of the public parking garages in order to allow us to leave open handicap spaces for those who are traveling alone or who need assistance.  The drop-off areas can be found here.

Via Taxi Cab

Additionally, the Royal Farms Arena is accessible via taxi cab service. For a complete listing of taxi cabs originating in Baltimore City, please click here.

Via Public Transportation

Metro Subway

The closest stop to the Royal Farms arena is the Charles Center metro stop, which is located approximately one block away.  The Baltimore City subway system runs between Owings Mills and Johns Hopkins Hospital and operates during the following hours:
  • Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight
  • Saturday/Sunday/Holidays: 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight

Please be aware, however, that the Lexington Market East and Charles Center East entrances close at 8:00 p.m.

Light Rail

There are two light rail stops located directly in front of the Arena: the Convention Center and Univ. Center/Baltimore Street stops.  The Baltimore City light rail runs between Hunt Valley and Glen Burnie, and seven of the light rail's thirty-two stops are located Downtown. The general hours of operation for the light rail are as follows:

  • Monday - Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday and Holidays: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Maryland Transit Authority also operates a number of bus routes throughout Baltimore and the surrounding area, which cost $1.70/person for a one-way fare or $4.00/person for an unlimited, 24-hour day pass. There are a multitude of stops surrounding the Royal Farms Arena, with service from the following routes: 001, 003, 005, 008. 010, 011, 019, 020, 026, 027, 036, 040, 046, 048, 091, 120, 150, 160, 320, and 420.Public Transportation Buses (MTA)

The easiest route from Homewood Campus to the Royal Farms Arena via MTA buses is to take the 011, which runs along N Charles St. and stops at N. Charles & 34th St. This route runs all the way down to the Royal Farms Arena, stopping at Hopkins Place & Arena MB, which is directly in front of the Arena entrance.

A full map of all of the service routes, as well as exact timetables and fare information, can be found on the MTA website.

Charm City Circulator (CCC)

The Charm City Circulator is a fleet of 30 free shuttles that travel four routes in Baltimore City.  The CCC consists of four separate routes—the Green Route which runs from City Hall to Fells Point to Johns Hopkins, the Purple Route which runs from 33rd Street to Federal Hill, the Orange Route which runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East and the Banner Route which runs from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry.

The nearest stop to the Royal Farms Arena is the W. Lombard St. & Howard St. stop, located on the Orange Line. The Circulator operates according to the following hours, with buses arriving every 10-15 minutes:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. midnight
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. midnight
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Questions? Please email or call 410-234-9250