Royal Farms Arena is located in the heart of downtown Baltimore at 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Maryland 21201. For directions, click here.

Public parking is limited near the arena. On Commencement day, JHU will provide free parking, on a first-come, first-served basis, in the South Garage on the Homewood campus and will operate shuttle service from Mason Hall (above the garage) to Royal Farms Arena. In the event that the lot is full, staff will be on hand to direct guests to an alternate location.

Shuttles will depart from Mason Hall every 10 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Return service, from Royal Farms Arena to Homewood campus, begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until one hour after the ceremony concludes. The trip should take approximately 30 minutes. Please allow ample time for your travels to the arena, especially since the Baltimore Orioles have a 12:35 p.m. baseball game scheduled on Commencement day. Guests should anticipate more crowding and longer wait times as ceremony time nears.

Graduates need to be in the arena by 12:30 p.m to begin lining up. Graduates planning to take the shuttle should be on a shuttle departing no later than noon.

All shuttles are accessible.

Homewood campus parking information can be found here.
A campus map and directions to Homewood campus can be found here.

If you plan to drive to the Royal Farms Arena for the ceremony, please allow extra time to find parking. Public parking is limited around the arena, and the Baltimore Orioles have a 12:35 p.m. baseball game scheduled on Commencement day. By using Parking Panda or, drivers can reserve and prepay for parking at a specific day and time. A special Johns Hopkins University Commencement page has been set up for both services.

Reserve Johns Hopkins Commencement Parking Click here, park anywhere

Approximately 23,000 parking spaces are in the general vicinity of the arena. Further information about parking near Royal Farms Arena is on its Parking and Mass Transit page.

The arena’s drop-off area is along the curb on Baltimore Street.

Accessible 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. Details are on the Event Accessibility page.

A handicapped drop-off area is available at the Royal Farms Arena, Hopkins Place entrance. If traveling in a group, we encourage guests to drop off those who have a disability and then to park in one of the public parking garages in order to allow us to leave open handicapped spaces for those who are traveling alone or who need assistance.

The Royal Farms Arena is accessible via taxi or via ride share service. For more information about Uber or Lyft, please visit their websites or download their apps, which can be found in the App Store on iOS devices or the Google Play Store on Android devices. The zTrip service can be used to book a sedan or a taxi for pickup immediately, later in the day or at a future date. For more information about zTrip, please visit the zTrip website or download the zTrip app, which can be found in the App Store on iOS devices or the Google Play Store on Android devices.

For a complete listing of taxis in Baltimore City, please click here.

Metro Subway

The Baltimore City subway system runs between Owings Mills and Johns Hopkins Hospital. The closest stop to the Royal Farms Arena is Charles Center, approximately one block away. The Metro operates during the following hours:

Monday – Friday 5 a.m. – midnight
Saturday/Sunday/Holidays 6 a.m. – midnight

Light Rail

The Baltimore City light rail runs between Hunt Valley and Glen Burnie. Exit at the “University Center/Baltimore Street” light rail stop, which is on the west side of the arena. General hours of operation for the light rail are below. Full details are on the Light Rail website.

Monday – Friday 5 a.m. – midnight
Saturday 6 a.m. – midnight
Sunday and Holidays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Public Transit Buses

The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates a number of bus routes throughout Baltimore and the surrounding area. Cost is $1.70/person for a one-way fare or $4/person for an unlimited, 24-hour pass.

The easiest route from Homewood campus to the Royal Farms Arena via MTA is the No. 11 bus from N. Charles and 33rd Streets. The bus stop at Hopkins Place and Arena MB is directly in front of the arena entrance.

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

Charm City Circulator

The Charm City Circulator (CCC) is a fleet of free shuttles that travel four routes in Baltimore City. A full map of the service routes, as well as the schedule, can be found on the Charm City Circulator website.

The easiest Circulator route from Homewood campus to the Royal Farms Arena is via the southbound Purple Route from 33rd Street between N. Charles and St. Paul to either the Fayette Street or the Pratt Street stop downtown. The Circulator operates during the following hours, with buses arriving every 10 to 15 minutes:

Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – midnight
Saturday 9 a.m. – midnight
Sunday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Last updated June 9, 2017