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

Public parking is limited near the arena. On Commencement day, Thursday, May 21, JHU will provide complimentary 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 beginning at 7 a.m. Return service, from Royal Farms Arena to Homewood campus, begins at 1:30 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. Guests should anticipate more crowding and longer wait times as ceremony time nears.

Graduates need to be in the arena by 10 a.m. to begin lining up. Graduates planning to take the shuttle should be on a shuttle departing no later than 9:30 a.m.

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.

Approximately 23,000 parking spaces are in the general vicinity of the arena. Further information about parking near Royal Farms Arena is on their Parking and Mass Transit page. By using SpotHero, ParkWhiz, or Baltimore Parking, 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 these services. Click here, park anywhere

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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 on Baltimore Street near 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 ride share services. 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.

Metro Subway

The Baltimore City Metro SubwayLink 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 RailLink runs between Hunt Valley and Glen Burnie. Exit at the “Baltimore Arena (University Center)” 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. – 8 p.m.

Public Transit Buses

The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates a number of bus routes, which include high frequency CityLink routes, LocalLink, and Express BusLink routes throughout Baltimore and the surrounding area.

The easiest route from Homewood campus to the Royal Farms Arena is LocalLink 51 from N. Charles and 33rd Streets or  CityLink Silver from St. Paul and 31st Streets. Both buses stop at Hopkins Place and Arena MB which is directly near the Hopkins Place 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 the corner of 33rd Street 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 March 24, 2020