Royal Farms Arena: Where to Park, Eat and Stay
Everything you need to know about planning your trip to Baltimore’s downtown entertainment epicenter.
Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena welcomes some of the biggest names in sports, music, comedy and family entertainment annually. Expect to see performances from pop icon Celine Dion, rock legends Pearl Jam, Disney On Ice, Monster Jam and Mike Epps’s Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival at this 14,000-person venue.
Planning your trip for a show? Here’s everything you need to know before you go.
How to get here
Royal Farms Arena is easily accessible by Baltimore’s robust public transportation system. Many of the bus and train stops are located right in front of the arena or a short walk away.
- Bus – No matter where you’re staying in the city, there is a bus that will get you to the arena. Stopping right in front of the arena on Baltimore Street are the bus lines 56, 65, 71, 78, 108, 150, 160, and CityLinks Purple, Orange, Navy, and Red. On the Howard Street side of the arena, there is a stop for the 120 bus line. Behind the arena on Lombard Street, there are stops for bus lines 54, 94, 154, and CityLinks Brown and Yellow.
- Light Rail – The Light Rail runs between Hunt Valley & Glen Burnie and BWI Airport & Hunt Valley. Both routes have a stop right at the arena on Howard and Baltimore Street.
- Metro Subway – The subway, which runs between Owings Mills and Johns Hopkins, has a stop conveniently located just one block away from the arena on Charles Street.
- MARC Train – The Penn-Washington route runs from Perryville to Union Station in Washington D.C. Get off at the Penn Station stop to connect to the Light Rail or any bus going downtown. The Camden-Washington route runs from Union Station in Washington D.C. to the Camden station near Camden Yards. Walk a short distance from Camden to the arena or transfer to the Light Rail for a quick ride.
Schedules and routes are subject to change, so be sure to double check the itinerary at the Maryland Transit Administration’s official website.
Where to Park
If you’re traveling by car, you’ll want to know where to park. For your ultimate convenience, parking is available at the arena’s garage located on Howard Street. Parking passes for the garage, which is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, can be purchased the day of the event or reserved online.
If you miss the chance to park in the arena’s garage, there are several parking lots and garages just a short walk away.
- Arrow Parking – 1 block
- The Atrium Garage – 2 blocks
- Marlboro Classic Lot – 2 blocks
- Redwood Square Lot – 2 blocks
- 20 S. Charles Street Garage – 2 blocks
- Centerpoint Garage – 2 blocks
- Laz Parking – 4 blocks
What to Eat at the Arena
Short on time or simply don’t want to do any extra planning? You can grab food at the arena. Crown Foods Inc. owns and operates several concession stands at the arena, serving convenient options like hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders and fries, plus a variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Whether you’re in the mood for French cuisine or Southern-inspired food, a sit-down dinner or a quick bite, the restaurants near the arena are brimming with choices to satisfy your every craving. Here are a few of your best bets:
- Balto Tavern & Tap – This casual bistro is more than burgers and salads. Enjoy cheesy chicken quesadillas, mini crab cakes or a signature cocktail in the sporty lounge before heading to your event.
- B&O American Brasserie – Chef E. Michael Reidt’s elegant eatery touts an approachable take on upscale American cuisine. The restaurant’s location makes it even more the Baltimore treasure as it’s housed in what used to be the headquarters of the B&O Railroad.
- Chez Hugo – Now permanently closed.
- Miss Shirley’s Café – Miss Shirley’s Café serves up hearty dishes with a Southern flare in a family-friendly atmosphere. The café’s delectably inventive menu (the crab cake and fried green tomatoes egg benedict is a must-order!) makes it easy to see why it was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.
- The Capital Grille – With multiple locations around the country, The Capital Grille isn’t unique to Baltimore. However, the upscale steakhouse’s perfectly placed Charm City location still offers a uniquely Baltimorean experience as you take in stunning views of the Inner Harbor right across the street.
- Pratt Street Ale House – Your hunger for food and Baltimore history will be satisfied here. Nosh on elevated bar bites and throw back a cold one courtesy of one of Baltimore’s oldest craft breweries, Oliver Brewing Co.
- Luna Del Sea Steak & Seafood Bistro – Luna specializes in fresh local seafood, delicious steaks and a welcoming atmosphere. Diners are known to come for the crab cakes, but don’t be afraid to try other menu items, like the scrumptious chicken parm.
No need to rush home after your show—make a weekend of it. Stay at one of the many beautiful, luxury hotels near the arena.