The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon application will open January 15 and close February 15. Click here for entry guidelines.

Transportation to the Start

The deadline for selecting your transportation to the start was July 31. If you missed the deadline, or if you have concerns about your transportation selection, you may visit the Transportation Help Desk at the Expo after you pick up your race bib; we will do our best to accommodate you with available options. We strongly recommend that runners take official TCS New York City Marathon transportation to the Start to guarantee an on-time arrival.

Transportation choices are now closed. We strongly recommend that runners take official TCS New York City Marathon transportation to the Start to guarantee an on-time arrival.

Please note: Transportation is for race participants only. Spectators are not allowed in the Start Village in Staten Island.

Official Transportation Options

Departure location: Whitehall Terminal, Manhattan

The Staten Island Ferry provides the most scenic official transportation option. Whitehall Terminal is accessible by public transportation from Manhattan locations. The ferry transports runners to the St. George Terminal on Staten Island, from which buses will be lined up to transport runners directly to the Start.

Midtown Manhattan Bus This option is at capacity

Departure location: New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

Beginning marathon day in front of one of New York’s most historic buildings, buses will be lined up along Fifth Avenue to transport runners directly to the Start. The New York Public Library is centrally located in Manhattan, making it accessible by public transportation.

Departure location: Meadowlands Arena, Parking Lot 28, by the IZOD Center

Gathering outside the great MetLife Stadium, runners will take buses from the Meadowlands Arena parking lot area directly to the Start. There is no parking at this location; runners must be dropped off.

Map and driving directions.

Note: USE MTA Trip Planner to plan your trip to your official transportation departure location, and be sure to check for the latest updates that may affect your trip.

Private Vehicles and Drop-off Information

We highly recommend that all runners take one of the official transportation options. If you decide to take a private charter bus or vehicle, please note the following details:
  • Private vehicles will be directed to Lily Pond Avenue (outside Fort Wadsworth) to drop off runners only. There is no parking for private vehicles.
  • The walk from the drop-off area to the staging area is approximately one half mile.
  • Private vehicles coming to Staten Island through New Jersey must drop off their runner(s) and clear the Staten Island Expressway by 6:45 a.m., at which time the expressway closes to vehicular traffic.
  • The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will close to all traffic promptly at 6:45 a.m. No vehicles will be able to cross the bridge after this time.

Hotels Offering Transportation

If you have made a hotel reservation through Anthony Travel to stay at either the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott or the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, transportation will be available for you to get to the race start, as well as the Health and Wellness Expo. See here for further details.

You may contact us at mynyrr@nyrr.org with any questions about your transportation options or check out our FAQs for this event.