Barclays Center, Brooklyn’s largest arena, accommodates up to 18,000 people for sports events, and 19,000 people for concerts — that’s a lot of people coming to see a show. With bigger crowds, transportation to the arena can seem daunting. Luckily, you have a lot of options when it comes to getting to Barclays Center. Here’s the full rundown on the best ways to travel, from public transportation to taking cars to driving yourself and finding parking.
Subway transportation map | via Barclays Center
Public transportation, hands down, is the best way to get to Barclays Center. The stadium is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines. Sure, you’ll get crowds at the subway station after the show, but it’s much easier, not to mention cheaper, than any other transportation option available. Barclays Center is located right next to the Atlantic Av – Barclays Ctr subway station, a major hub in Brooklyn. You can take the B, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5, D, N, and R lines to this station, which will exit right at the entrance to the stadium — just follow the signs. You can also take the Long Island Railroad to this station, called Atlantic Terminal on their maps. Other options include the C train to Lafayette Avenue, the G train to Fulton Street station, and the 2/3 trains to Bergen St. — all just a few blocks away.
If you hire a car, have them drop you off a few blocks away to avoid traffic
If you want to avoid the crowds of the subway, there are also a number of private car services that will drop you off and pick you up. Uber and Lyft are popular picks — give them a destination on nearby residential side streets, and steer clear of the traffic at Flatbush and Atlantic. After shows, you’ll find a number of livery cabs and green taxis waiting for pick-ups on the streets around the area entrance. The NYC-sanctioned taxis are almost always cheaper than livery cabs.
Event parking locations | via Barclays Parking
Driving and Parking
Barclays Center does not have a designated parking lot so parking in the area is limited and can be extremely expensive — they recommend sticking to public transportation. But if you are taking a car in, there are parking lots located directly around the arena. Barclays’ partner Click and Park offers a list of 10 lots within a 10 minute walking distance of the arena. To avoid the pre-event stress of parking, drivers sometimes also park their car somewhere else entirely and then take the subway in to Barclays.
Biking transportation map | via Barclays Center
Want to get a workout before your show? Barclays Center offers free bike parking for up to 400 bikes on site at a first-come, first-served basis. (Don’t worry about showing up early to secure a spot, there is usually space available on the racks at any time.) The racks are located at the corner of Dean Street and 6th Avenue, toward the back of the arena.