Construction is happening around McCarter for Princeton University’s Arts & Transit project and the expansion of the Lewis Center for the Arts. This will have an impact on parking, traffic and transit in and around McCarter.
We encourage you to stay informed by visiting this page frequently before you attend a McCarter event. We will send out email alerts and construction updates throughout the season. Our performance reminders will also include the most current information on traffic patterns, road closures, and “what you need to know” for the upcoming season at McCarter. Not on our email list? You can join here!
Ample FREE PARKING (evenings and weekends) is available at the WEST GARAGE which is indoor and located next to the train station off of North Station Drive, a five-minute walk to McCarter. There is also a FREE McCarter Shuttle available in the transit plaza near the new Wawa (see Shuttle map). To access the garage, turn onto North Station Drive from Alexander Street, then keep straight past the train station and the garage entrance will be on your right.
The WEST GARAGE is FREE during the week after 5pm, and all day on weekends and holidays.
Princeton University is providing FREE shuttle bus service on performance nights between McCarter Theatre and the transit plaza near the new Wawa. Recommended FREE parking is in the WEST GARAGE and then simply walk around the train station to the shuttle stop. You can also get to the shuttle stop from the Princeton Station Lot off of Alexander Street which has metered parking until 8pm.
The shuttle will operate for one hour prior to performances and for one hour after performances, and will run approximately every 15 minutes. Please note that the last shuttle to McCarter Theatre will leave 10 minutes prior to curtain time.
This handicapped accessible shuttle will be a TigerTransit bus marked “McCarter.” The pick-up location will be in the transit plaza near the new Wawa; look for signage in the lot that will mark the location. The shuttle will drop off patrons in the McCarter circle in front of the Matthews Theatre entrance.
At the conclusion of the show, patrons will be picked up in the McCarter circle, and will be returned to the transit plaza.
Additional parking may be available in the Princeton Station Lot, Seminary Lot on College Road and some street parking on Alexander, College, and University Place.
From New York City (or NJ Turnpike southbound)
Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 9. Use a right-hand tollbooth. Take a sharp right after tollbooth (to"New Brunswick, Route 18"). Get onto Route 18; after a few seconds, follow the road as it bears left, then immediately get into the right- hand lane as the road curves to the right. Exit to the right where the sign says "U.S. 1 South to Trenton." After about 18 miles on U.S. Route 1 south, follow directions from Route 1 below.
From NJ Turnpike Northbound
Take Exit 8 at Hightstown. Proceed into Hightstown to T in road; turn left in front of the big fire station. At the next light turn right onto Stockton (Route 571/Princeton Hightstown Road). Stay on 571 West for about 8 miles until reaching a major highway, Route 1. Get on Route 1 South by going left around traffic circle. Proceed to take first exit off of Route 1 South onto Alexander Road. Make a right onto Alexander, (heading West, towards Princeton). After three traffic lights you will come to a roundabout. Exit toward the right onto University Place and McCarter is on the left.
From Route 1
Take Alexander Road exit and head West, towards Princeton. (Traveling South on Route 1, turn right onto Alexander, traveling North, exit on the right and make a left at the light at the end of the off ramp.) After three traffic lights you will come to a roundabout. Exit toward the right onto University Place and McCarter is on the left.
From Route 27 (Nassau Street)
Going south into Princeton proper, the first light is Washington Road, the second light is Witherspoon, and the third light is University Place. Make a left on University Place. McCarter is about three blocks down on the right.
From Route 206
Go to the intersection of 206 and Route 27 (Nassau Street) and turn onto it. (Traveling southbound on 206 turn left, going north bear right.) Take an immediate right at the next light onto University Place. McCarter is about three blocks down on the right.
Take I-95 North. Get off at Exit 7B/Route 206 North to Nassau Street, Princeton. Follow the directions above for 206.
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