Transportation to the Start

Registration to select transportation to the start of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon closed September 4 for general runners, September 12 for charity runners, and September 18 for International Tour Operator (ITO) runners.

Please note:

  • Transportation is for race participants only. Spectators are not allowed at the start.
  • Your transportation choice will be printed on your race number. On race day, please take your assigned transportation.
  • If you are registering for the marathon through an official International Tour Operator (ITO), please connect with your ITO manager to confirm the transportation selection process.

Please visit our Help Center or the Runner Support Center at the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance for more information. 

It is important that you take your assigned transportation to the start on race day. Whether you are making the journey by bus or ferry to Staten Island, opting to travel at a time you are not assigned for means you are impacting the capacity of that transport. That affects the safety of other runners, our staff, volunteers, and city transit partners. We appreciate your cooperation in helping the event run as smoothly as possible. 

Approximate Travel Times to Fort Wadsworth

  • Staten Island Ferry/Shuttle Bus: 90 minutes
  • Midtown Manhattan Bus: 90 minutes
  • New Jersey Bus: 60 minutes

These times do not include security screening. Please allow ample time to clear security, check your bag or place items in Goodwill bins, use the toilets, and enter your start corral.

Official Transportation Options


Departure Location

Additional Information

Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall Terminal, Manhattan

Whitehall Terminal is accessible by several MTA subway and bus routes. The free ferry transports runners to St. George Terminal on Staten Island, from which free buses transport runners to Fort Wadsworth.

Midtown Manhattan Bus

New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

Buses transport runners directly to Fort Wadsworth. The New York Public Library is centrally located and accessible by many subway and bus routes.

New Jersey Bus

MetLife Stadium Parking Lot K, by the Quest Diagnostics Training Center

Buses transport runners from MetLife Stadium Parking Lot K directly to Fort Wadsworth. There is no parking at this location.

Map and driving directions

Use MTA Trip Planner and follow The Weekender schedule to plan your trip to your departure location.

Private Vehicles

Please note the following about private vehicles, including private buses:

  • Drop-off will be on Lily Pond Avenue, outside Fort Wadsworth. There is no parking.
  • The walk from the drop-off area to the start villages is approximately one half mile.
  • Private vehicles arriving from New Jersey must drop off runners and clear the Staten Island Expressway by 7:00 a.m. when the expressway will close to vehicles. The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will close to all traffic at 7:00 a.m.


Visit our Help Center, where you can find answers to many questions about the race.