PARKING & TRANSIT

HOW TO GET TO THE BIGGEST NIGHT AT MAC

Parking for Light Up the Night is free. That's right - free. Enjoying Mac's newest tradition has been made as convenient as possible, and that extends to parking and shuttle services that deliver you right to the event. Parking in Lot I is complimentary for Light Up the Night. Entry/exit gates to these lots will be open from 6:00pm on April 6th and closed at 12:00am on April 7th. If you need to drive, it won't cost you anything to park. If you left your car in lot M, the shuttle bus will run until midnight on April 6, bringing people down to the lower lots after the festivities. Please view this map to locate parking lot I.

If you are using public transit to reach McMaster, there are options via the HSR, GO Transit, and SoBi Hamilton

HSR Bus Routes

HSR routes are scheduled to run towards campus every 15 minutes during Light Up the Night, and fare is free with a valid McMaster University Student Card and HSR student bus pass. Real-time HSR schedules can be found online through the City of Hamilton website, and route specific information can be found below. 

If you are traveling west towards McMaster (away from the downtown core), the number 5 and 10 bus routes all stop at the University at Main & Emerson.  Additionally, the 5C and 51 bus routes take passengers directly onto the University campus, stopping at Sterling at University

If traveling east towards McMaster (away from Dundas), the number 5 bus route stops near the University at Main and Leland, and a short walk will take you directly onto campus. 

GO Transit Routes

If you are coming from outside Hamilton, but you don't care to drive, there is a GO Transit bus terminal just steps from all the Light Up the Night action.  Visit GO Transit's trip planner site to plot your route from Square One or York University to "McMaster U Bus Terminal". You can also take the QEW Express from Toronto to the Hunter St. GO Station in downtown Hamilton, and connect to McMaster via the HSR. 

In addition, if you take the GO train to Aldershot, you can pick up the Route 15 service that travels to and from McMaster University.  The last bus heading back to Aldershot station leaves campus at 10:33pm. In addition, the Route 47 (Hwy 407) bus also departs directly from the McMaster transit hub, with the last bus leaving campus at 10:45pm.  Finally, the Route 16 (QEW express), will offer service until 12:30am.  GO Transit will monitor bus usage on this day and will provide extra buses if and when necessary.

SoBi Hamilton - Hamilton Bike Share

Hamilton's bike share program has six racks on campus.  If you don't already have a bike and simply want to take a quick spin to campus, think about using SoBi Hamilton to get to Light Up the Night.