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State Fair bargain: St. Cloud to St. Paul with a Northstar Family Pass

The easy way to and from State Fair fun is on Metro Transit.

It’s also the inexpensive way, especially on weekends from the northwest suburbs. 

Buy a Northstar Family Pass and your State Fair Express ride is included. A Family Pass is valid for roundtrip rides for two adults and three kids ages 6-17 (five and under ride free). Pass prices range from $11-$20 depending on station. That’s big savings over the regular price for five people. It’s HUGE when you add in the extra State Fair service.

> Buy your Family Pass now!

Take Northstar from any station along the line and hop on a State Fair Express bus at Fridley Station. Buses leave there approximately every half hour.

Bonus bargain: Northstar Link service is included!

The State Fair Family Pass promotion includes Northstar Link service from St. Cloud and Becker. Simply show your Northstar Family Pass on weekends during the State Fair to ride Northstar Link buses for free!

> Learn about Northstar Link bus service from St. Cloud and Becker to Big Lake Station
NOTE:  Northstar Link connects only with regular weekend Northstar trips. Buses will not serve the special trips on Sept. 5 and 6.

Leaving Fridley Station

Give yourself plenty of time to return to Fridley Station for your trip home. Allow extra time from the fairgrounds, due to crowds and traffic congestion. Northstar trains are not able to wait for buses arriving from the State Fair.

Extra Northstar service on Sept. 5 & 6

Northstar will offer additional trips for the State Fair on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6.

A train will leave Big Lake at 7:35 a.m. and will arrive at Fridley Station at 8:08 a.m. A State Fair Express bus will take you from Fridley Station to the Minnesota State Fair and back again.

The last northbound trip for the Northstar train will leave Target Field at 10:46 p.m. and Fridley at 11 p.m.  Remember, there is no special Link service Sept. 5 or 6.

Special Trips, Sept. 5 & 6 Big Lake Elk River Ramsey Anoka Coon Rapids Fridley Target Field
Southbound 7:35 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 7:51 a.m. 8:01 a.m. 8:05 a.m. 8:08 a.m.  8:27 a.m.
  Target Field Fridley Coon Rapids Anoka Ramsey Elk River Big Lake
Northbound 10:46 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 11:09 p.m. 11:13 p.m. 11:18 p.m. 11:23 p.m. 11:38 p.m.

There is no Northstar service on Labor Day, Sept. 7.


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