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. Metro Transit is offering a special deal to Northstar Commuter Rail customers on Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
Buy a Northstar Family Pass for one of these days 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.
The regular Northstar weekend schedule will operate Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Get the schedule now.
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
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. On Saturdays, the last northbound train leaves Fridley Station at 7:13 p.m.; on Sundays, the last northbound train leaves that station at 5:08 p.m. Northstar trains are not able to wait for buses arriving from the State Fair.