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Express Service Park Free

Fast, easy service from a free parking lot near you

Express buses serve the State Fair Transit Hub, which is on the west side of the fairgrounds near West End Market. Bus departure times are approximate.

PLEASE NOTE: By federal mandate, masks are required while riding Metro Transit buses and trains. 

All Express service is wheelchair accessible

Looking for options north of the fairgrounds? Visit the State Fair website for free Park & Ride availability.

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Map of park and ride express service locations for the State Fair

 

Every Day Aug. 26 - Sept. 6

Weekday service begins at 9 a.m. Weekend & Labor Day service at 8 a.m. Last return bus is midnight.
Pay with Cash, Metro Transit app or Bus Bargain Ticket

 

Service approximately every 30 minutes

1 Minnetonka I-394 & Co. Rd. 73 Park & Ride, SW corner of I-394 & Co. Rd. 73

Bloomington – 30th Ave. Park & Ride
Note: No service at 82nd St. & 24th Ave. S. site

3 Cottage Grove – Cottage Grove Park & Ride, along Hwy. 61 on W. Point Douglas Rd. between 80th St. and Jamaica Ave.


Hours of operation*

  • Weekday service:
    Buses operate 9 a.m. – midnight at most locations
  • Weekend & Labor Day Service:
    Buses operate 8 a.m. – midnight at most locations

*See individual locations for times.


Cost

$6 cash roundtrip**

Go-To Cards and passes, tokens, coupons and SuperSavers are not accepted on State Fair Express buses

$5 Mobile app ticket

Save time & money with the Metro Transit app.

$5 Bus Bargain Ticket

Buy your Bus Bargain Ticket online and have it delivered to your phone or print it at home

** For pricing information for SouthWest Transit, please visit swtransit.org or call 952-949-2287

Go-To Cards and passes, tokens, coupons and SuperSavers are not accepted on State Fair Express buses.

Additional Express service

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority

Cash, Bus Bargain Ticket or Metro Transit App

Return service from Fair for Burnsville, Eagan, and Shakopee sites is from noon to midnight (9 p.m. Labor Day) with more frequent service between 4-6 p.m.

More information at mvta.com

4 Burnsville – Burnsville Transit Station, Hwy. 13 & Nicollet Ave.
Weekdays: Every 15 minutes from 7 to 10 a.m. and hourly until 9 p.m.
Weekends and Labor Day: Every 15 minutes from 7 to 10 a.m. and every half hour until 9 p.m. (6 p.m. Labor Day)

5 Eagan – Eagan Transit Station, Yankee Doodle & Pilot Knob Rd. at I-35E 
Weekdays: Every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon and hourly until 9 p.m.
Weekends and Labor Day: Every 15 minutes from 8 to 10 a.m. and every half hour until 9 p.m. (6 p.m. Labor Day)

Shakopee – Southbridge Crossings Park & Ride, 1401 Crossings Blvd.
Weekdays: Every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon and hourly until 9 p.m.
Weekends and Labor Day: Every 30 minutes from 8 to 10 a.m. and every half hour until 9 p.m. (6 p.m. Labor Day)

7 Shakopee – Marschall Road Transit Station, 1615 Weston Court
Weekdays: No service
Weekends and Labor Day: Every 30 minutes from 8 to 10 a.m. and every hour until 9 p.m. (6 p.m. Labor Day)


NOTE: Bus Bargain Tickets and Metro Transit App are not valid at SouthWest Transit locations.

 

SouthWest Transit

Service to the Fair is every 15 minutes 

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Labor Day (Sept. 6): 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Return service from the Fair will end at 11:30 p.m. every day and at 7:30 p.m. on Labor Day.

Fares

  • Adults (13-64): $5
  • Seniors (65+): $5
  • Youth (6-12): $5
  • Children (5 & under): Free
  • Active Military (with valid ID): Free
  • Disabled Veterans: Free

More information at swtransit.org

All 12 days of the Fair

Eden Prairie – SouthWest Station, 13500 Technology Dr. 

9 Chanhassen – SouthWest Village, Hwy. 212 & Hwy. 101

Weekends and Labor Day only

10 Chaska - East Creek Station, Hwy. 212 & Hwy. 41