Take the COASTER train or BREEZE bus service to the Fair, and use the SPRINTER and San Diego Trolley lines to connect to the COASTER or BREEZE buses. Taking public transportation is convenient and fun, plus you'll save money on Fair parking fees and gas.
Once you have arrived at the Solana Beach COASTER station, catch the shuttle in front of the station to the Fair's
West Gate. Present your train or bus ticket to the shuttle driver, and get on board!
Please note: You must have a train or bus ticket to board the Fair shuttles that leave from the Solana Beach station.
The Fair Tripper. Your safe-and-reliable-designated-to-and-from-the Fair driver!
Closer to Fair time, buy the Fair Tripper combo package for a fun and convenient way to get to the Fair! The Fair Tripper includes round-trip fare on the COASTER and SPRINTER trains and BREEZE buses, a shuttle from the station to the Fair's West Gate, and adult admission to the Fair.
The Fair Tripper ticket is $16, a $26 value. Patrons who wish to use the Fair shuttle (to and from the Solana Beach station), must show a valid transfer pass.
Any NCTD patron will receive a $3.50 discount on Fair admission by showing a transfer pass when purchasing admission at the Fairgrounds. There is no drinking or open alcohol containers allowed on NCTD buses and trains.
The Fair Tripper will go on sale later this spring. You also will be able to buy this package the day you come to the Fair at COASTER vending machines. Although the Fair Tripper is valid for any age, those 62 or older save more buying Fair admission and COASTER fare separately. Kids 5 and younger ride the COASTER free and get free Fair admission.
Trains and buses run all day and well into the evening, so you can enjoy all the great nighttime Fair festivals and entertainment.
|Looking for information on free parking and shuttles from Horsepark, MiraCosta College, or Torrey Pines High School? Look on the parking page.
Take public transportation,
get big discounts
Present a same-day transit ticket (or monthly pass) at the West Gate ticket window, and receive a discount on Fair adult, senior or child admission. (Discount to be announced closer to Fair time.)
Discount admission cannot be combined with any other admission discount; one discount per passenger ticket or pass (Amtrak, NCTD or MTS transit tickets); discount is available only at the Fair's West Gate.
Take the COASTER train
The COASTER train runs between Oceanside and San Diego's Santa Fe Depot, with a stop in nearby Solana Beach. Shuttles run between the Solana Beach station and the Fair's West Gate; present a bus or train ticket to the shuttle driver to board. Plan your trip with information on the NCTD website.
Take the BREEZE bus
NCTD operates a Special Route 408 during the Fair from the Escondido Transit Center directly to the Fair's West Gate. Also, Route 101 runs from Oceanside to La Jolla. Passengers can get off the 101 across from the Solana Beach train station and transfer to the Fair shuttle, which leaves from the front of the train station (you must show your BREEZE ticket to ride the Fair shuttle). Get more information on BREEZE bus routes.
Before you board:
Certain items may not be brought into the Fair, and may be confiscated at the gate. Because you will not be able to return these items to your vehicle, please read our Can I Bring... page before departing.
Other public transportation to the Fair
The Solana Beach train station also is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, which runs between San Diego and Los Angeles (San Diego to San Luis Obispo on some trains). Please see Amtrak's website.
For San Diego Metropolitan Transit System bus and trolley schedules, see http://www.sdmts.com
Biking to the Fair. Bike racks are set up at the O'Brien Gate and the West Gate. You may lock your bikes at either location, using your own lock, at no charge. Search for bike routes here or here. Click for a handy Google map of bike trails, dedicated bike lanes, and bicycle-friendly roads. Search the bike routes of others and share your route to the Fair using MapMyRide!
You also may take your bicycle on the COASTER train and BREEZE buses. Please see the North County Transit District website for more information.