Public Transportation

Year-Round Transit Options

Get to the Washington State Fair Events Center in a breeze! These transit options are conveniently available year round, with direct service to Puyallup.

Puyallup Connector

Pierce Transit’s new Demonstration Route 425 is a convenient way to get to the Washington State Fair Events Center. Direct transit service is available from downtown Puyallup and South Hill with trips every 30 minutes, seven days a week. Stops are located on Meridian to provide easy access to activities at the Washington State Fair Events Center. The Puyallup Connector is easily recognized with its Puyallup Connector logo. For more information on schedule and fare information, visit Pierce Transit’s website or call Pierce Transit Customer Services at 253-581-8000.

Connect from Seattle with Sound Transit Buses

Sound Transit route options
Sound Transit

Visit Sound Transit online or call (888) 889-6368. Now offering service from Seattle to Puyallup seven days a week, via route #578!

Route #574
Take from SeaTac and/or Federal Way and to Lakewood Towne Center. 
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Route #578
Take from Seattle to the Puyallup Train Station. 
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*Please note, the Sounder Bus operates out of the Sounder Train Station, which is roughly a 5 block walk to the Fair.

Fairtime Transit Options

Save time, gas and parking fees! These special public transportation options are available exclusively during the Washington State Fair, September 11-27, 2015.

Please note, these services are not available during the Spring Fair in April.

Sounder Train

Ride the SOUNDER train to the Washington State Fair in September on select Saturdays!

The fun starts sooner when you take the train! 
Your first Fair ride can be the one that takes you there - the Sounder train. With the money you'll save on gas and parking, you can buy more scones and lemonade. Trains will run on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 26, serving nine stations from Everett to Puyallup.

Boarding locations: Everett, Mukilteo, Edmonds, Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn & Sumner

Free connector bus to Fair - Pierce Transit will operate a connector bus from Puyallup Station to the Red Gate. Connector bus service is complimentary when either a Sounder train ticket or ORCA card is shown upon boarding.  Or, it’s a quick and easy walk to the Fair, just 5 blocks away.

Check back soon for the 2015 Washington State Fair Sounder Express schedule

ORCA may help save money on train fare.

Pierce Transit Fair Express Bus

The Fair Express is back! During the Washington State Fair in September, guests can catch Pierce Transit buses with direct service to the Fair's Blue Gate. Free parking is available at Lakewood Towne Center, Tacoma Community College and South Hill Mall for Fair Express service. For concertgoers, the Fair Express Bus will operate a special bus directly after the concerts end, just head to the Blue Gate immediately after the show!

Check back in the summer for the 2015 Washington State Fair schedule and pricing. The Fair Express is available only during the Washington State Fair, September 11 - 27, 2015 and is not available for Spring Fair.

For additional information, visit the Pierce Transit website or call (253) 581-8000, option 1. For local Pierce Transit bus routes, use the convenient Pierce Transit Trip Planner online tool to make planning your trip to the Fair a breeze.

Special needs riders - Pierce Transit SHUTTLE

Specialized transportation is available for registered SHUTTLE customers. Call Pierce Transit at 253-581-8000, option 1, then 2, then 1, one to five days in advance to schedule your trip. SHUTTLE drops off and picks up in the Blue Gate parking lot at the Washington State Fair.

Note: to assist with the City of Puyallup's traffic control plan, Pierce Transit does not service stops between 7th Ave and 14th Ave on Meridian, except for Blue Gate Service, during the Washington State Fair. This affects routes 402 and 425.

Kiwanis Fair Shuttle Service

Save time, gas, emissions, parking fees - leave the driving to KIWANIS Bus!

The Fair Express is available only during the Washington State Fair, September 11 - 27, 2015 and is not available for Spring Fair.

Daily shuttle service from two locations with direct service to the Washington State Fair GREEN gate

Best Western Park Plaza - 620 S Hill Park Dr, Puyallup, WA 98373

Holiday Inn - 812 S Hill Park Dr, Puyallup, WA 98373

Service hours:   8:00am to Fair closing, Daily
Shuttle stops at each location every 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic
Note: Operating until 30 minutes past the end of Grandstand show, nightly
Weekend shuttle service - Saturdays & Sundays ONLY from
  • Puyallup, 4th St. NW & River Rd. (Adjacent to Kmart / Goodwill lot)

Service hours: 10:00am to Fair closing - Saturdays and Sundays     
Shuttle stops at each location every 15 - 20 minutes, depending on traffic                          
Note: Operating until 30 minutes past the end of Grandstand show, nightly
Park FREE at all three locations, in designated parking areas only.
Suggested donation
  • Adults (17 & over) - $5.00
  • Carload (2 or more) - $10.00

Background on service

For the past 20 years. KIWANIS has operated shuttle service from the Best Western Park Plaza / Holiday Inn on South Hill to the Fair’s Green Gate. This service has been provided by club volunteers and the fare has been by donation.  Most riders say this has been “the best kept secret of the Fair”. Shuttle service is provided with club members donating their time, and net proceeds going back into the community for youth and senior citizen activities.


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