Public Transportation


Fairtime Transit Options

Skip the hassle of parking, save time and gas! Use these convenient mass transit options, available exclusively during the Washington State Fair, September 2-25, 2016 (closed Tuedays).


The Fair Express is back! During the Washington State Fair, Sept. 2 - 25, guests can catch Pierce Transit buses with direct service to the Fair's Blue Gate Parking Lot. Free parking is available at Lakewood Towne Center, Tacoma Mall and South Hill Mall for Fair Express service. The Fair Express bus service will run hourly from approximately 9:15am to 10:30pm Monday - Thursday and run every 30 minutes from approximately 9:15am to 11:00pm Friday - Sunday.

Fares are set at Pierce Transit’s regular one-way rates of $2 for adults, $1.00 for seniors and youth ages 6 to 18 years, and free for age 5 and younger. Riders may use their ORCA card loaded with E-purse, an All Day Pass, or a September Monthly Pass for the service.

For additional information and a detailed schedule, visit the Pierce Transit website or call (253) 581-8000. 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.


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.

To assist with Puyallup’s traffic control plan, Pierce Transit does not serve stops between 7th Ave & 15th Ave on Meridian except for Blue Gate service. Affected routes are route 4, 400, 402, and 425.

Starline Express - Saturdays


Catch the new Starline Express from three King County locations on Saturdays during the Fair! Easy transportation to the fair, night time concerts, the rodeo and more! No parking fees and get dropped off and picked up right at the front of the Blue Gate.

Departs every two hours starting at 8am from three King County locations: Kent, Auburn, and Federal Way with return trips running until 11pm. Discount rates for reserved seats, curbside tickets available, room permitting. Visit for more information and to purchase discount tickets.

2016 Starline Express Pick Up Locations:

Sounder Train

The fun starts sooner when you take the train! Ride the Sounder train to the Washington State Fair in September on select Saturdays.  

Trains will run on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 serving nine stations from Everett to Puyallup. With the money you'll save on gas and parking, you can buy more scones and lemonade. 

Buy Sounder North Tickets
Buy Sounder South Tickets

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.

ORCA may help save money on train fare.

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 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 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.

Sound Transit Buses

Hop on the ST Express Bus via route #578, with service from Seattle to the Puyallup Station. The Puyallup Station is just a short five block walk to the Washington State Fair Events Center. Now offering service seven days a week!
Route info

For more details, visit Sound Transit online or call (888) 889-6368. 


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