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The best ways to get to the State Fair

This article was first published in 2017. For updated information, check out this article.

Make sure to plan ahead for how you’ll get to the Minnesota State Fair. I was on KSTP’s Twin Cities Live with advice.

  • There are over 30 free park and ride lots are near the Fairgrounds. Be careful: they fill up fast. Check the State Fair’s Twitter page before you head out to see if your go-to lot is full.
  • There are 20 express stations around the Twin Cities. Note not every single route runs daily.
    • These trips are $5 roundtrip.
    • They are cash only — however, you can download Metro Transit’s free app and use it to buy your ticket via PayPal or credit card. Plus, you save $.50 a ticket!
  • You can park on the Fairgrounds, but it’s not recommended. And it’s $14. They only take cash.
  • If you have a motorcycle, use it! Motorcycle parking in the lot south of Como Avenue is $8. If you park your hog elsewhere at the Fairgrounds, it’s $14.
  • Uber and Lyft are offering discounts to new users looking to go to the Fair. Find those promo codes here.

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