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Aug. 24 – Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2023

259 Days 19 Hours 24 Mins

Metro Transit and Express Buses

State Fair Express Bus service features free parking and a direct bus ride to the fairgrounds for a small fee from farther-out suburbs around the Twin Cities.

Express Buses provided by Metro Transit, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and SouthWest Transit drop off and pick up at the Transit Hub located at Gate #16 on the west end of the fairgrounds. See a State Fair map.

NOTE: Grandstand shows typically end between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. followed by fireworks. On Labor Day, the Grandstand show will end at approximately 6:30 p.m., and fireworks will be at 9 p.m.

Metro Transit State Fair Express Bus Service

Park free and ride a bus for a small fee from locations in Minnetonka, Bloomington and Cottage Grove (red numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the map below). For information on locations, schedules, bus ride pricing, how to conveniently buy bus tickets and more, check out Metro Transit.

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Express Bus Service

Serving the south metro area, MVTA provides direct bus service each day of the State Fair from locations in Burnsville, Eagan and Shakopee (light purple numbers 4, 5 and 6 in the map below). For details on schedules, bus ride pricing, how to buy bus tickets and more, check out Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.

SouthWest Transit Express Bus Service

SouthWest Transit provides direct bus service Thursdays to Sundays to the State Fair from locations in Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Chaska (dark purple numbers 7, 8 and 9 in the map below). For more information on locations, schedules, bus ride pricing, how to buy bus tickets and more, check out SouthWest Transit. Please note that service is only available Aug. 25-28 and Sept. 1-4.

Metro Transit Regular Bus Service

These regular Metro Transit bus routes serve the State Fairgrounds and have stops near an entrance gate. All regular-route buses are wheelchair accessible and have bike racks:

  • Route 3: This bus travels on Como Avenue between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.
  • METRO A Line: This bus travels on Snelling Avenue between Rosedale and the 46th Street Station.
  • Metro Green Line: To get to the State Fairgrounds via the METRO Green Line, board the light rail at one of the stations between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. Transfer to the METRO A Line bus at the Snelling Avenue Station at University Avenue.

Visit Metro Transit Regular Route Service for a map of bus stop locations near the fairgrounds and more information. For help planning your trip, use the Metro Transit Trip Planner, use the Chat tool from the Metro Transit website, or call 612-373-3333 or 711 – Minnesota Relay (deaf or hard of hearing).

Please note that Route 960 will not operate in 2022.

All information subject to change.