The San Diego County Fair is open through July 4. In the interest of public safety, activities involving direct animal interaction at the Fair have been suspended.

All guests are encouraged to wash their hands after any contact with animals or their living area, as well as prior to eating or drinking.

Transit Discounts

The information below is from the 2019 Fair, and it will give you an idea of what to expect in 2020. Please check back soon!

Save When You Take Mass Transit!

Make your first ride of the day on a bus, trolley or train, and be delivered directly to the Fair’s West Gate! Our Fair Tripper package combines transit fare and Fair admission, at a discount! (Plus, you won’t be paying for parking.)

If you have a monthly transit pass (Compass Card), or if you present a same-day transit ticket at the ticket window, you can get a gate admission discount.

Buy Fair Tripper with Compass Cloud

The Fine Print

Ready to get on board for this great deal? Read on for important information!

Cost:
NCTD Fair Tripper (ages 13-64): $21
NCTD Fair Tripper (ages 6-12, and 65 and older): $13

Region Plus Fair Tripper (ages 13-64): $25.00
Region Plus Fair Tripper (ages 6-12, and 65 and older): $15.00

What it includes: Fair admission and round-trip transit fare from your station or bus stop all the way to the Fair’s West Gate. Take a bus, train or trolley to a COASTER station, disembark at the Solana Beach station, then board NCTD Special BREEZE Route 408, which takes you from the Solana Beach train station to the Fair’s West Gate. It’s all included!

Which ticket to buy (NCTD or Region Plus): Each of these tickets includes COASTER fare. If your journey uses NCTD’s transit (SPRINTER train and BREEZE buses), buy the NCTD ticket. If your journey uses MTS buses or trolley, buy the Region Plus ticket.

Where To Buy It: 

  • Buy the NCTD Fair Tripper or Region Plus Fair Tripper through the Compass Cloud app , available on Google Play and the Apple Store.
  • Buy the NCTD Fair Tripper package at NCTD ticket machines.
    The Fair Tripper is not sold on MTS vending machines, or in transit offices.

If you are not familiar with San Diego County mass transit, we explain it for you on our Public Transportation page.

Yes! You can get a discount of $4 on Fair admission by presenting a same-day transit ticket or monthly pass at the Fair’s West Gate. This discount is available only at this gate (because it is where transit buses let off and pick up passengers), and it is applicable to adult, senior or child admission.

When is it better to use the gate discount, rather than buy the Fair Tripper package?

  • If you have a monthly transit pass.
  • If you only need a one-way ticket, because you have another way to get home.
  • If you do not want to download the Compass Cloud app (which is the only way to buy Fair Tripper on the MTS system).
  • If you are a senior. Combine the savings for seniors on regular Fair admission and transit tickets, and then add in the $4 gate discount, and the combined cost will be pretty close to the Fair Tripper cost.

Children 5 and younger get a sweet deal.

  • On NCTD, children 5 and younger ride free with a paying passenger.
  • On MTS, up to two children 5 and younger ride free with each paying passenger.
  • At the Fair, children 5 and younger are admitted free every day.

Please see our Public Transportation page for links to the NCTD and MTS websites. Each website has contact information in case you need additional help to purchase these discounts.

If you need help during the Fair, you can call our Guest Services office, (858) 794-1124, or visit the office on the first floor in the East Grandstand (next to the Fine Art exhibit).

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