Transit Discounts

The information below is from the 2018 Fair, and it will give you an idea of what to expect in 2019. Please check back!

Save When You Take Mass Transit!

Fair Tripper Combines Transit Fare and Fair Admission.

Make your first ride of the day on a bus, trolley or train! See our Public Transportation page for how this works, and once you’re convinced this is for you, buy our Fair Tripper package to save money on transit fare and Fair admission. Online sales are through the Compass Cloud app.

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.

The Fine Print

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

NCTD Fair Tripper (13 and older): $20.00
NCTD Fair Tripper (ages 6-12): $12.00

Region Plus Fair Tripper (13 and older): $24.00
Region Plus Fair Tripper (ages 6-12): $14.00

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!

Where To Buy It: Buy the NCTD Fair Tripper or Region Plus Fair Tripper through the Compass Cloud app.  You can also buy the NCTD Fair Tripper package at NCTD ticket machines. Sales are scheduled to begin on May 18, 2018.

You can get a discount of $4.00 on Fair admission by presenting a same-day transit ticket or Compass Card 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 are 62 and older (see the separate tab in this section for details.)

If you are 62 and older, you have a choice when it comes to the Fair Tripper:

  • You can buy the adult Fair Tripper package for convenience. (One purchase includes transit fare and gate admission.)
  • You can save a little money by buying your transit ticket and gate admission separately, because of the discounts offered to seniors by the Fair, NCTD and MTS. If you choose to do this, be sure to show your transit ticket when you buy your Fair admission to get the $4 gate admission discount.

Please note: Page 65 of the printed 2018 Fair Guide contains an error. There is no senior price for the Fair Tripper. However, if you buy transit fare and Fair admission with the gate discount as outlined above, your cost will be very close to the price listed in the Guide. We regret the error.

Children 5 and younger get a sweet deal.

  • On NCTD, children 5 and younger ride free.
  • 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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