Public Transportation

Save time, gas, emissions and parking fees! Special public transportation options are available during the Washington State Fair, September 5 - 21, 2014.

Pierce Transit Fair Express Bus

The Fair Express is back! From September 5 - 21, 2014, Fair guests can catch Pierce Transit buses with direct service to the Fair's Blue Gate. Free parking is available at Lakewood Towne Center, Tacoma Community College and South Hill Mall for Fair Express service. The Fair Express bus service will run hourly from approximately 9:30am to 10:00pm Monday - Thursday and run every 30 minutes from approximately 9:30am to 11:15pm Friday - Sunday.

Fares are set at Pierce Transit’s regular one-way rates of $2 for adults, 75 cents for youth age 6 to 18 years, and free for age 5 and younger. Riders may use their ORCA cards for the service.

For additional information, visit the Pierce Transit website or call (253) 581-8000. Use the convenient Pierce Transit Trip Planner online tool to make planning your trip to the Fair a breeze.

Special needs riders - Pierce Transit SHUTTLE

Specialized transportation is available for registered SHUTTLE customers. Call Pierce Transit at 253-581-8100 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.

Note: to assist with the City of Puyallup's traffic control plan, Pierce Transit does not service stops between 7th Ave and 14th Ave on Meridian, Sept. 5-21. This affects route 402.

Sounder Train

Ride the SOUNDER train to the Fair, Saturdays, September 13 & 20!

The fun starts sooner when you take the train! 
Your first Fair ride can be the one that takes you there - the Sounder train. With the money you'll save on gas and parking, you can buy more scones and lemonade. Trains will run on Saturdays, September 13 and 20, serving nine stations from Everett to Puyallup.

Free shuttle to Fair - Pierce Transit will operate a shuttle from Puyallup Station to the Red Gate. Shuttle 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.

View the Sounder Express schedule here for boarding times

NEW THIS YEAR, we are offering a special Sounder Train Express Pack, which includes one round-trip fare on the Sounder train for Saturday, Sept. 13 OR Saturday, Sept. 20 PLUS your gate admission to the Washington State Fair (a $12.50 value)! Save up to 25% by purchasing your Fair admission and Sounder train fare in advance, plus skip the lines at the gate! Learn more and purchase your Express Pack here

ORCA may help save money on train fare.

Connect from Seattle with Sound Transit Buses

Sound Transit route options
Sound Transit

Visit Sound Transit online or call (888) 889-6368. Now offering service from Seattle to Puyallup seven days a week, via route #578!

Route #574
Take from SeaTac and/or Federal Way and to Lakewood Towne Center. 
Route info >

Route #578
Take from Seattle to the Puyallup Train Station. 
Route info > 

*Please note, the Sounder Bus operates out of the Sounder Train Station, which is roughly a 5 block walk to the Fair.

Kiwanis Fair Shuttle Service

Save time, gas, emissions, parking fees - leave the driving to KIWANIS Bus!
Direct to Washington State Fair’s GREEN gate

Daily shuttle service from two locations

Best Western Park Plaza - 620 S Hill Park Dr, Puyallup, WA 98373

Holiday Inn - 812 S Hill Park Dr, Puyallup, WA 98373

Service hours:   8:00am to Fair closing, Daily
Shuttle stops at each location every 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic
Note: Operating until 30 minutes past the end of Grandstand show, nightly
Weekend shuttle service - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays ONLY from
  • Puyallup, 4th St. NW & River Rd. (Adjacent to Kmart / Goodwill lot)

Service hours: 10:00am to Fair closing - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays     
Shuttle stops at each location every 15 - 20 minutes, depending on traffic                          
Note: Operating until 30 minutes past the end of Grandstand show, nightly
Park FREE at all three locations, in designated parking areas only.
Suggested donation
  • Adults - $5.00
  • Students (age 6 - 18) - $2.00 
  • Kids (5 & under) - FREE
  • Family - $12.00

Background on service

For the past 20 years. KIWANIS has operated shuttle service from the Best Western Park Plaza / Holiday Inn on South Hill to the Fair’s Green Gate. This service has been provided by club volunteers and the fare has been by donation.  Most riders say this has been “the best kept secret of the Fair”.

This year THE PUYALLUP ELKS will provide additional help, enabling the expansion of service to two new locations on weekends. Shuttle service is provided with club members donating their time, and net proceeds going back into the community for youth and senior citizen activities.

Puyallup Connector

Pierce Transit’s new Demonstration Route 425 is another convenient way to get to the Washington State Fair. Direct transit service is available from downtown Puyallup and South Hill with trips every 30 minutes, 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.


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