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DART to the State Fair

The State Fair of Texas® comes only once a year, so it’s important to do it right! Fortunately, DART makes traveling to Fair Park easy. If you follow some of these travel tips, you’ll have an even better experience.

Use MLK Jr. Station, too

Most DART riders are familiar with Fair Park Station. But MLK Jr. Station also serves Fair Park at Gate 6, near Cotton Bowl Stadium. From Downtown Dallas, take the Green Line with signs that read BUCKNER, LAWNVIEW or FAIR PARK.

Use the whole train when boarding

It’s natural to want to get on at the closest door – that’s why some sections are often more crowded. Stretch out a little! Look for the doors without a line. And don’t forget, the center section of each vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform – perfect for fairgoers with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices.

Plan your trip with mobile tools

Riding DART to the State Fair is easier when you use our mobile travel tools:

  • GoPass app has the full complement of Travel Tools
  • Twitter offers real-time information. Check us out at @DARTmedia and @DARTalerts.
  • m.DART.org – DART’s Mobile Site – has a trip planner, bus and train locators, rider alerts and point-to-point schedules.
  • Call Customer Service at 214-979-1111 seven days a week.

Use GoPass®, Buy in Advance, Activate Tickets the Day You Go

You can save $2 on your State Fair of Texas admission ticket by purchasing it from your GoPass app. General admission tickets through the app are just $16 and child/senior tickets are $12, versus $18 and $14 at the gate.  

Both your DART pass and your Fair tickets will be right there on your phone and scanned at the gates. Purchase your DART passes and State Fair of Texas tickets in advance, but DON’T ACTIVATE them until the day you go to the fair.

The app also features travel tools such as the trip planner, Where’s My Bus® and Where’s My TrainSM locators, links to ridesharing services and travel alerts.


Check the DART schedule – it’s different. 

During the fair, DART offers more frequent and extended service, as well as special service for the Oct. 7 Prairie View A&M University v. Grambling State University game and the Oct. 14 University of Texas v. University of Oklahoma game.

Park free at a DART station

Save time and gas; skip the hassle and expense of parking at Fair Park. Free parking is available at many DART transit centers and rail stations with Park & Ride lots. Find locations at DART.org/parking.

We hope these helpful tips make your DARTable State Fair of Texas visit a fun adventure!

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