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Save big on Fair admission and parking

Released: May 24, 2017

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Leave your car at home

DEL MAR, Ca. ( May 24, 2017) -- Avoid traffic jams and parking fees and relax when you head to the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons. Take public transportation or hire Uber or Lyft. There are many different options for fairgoers, including a new ride from South County and Lakeside. Many of the options include reduced Fair admission as a bonus.

The Fair Tripper is available daily from the North County Transit District (NCTD). It includes a round trip on the COASTER, SPRINTER and BREEZE buses and Fair admission for $20. Children aged five and younger ride free and get free admission to the Fair. Tickets are available at transportation kiosks, or on the “Compass Cloud" App. For more on NCTD go to

New this year, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and the Fair offer the “Region Plus” Fair Tripper to bring people to the Fair from South County and Lakeside. Tickets are $24 and include bus and Trolley transportation. Fair admission can be purchased at the bus station kiosk or on the “Compass Cloud" App. Go to more information.

Take any San Diego Trolley line, Blue, Orange or Green, to the Old Town Transit Station to take the COASTER to the Fairgrounds. The COASTER stops at the Solana Beach station, north of the Fairgrounds. NCTD’s Special Route 408, runs between the station and the Fair’s West Gate every 20 minutes. Trains and buses run all day long.

The Solana Beach station is also served by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner. See more information. If Amtrak trains are utilized to travel to the Fair, disembark at the Solana Beach Station, and show your ticket for free use of the shuttle to the Fairgrounds.

During the Fair, NCTD operates Special Route 408 between the Escondido Transit Center and the Fair’s West Gate. Route 408 also circulates between the Fair’s West Gate and the Solana Beach train station.

Every day at the Fair’s West Gate, if you come via the train, you can present a same-day public transportation fare ticket and get a $4 discount on a Fair admission ticket.

There is a dedicated area for Uber and Lyft pick up and drop off in front of Surfside Race Place. For even more detailed transit information, go to

There is free parking and shuttle every day of the Fair at Horsepark, located east of I-5 off Via de la Valle. Double-decker buses transport people to and from the Fair with a drop off at the main gate.

On weekends and through the July 4 holiday weekend, there is free parking and shuttle service from Torrey Pines High School and the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College.

About the 2017 San Diego County Fair

Ride ‘em cowboys! “Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, remembering the rough and tumble Wild, Wild West and celebrating how the West is fun today. The 2017 Fair will feature a Wild West saloon, numerous Western-themed educational and historic exhibits and country music for everyone to enjoy. There is a new Sheriff in town and it is you! Pull on your boots, grab your cowboy hat, and ride on in to Del Mar for some fun this summer. The Fair opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and runs through Tuesday, July 4; it is closed the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information visit

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858)-755-1161 ext 2573
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Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

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