DART Park and Ride to the Iowa State Fair

Fair-goers can park their car and ride DART for a quick and easy direct trip to the Iowa State Fair August 10 – 20, 2017!

FREE Parking at Park & Ride Locations
Three Park & Ride locations are available, with free parking, from 8:30 a.m. to midnight each day of the fair.

  1. Center Street Park & Ride, 7th and Center Streets (map)
    Enter Center Street parking ramp on 7th Street. Bus picks up at the corner of 6th Avenue and Center Street. Drops off at Gate 10 at the Fairgrounds.
  2. Iowa State Capitol, East 12th Street (map)
    Parking available at State Capitol visitor lots. Bus picks up on East 12th Street, directly east of the Capitol building. Drops off at Gate 10 of the Fairground. Click here to view the State Capitol visitor parking lots. NOTE: On weekends, all State Capitol parking lots are available for DART Park & Ride parking.
  3. Southeast Polk High School, NE 80th Street and Highway 163* (map)
    Parking available in high school parking lots. Bus picks up at main door of high school. Drops off at Gate 8 of the Fairgrounds.

The Southeast Polk lot fills quickly. People going to the Fair Thursday before 9:30 a.m. or any day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are encouraged to use the Park & Ride locations at the Iowa State Capitol or Center Street.

More information on all three Park & Ride locations can be found at HERE

Costs to Ride
Round-trip Fares (cash only; exact change appreciated)

  • $2 adults (ages 11+)
  • $1 children ages 6-10, adults (65+), Medicare card holders and people with disabilities (half-fare)
  • Children 5 and younger are free

Discount: Show your Iowa State Fair advance admission ticket and receive half off the round-trip fare!

*All riders need a bus ticket to get to the Fair. No ticket needed for the return trip. One-way fares are available upon request.