DART Park and Ride to the Iowa State Fair

Fair-goers can park their car and ride DART for a quick and direct trip to the Iowa State Fair August 9 – 19, 2018!

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 OR purchase your ticket in the MyDART app and receive half off the round-trip fare!

Tips for using the MyDART app to buy your Park & Ride bus ticket:

  • Plan ahead! Bus tickets are available now in the app so you can be ready to board when you arrive.
  • One person can buy multiple tickets in the app. There is no need for each person in a group to download the app.
  • You will need to create an account to buy bus tickets in the MyDART app.
  • Activate your ticket(s) a few minutes before you’re ready to board the bus.
  • To board the bus, simply show your device to the DART staff person at the bus’ entrance.