Ride the Bus to the Iowa State Fair and Save

This post is sponsored by DART.

DART state fairHeaded to the Iowa State Fair but not sure where to park? Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) has an easy and inexpensive solution! Fair-goers can park their car and ride DART for a convenient, air-conditioned trip to the Iowa State Fair August 10-20. Buses drop off and pick up at Gate 10 at the fairgrounds.

Free parking is available at three locations from 8:30 a.m. to midnight every day of the Fair.

This is a great option for families with kids. If you’re planning to bring a stroller into the fair, you can fold it and bring it on the bus. Kids love the chance to ride the bus, sometimes as much as going to the fair! 

Where to Park

  • Center Street Park & Ride at 7th and Center Streets
    Enter the Center Street parking ramp on 7th Street. The bus picks up at the corner of 6th Avenue and Center Street. 
  • Iowa State Capitol on East 12th Street
    Parking available at State Capitol visitor lots. The bus picks up on East 12th Street, directly east of the Capitol building.
  • Southeast Polk High School at NE 80th Street and Highway 163
    Parking is available in high school parking lots. The bus picks up at the main door of high school and drops off at Gate 10 of the Fairgrounds.

Expert Tip– The Center Street Park & Ride is a covered, shaded parking ramp just off the interstate!

DART round-trip fares are cash only, and for the day of the ride. Show your Iowa State Fair advance admission ticket and receive half off the round-trip fare. Exact change appreciated. One-way fares are available upon request. 

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

Expert Tip– Skip the line and buy your bus ticket in the MyDART app and receive half off the round-trip fare. Tickets are on sale NOW. Or you can purchase tickets from a ticket booth and show your ticket (or phone with app) when boarding. The same discount applies when you show your Iowa State Fair advanced admission ticket at the Park & Ride ticket booth.

For additional information, visit ridedart.com or contact DART Customer Service at 515-283-8100 or [email protected].

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