Del Mar CA— We’ve been busy paving a golden path to the San Diego County Fair with improved parking and transportation options, so harness your courage and use your brain to map out your fun trip to Oz, and your heart will be happy!
Getting to the Fair can be a cinch if you come at non-peak times, hop in a rideshare, carpool, bus or COASTER and/or stay tuned in to real-time parking updates. The San Diego County Fair has teamed up with North County Transit District (NCTD), Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), CalTrans, the Sheriff’s Department and the Cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and San Diego to offer a variety of options to arrive in Oz without feeling like you’ve been swept up in a tornado.
Plan Your Trip to San Diego’s Version of Oz
Tune in to AM 1680 – You’ll hear real-time parking updates as you approach the Fairgrounds on AM 1680 throughout the run of the Fair. Parking lots are open on a space-available basis. You’ll also find these real-time updates on www.sdfair.com, on Twitter at @SDFair and by downloading the San Diego County Fair app on your phone.
Grab a Fair Tripper combo ticket – You’ll save money and hassle with this Oz-some deal, which combines your round-trip transit fare with Fair admission. Plus, you won’t be paying for parking! Take a bus, train or trolley to a COASTER station, disembark at the Solana Beach station, then board NCTD Special BREEZE Route 408, which takes you from the Solana Beach train station to the Fair’s West Gate. It’s all included!
- NCTD Fair Tripper (ages 13-64): $21
- NCTD Fair Tripper (ages 6-12, and 65 and older): $13
- Region Plus Fair Tripper (ages 13-64): $25
- Region Plus Fair Tripper (ages 6-12, and 65 and older): $15
Hop on the bus or train – Take all the work out of getting here when you hop on public transportation. NCTD serves North San Diego County with the COASTER and SPRINTER trains and the BREEZE bus system. MTS serves South San Diego County with the blue line, orange line and green line trolleys and MTS bus system. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner runs between San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot and makes a stop in Solana Beach, where Fair guests disembark. You’ll find more tips about public transportation here.
Pick your parking option – On-site and off-site parking options are available for those driving to the Fair. Free shuttle services will be available from all off-site lots to the main Fairgrounds gate. Tune in to AM 1680 for up-to-date parking information; lots are open on a space-available basis. You’ll find more tips about parking here.
On-site parking lot hours are 9 a.m. daily (two hours before Fair gates open), 1 p.m. on opening day (May 31) and 8 a.m. on July 4. Lots close one hour after the Fairgrounds close. Cost is $17 for general parking or $27 for preferred parking. Trams provide service to lots throughout the day.
Off-site parking is available at the Fairgrounds’ Horse Park for $5, or for free at Torrey Pines High School and MiraCosta College San Elijo during these times:
- May 31: Horse Park parking open from 1 p.m. to closing.
- Saturdays: All lots open from 9 a.m. to closing.
- Sundays: All lots open from 9 a.m. to closing.
- Wednesday-Fridays (June 5-14): Horse Park parking open from 9 a.m. to closing.
- Wednesday-Fridays (June 19-28): Horse Park parking open from 9 a.m. to closing and Torrey Pines High School parking open from noon to closing.
- Monday-Wednesday (July 1-3): All lots open from 9 a.m. to closing.
- July 4: Horse Park open from 8 a.m. to closing and Torrey Pines High School and MiraCosta lots open from 9 a.m. to closing.
- Public Transportation: www.sdfair.com/plan-your-visit/public-transportation/
- Parking: www.sdfair.com/plan-your-visit/parking/
- Twitter: @SDFair
- General Fair Information: www.sdfair.com