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Get Your State Fair On With DART

Last updated on September 11, 2023

When it comes to local color, corny dogs and Big Tex are local icons. The State Fair of Texas delivers them all, and DART is your ride to the adventure! This year’s theme is “Explore the Midway.” The fair starts Friday, Sept. 29 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 22.

Here are some helpful tips for a smooth experience on DART to the State Fair of Texas.

Save with the GoPass app

Dallas College students with a DART GoPass ride the DART for free, including riding to the State Fair! Use the promo code provided by the GoPass app to receive $5 off fair admission Monday-Friday and $7 off on Saturdays and Sundays. To enjoy this special pricing, simply enter the promo code 23DART when purchasing your ticket on the State Fair of Texas website.

Get your free GoPass at

The app is free, and available through the Apple App Store or Google Play. Go to for more details on the app, as well as information on the GoPass Tap card and other contactless payment methods.

Green Line to the state fair

Spend more time enjoying the fair, and less time dealing with traffic and parking. Just take the Green Line, which drops you off right at the main gate (Fair Park Station) or a couple of blocks from Gate 6 near the Cotton Bowl (MLK, Jr. Station).

Free parking

Park for free at any DART Park & Ride station. Each of DART’s four light rail lines has numerous points in downtown Dallas where you can transfer to the Green Line. And if you’re riding the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) or DCTA A-train, transfers are a snap — both connect directly to the Green Line at Victory Station.

Spread out a little

It’s understandable that people tend to cluster near the front end of the platforms. But if you make use of the whole platform before boarding your train, you just may have a less crowded riding experience.

If the train is full, consider taking the bus. DART Bus Routes 23 and 214 will drop you off near the main entrance of the fair. To see if a DART Bus fits your itinerary, visit DART schedules or use the Google Transit trip planner at

Enjoy your visit to the State Fair — which is among every Texans’ favorite Treats of Texas. DART lets you avoid the traffic congestion, as well as the cost and hassle of parking.

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