Whether you ride the Ferris wheel, work the Ferris wheel, or avoid the Ferris wheel because you always eat too many scones, Community Transit is the easiest way to get to the Evergreen State Fair.
The Fair runs Aug. 23 through Sept. 3 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Community Transit has direct bus service to the Fair from Everett in the west and Gold Bar in the east. During Fair hours, buses will take you straight to the West Gate entrance.
Taking the bus is easy
Taking the bus to the Fair is easy. If you are paying cash, adult fares are $2.25, youth (6-18) fares are $1.50 and senior/disabled/Medicare residents can ride for $1 with a reduced fare pass. Please bring exact change.
If you don’t want to deal with cash, use an ORCA card. You can buy a monthly pass or load money directly onto an ORCA card, then just tap and ride. With an ORCA card, you get a two-hour transfer with your ride. Get an ORCA card at a participating Safeway or QFC store; or if you want to buy a youth or reduced fare ORCA card, visit the RideStore at Lynnwood Transit Center. Learn more about ORCA at www.communitytransit.org/ORCA.
Park for free
Free parking is available at park & rides throughout Snohomish County. The fairgrounds are served by Community Transit Routes 270 and 271 Monday through Friday, and Route 271 on Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day.
If you Ride Routes 270 and 271, you can park at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave., or at the Gold Bar, Snohomish and Sultan park & ride lots. Riders will need to walk out to Avenue D to catch the bus outside the Snohomish Park & Ride.
Many other routes connect to these routes in Everett or Snohomish. Use the online Trip Planner at www.communitytransit.org/TripPlanner or call Customer Service at 425-353-7433 (RIDE) to plan a bus trip from anywhere in the county.
On weekdays, Routes 270 and 271 serve the fairgrounds from both Gold Bar and Everett. Buses run every 30 minutes during the morning and evening peak, with hourly service in the middle of the day and at night.
On weekday afternoons, Route 270 and 271 trips from Boeing and Route 424 trips from Seattle will also stop at the fairgrounds. During fair hours, buses will not serve the Monroe Park & Ride, but will serve a special stop in the fairgrounds parking lot near the park & ride, as well as the Fair’s West Gate. Bus trips before 7:40 a.m. will continue to serve the park & ride.
On weekends and holidays, only Route 271 serves the fairgrounds, with service every hour.
Last Trips Home
If you get to the Fair by bus, don’t miss your bus home. The last trips leaving the fairgrounds are:
Weekdays – 9:37 p.m. to Everett; 9:20 p.m. to Gold Bar.
Saturdays – 8:43 p.m. to Everett; 8:40 p.m. to Gold Bar.
Sundays/Labor Day – 7:34 p.m. to Everett; 7:35 p.m. to Gold Bar.
For route maps and schedules, visit www.communitytransit.org/Schedules.
Community Transit is responsible for providing bus, paratransit, and vanpool service, and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. Call 425-353-7433 (RIDE) or 800-562-1375 for bus information, or 888-814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information. The agency is hiring drivers, mechanics and other positions. Visit www.communitytransit.org/Jobs for more information.