General Information

 

Get to the Fair

  • Bus & Train Info
  • Driving Directions
  • Maps
  • Parking Info

Park and Ride


Public Transportation is one of the easiest, least expensive, and safest ways to get to and from the Fair, even for those who wish to enjoy the Fair late into the evening! Express lanes used exclusively for bus transport, and drop-off and pick-up directly at Gate 1 make Park and Ride an excellent option when planning your Fair trip!

 

 

Raleigh & Cary Bus Info

Take CAT to the State Fair!

The shuttles operate every 20 to 30 minutes every day from 3 locations.
All passengers are dropped off at Gate 1 of the State Fairgrounds.

 

Click on the red routes below for driving directions!

 

Hillsborough Street Route

  • This route stops at special blue State Fair bus stops along the route. The route begins on Wilmington Street at Morgan Street in front of the NC DOT building, turns left on Edenton Street, merges onto Hillsborough Street and travels to the fairgrounds.
  • Look for the blue State Fair signs.
  • Daily service from 8:30 a.m. to midnight (On October 17th, Fair Preview Day, this service will operate from 2:30pm- Midnight)


North Raleigh - 2728 Capital Blvd.

  • Operates 8:30am until Midnight (On October 17th, Fair Preview Day, this service will operate from 2:30pm- Midnight)
  • The North Raleigh lot has been relocated to one block North of the I-440 Beltline, Exit 11 (Capital Blvd, North). Headed south, make a u-turn just past the Dunkin' Donuts and make a right onto Westinghouse Blvd. Follow the Green State Fair Signs. The Park and Ride Lot is located behind the old Westinghouse building off of Capital Blvd. Entrance off Westinghouse Rd.


Cary Park-and-Ride Shuttle - WakeMed Soccer Park 

  • Operates from 8:30am until Midnight (On October 17th, Fair Preview Day, this service will operate from 2:30pm- Midnight)
  • Follow the Green State Fair signs from I-40 Exit 290 (Cary/Highway 54) or Exit 291 (Cary Towne Boulevard) to WakeMed Soccer Park off of East Chatham Street near the Raleigh/Cary border.

 

 

Fares 
• Full fare is $4 round trip
• Reduced fare for passengers with disabilities and senior citizens age 65 and older is $2 round trip.
• Children under 40" tall ride free with a paying passenger. All others pay full fare.
• Exact change required
• Exact change required
• No passes (GoPass, Regional Day Pass, etc.) accepted

 


Drop Off Location at the Fair

  • CAT bus riders will be dropped off and picked up outside Gate 1 of the fairgrounds, along Hillsborough Street.

Chapel Hill & RTP Bus Info

Take Triangle Transit to the State Fair!

Mangum Hall, UNC Campus

  • On Saturdays (Oct. 19 and 26 only), buses will depart 10 minutes before the hour from Mangum Hall between 8:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Buses will depart the Fairgrounds for return trips on the hour between noon and 10 p.m.
  • On Sundays (Oct. 20 and 27 only), buses will depart 10 minutes before the hour from Mangum Hall between 10:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. Buses will depart the Fairgrounds on the hour between noon and 6 p.m.

Chapel Hill/ South Durham- NC HWY 54 Park and Ride Lot 

  • Saturdays (Oct. 19 and 26 only), buses will depart on the hour from the NC HWY 54 lot park-and-ride (off of Hwy NC 54 at Friday Center, last lot on the left) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Buses will depart the Fairgrounds for return trips on the hour between noon and 10 p.m.

  •  On Sundays (Oct. 20 and 27 only), buses will depart on the hour from the NC HWY 54 lot park-and-ride (off of Hwy NC 54 at Friday Center, last lot on the left) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Buses will depart the Fairground between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Buses will depart the Fairgrounds on the hour between noon and 6 p.m.



Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center (RTC) at 901 Slater Rd, Durham Exit 282 (Page Rd) on I-40

  • On Saturdays (Oct. 19 and 26 onlyy), buses will depart at 30 minutes past the hour from the Triangle Transit RTC between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Buses will depart the Fairgrounds on the hour between noon and 10 p.m.
  • On Sundays (Oct. 20 and 27 only), buses will depart at 30 minutes past the hour from the Triangle Transit RTC between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Buses will depart the Fairgrounds on the hour between noon and 6 p.m. 

Saturday, October 19 & 26Mangum Hall1Friday Center P&RRegional Transit CenterState Fairgrounds Gate 12
Saturday, Oct. 19 & 26
     
Mangum Hall Friday Center P&R Regional Transit Center State Fairgrounds Gate 1
8:50 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM Drop off only
9:50 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM Drop off only
10:50 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM
Then every hour until …
6:50 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM
      9:00 PM
      10:00 PM

1Times shown at Mangum Hall are approximate. Bus may leave ahead of schedule.
2Bus will return to Regional Transit Center, then Friday Center, then Mangum Hall. All trips from the Fairgrounds only drop off passengers.

Sunday, October 20 & 27Mangum Hall1Friday Center P&RRegional Transit CenterState Fairgrounds Gate 12
Sunday, October 20 & 27
     
Mangum Hall Friday Center P&R Regional Transit Center State Fairgrounds Gate 1
10:50 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 AM
11:50 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Then every hour until …
3:50 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM
      6:00 PM

1Times shown at Mangum Hall are approximate. Bus may leave ahead of schedule.
2Bus will return to Regional Transit Center, then Friday Center, then Mangum Hall.

All trips from the Fairgrounds only drop off passengers.

 

Fares

  • The Triangle Transit express bus ticket price will be $5.00 round-trip for individuals over the age of 12.
  • Persons with disabilities pay $2.50 round-trip.
  • Exact change is required.
  • No passes (GoPass, Regional Day Pass, etc.) accepted


Drop Off Location at the Fair

  • Triangle Transit bus riders will be dropped off and picked up at Gate 1 of the fairgrounds.
  • For additional information, call the GoTriangle Regional Call Center at 485-RIDE (7433).


Durham Bus Info 

Take DATA to the State Fair!


DATA Shuttle Service begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 27. DATA buses depart hourly from Durham Station and the Heritage Square Park-and-Ride Lot.

Durham Station, 515 West Pettigrew St. | Map
There is very limited, free on-street parking near Durham Station. Plan your bus trip from home at http://www.gotriangle.org.

Heritage Square Park-and-Ride Lot, 401 East Lakewood Avenue | Map
DATA is going to use Heritage Square off of Lakewood Avenue as their park-and-ride lot for the fair shuttle.


Monday-Saturday Shuttle Schedule:

Monday-Saturday: Both shuttles operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The last departure from the fairgrounds returning to Durham is at 11 p.m.

DATA Monday thru Friday State Fair schedule


Sunday Shuttle Schedule:

Sundays: the shuttle departs Durham Station from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last departure from the fairgrounds returning to Durham is at 7 p.m. The 7 p.m. trip on Sundays will make its final stop at the Durham Station, and WILL NOT make any other connections. Please plan your trip home from the Durham Station on Sundays with this in mind.

DATA State Fair shuttle Sunday service

 

Fares

  • The DATA State Fair Shuttle uses a special pass that contains a round-trip (2 rides). State Fair Shuttle passes may only be purchased on the State Fair Shuttle. You may also pay a cash fare. Exact change required. Use of any type of day or regional pass will not be allowed.
  • The shuttle fare is $5 round-trip.
  • No passes (GoPass, Regional Day Pass, etc.) accepted
  • The discount fare for passengers with disabilities is $2.50 round-trip
  • Youth 12-years-old and younger ride free. Youth taller than 5 feet (60") require a DATA ID to ride free.
  • Seniors (65 & older) and City of Durham employees also ride free.
  • DATA ID, Medicare card or government-issued identification is required for discount or free fares.
  • Exact change is required.

Drop Off Location at the Fair

  • DATA bus riders will be dropped off and picked up at Gate 1 of the fairgrounds
  • For additional information, call the GoTriangle Regional Call Center at 485-RIDE (7433). 

Garner Area Bus Information

McLaurin Parking Co. Park & Ride Lot in Garner | Map
Fairgoers east of Raleigh can take advantage of the Garner Park & Ride Lot. Located off of Hwy. 70 East/401 South, South Wilmington Street at 500 Chapanoake Road. The lot can also be reached off of Tryon Road (near the Tryon/South Wilmington Intersection) at Grenelle Street, 400 Tryon Road.

Saturdays and Sundays only

  • Buses will depart on the hour from the Garner park-and-ride between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Buses will depart the Fair for the return trip to Garner between 9 a.m. and midnight.


Fares

  • The full fare is $4 round trip
  • The reduced fare for passengers with disabilities and senior citizens (over 65) is $2 round trip.
  • Children under 40" tall ride free with a paying passenger. All others pay full fare.
  • Exact change is required
  • No passes (GoPass, Regional Day Pass, etc.) accepted


Drop Off Location at the Fair

  • Garner Park & Ride bus riders will be dropped off and picked up outside Gate 1of the fairgrounds, along Hillsborough Street.


 

 


AMTRAK


AMTRAK


Getting to the State Fair on Train 80
Ride train 80 departing Charlotte at 7:00am* with stops at Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington,  
Durham, Cary, State Fairgrounds & Raleigh station.
Book tickets using Fare Code NSF.
For best fares, book early and print your own ticket before you get to the station.
Train 80 arrives across the street from the Fairgrounds at approximately 10:08am.*
State Fair tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate.

Getting Home from the State Fair on Train 79
Ride train 79 departing State Fairgrounds stop at 4:56pm* with stops at Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point,
Salisbury, Kannapolis & Charlotte.
Book tickets using Fare Code NSF.
For best fares, book early. Tickets now on sale 4 easy ways (see below).
Train 79 arrives Charlotte station approximately 8:12 pm.*

*Note: Trains are considered on time if they arrive within 30 minutes of their scheduled arrival time. We recommend checking train status before you travel by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

One-way fares to the State Fair as low as:
From Charlotte - $28
From Greensboro - $12
From Kannapolis - $26
From Burlington - $9.50
From Salisbury- $23
From Durham - $6.50
From High Point - $15.50
From Cary - $5.50
Discounts available for seniors, children, college students with Student Advantage Card & active military.

*Note: Temporary State Fair stop is wheelchair-accessible.

Book tickets 1 of 4 easy ways
At automated ticket kiosks at all stations.
Online at Amtrak.com. eTicketing available.
Walk-up window sales at Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Greensboro & Charlotte stations.
By calling 1-800-USA-RAIL or by picking up red reservation phones at Burlington, High Point, Salisbury or Kannapolis
stations.

 

Commercial Carrier/School Bus/Church Bus Parking

 

Commercial Carriers - NEW for 2013

All commercial carriers and motorcoaches will use the new bus transit lot at Gate 1 on Hillsborough St. for drop-off and pick-up of passengers. Commercial Carriers and motorcoachse will then be directed to WakeMed Soccer Park for parking. Drivers wishing to attend the N.C. State Fair will then take the CAT Park and Ride buses to and from the fair.

 

School Bus/Church Bus Parking

You can unload and load your bus at Gate 10 located at the corner of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads, then park the vehicle in that same parking lot on Trinity Road. Please access the Gate 10 drop-off zone via the entrance on Blue Ridge Road. Parking lot attendants or security personnel will direct you to the appropriate place to park. If the lot is full, you will be directed by parking attendants to an overflow parking lot in Carter-Finley Stadium.

 

View a map of the fairgrounds, including the Gate 10 drop off location, by visiting the Maps tab in the Get to the Fair section of this website.

 

 

Driving Directions

Physical Address:
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607


The N.C. State Fairgrounds is easily accessible from the I-440 Beltline, I-40, as well as from Blue Ridge Road, N.C. Highway 54 (Hillsborough Street) and Edwards Mill Road. Free parking is available on State Fair and Carter-Finley Football Stadium property, except for recreational vehicles that park between the hours of midnight and 8:00 a.m.

From Greensboro, Durham, Chapel Hill, or RDU Airport

I-40 East into Raleigh
Exit Wade Avenue, Exit #289
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

From Fayetteville, Lumberton, South Carolina

I-95 North to I-40 West
Exit Wade Avenue, Exit #289
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

From Goldsboro, Kinston

US 70 West to I-40 West
Exit #293, I-440 to Exit #289 Wade Avenue
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

From Rocky Mount

US 64 / 264 West to Raleigh
Exit 419 - I-440 towards Wake Forest
Exit Wade Avenue, Exit #4-B
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

From Wilmington, Jacksonville

I-40 West to Raleigh
Exit Wade Avenue, Exit #289
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

From Wilson, Greenville

US 264 West to 64 West to Raleigh
Exit 419 - I-440 towards Wake Forest
Exit Wade Avenue, Exit #4-B
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

From Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury

I-85 North to I-40 East to Raleigh
Exit Wade Avenue, Exit #289
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

From Richmond, Petersburg, Virginia

I-95 South to I-85 South to US 1 South to Raleigh
Take I-440 W Exit towards Sanford
Exit Wade Avenue, Exit #4-B
Exit Edwards Mill Road

Follow signs to State Fair parking

Parking Info

The best option for getting to the fair is to park in a Park & Ride lot and ride the bus. See the Bus & Train information for where these lots are located. Park & Ride buses drop off patrons at Gate 1, eliminating the hassle of finding a parking spot. Convenient Park & Ride lots are available in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and RTP.

 

Parking is free on state property

Free parking is available on State Fair, Carter-Finley Football Stadium and PNC Arena properties. Fairgoers are encouraged to take Wade Avenue to the Edwards Mill Extension to park in these lots. There may be exceptions if events are scheduled at Carter-Finley or the PNC Arena.

 

See a map of the Fairgrounds

 

Recreational vehicles are not allowed to remain in the parking spaces owned by the State Fair between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.

 

Neighboring Private Lots: During the Fair, neighboring residents frequently convert parts of their property to small parking lots, and charge between $5 and $10 for space. This is not controlled by the State Fair.

 

 

Handicap parking lots
The parking lot at Gate 10 at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, between Trinity Road and Blue Ridge Road is paved and designated for Handicap Parking only. There are more than 100 parking spaces designated for use by handicapped or disabled visitors in this lot, but a valid handicap permit is required. This lot should be accessed via Blue Ridge Rd. Visitors can access the Fair through gates 9 and 10. When handicap parking spaces at Gate 10 are filled, drivers with valid handicap permits will be directed to Carter-Finley Stadium. Passenger vehicles may unload disabled passengers in the paved parking lot near Gate 10, but may only park there if the vehicle displays a valid handicap permit, and if space is available. The driver of the vehicle should inform a traffic patrol officer of the intention to simply drop off disabled passengers.

 

Overflow parking for the Gate 10 lot will be at Carter-Finley Stadium Gate B. A handicap accessible bus will be available to transport fairgoers from this lot to Gates 8. 9 and 10.

 

Click here for more information about handicap accessibility.

 

Exhibitor parking lots

Concessionaires and exhibitors park in the lot west of RV Parking past Gate 9 along Trinity Road and at a new lot at Carter-Finley Stadium Gate C. A shuttle will be provided from Carter-Finley Stadium Gate C to State Fair Gates 9 and 12 for exhibitors/concessionaires/employees. Permits are required for these lots.

 

Don't park on the street!
In years past, fairgoers have been accustomed to parking alongside Wade Avenue, but both Wade Avenue and Edwards Mill Road are now designated as tow-away zones. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has implemented these areas for the safety and protection of pedestrians. Youth Center Road is also a tow-away zone.

 

On especially busy days, the Highway Patrol may shut down exits from Wade to Blue Ridge Road and from the inner beltline to Hillsborough -- starting as early as traffic demands it -- to encourage flow to Edwards Mill Road.

 

Please be aware that the parking lot at the K-Mart on the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Western Boulevard is private property, and is now a tow away zone.

 

You parked the car where?

 

Tram services

A parking lot tram will shuttle passengers from a tented bus stop on Peter Karmanos Drive (Gate A) at Carter-Finley Stadium to State Fair Gates 8, 9 and 10 for free each day of the fair. The tram is wheelchair-accessible.

 

A separate, inner-perimeter tram operates inside the gates of the fairgrounds for a fee. This tram stops at Gate 1, the Folk Festival (near Gate 10), Dorton Arena and Gate 8. Ticket booths for purchasing tram tickets are located at each of these stops inside the fairgrounds. Tram tickets cannot be purchased in advance. Unfortunately, the interior tram service is not wheelchair-accessible.