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Going to the Marin County Fair? Take Bus, Train or Ride Your Bike

Free Marin Transit buses, late SMART trains, and bicycle valet service are available for fairgoers July 3-7.
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San Rafael, CA – Visitors to the 2024 Marin County Fair should consider bus service, train service, or pedal power when arriving at or leaving from the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael.

All Marin Transit fixed-route bus rides countywide will be free all five days of the fair, which starts Wednesday, July 3, and runs through Sunday, July 7. There will be additional buses and operational hours during the five-day fair, located just off Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. Riders should note that the Paratransit, Catch-A-Ride, and Muir Woods Shuttle services will be exempt from the free fares. 

“Marin Transit is pleased to support the County Fair again with free fares systemwide and added service to get people safely home after the fireworks,” said Nancy Whelan, Marin Transit General Manager. “We hope this encourages people to take transit to the fair and for other needs during the summer season. In fact, youth can ride free all summer long on Marin Transit buses.

Fair guests can also ride the SMART train directly to the fairgrounds. In addition to its regular schedule, SMART will provide late-night service after the fireworks. Trains will depart Civic Center Station southbound at 9:55 PM and northbound at 10:05 PM and 10:35 PM. SMART will also add extra capacity on the regular schedule to accommodate the crowds going to the fair earlier in the day but will run the Sunday/Holiday schedule on the Fourth of July. 

Make sure to check transit schedules for pricing and timing as the SMART schedule is subject to change. Youth and seniors ride free of charge every day on SMART!

"SMART is pleased to partner with Marin County again this year to provide additional train service for fairgoers after the fireworks show,” said Eddy Cumins, SMART General Manager. “This is a great way for fairgoers to avoid traffic and parking hassles. And we know older adults and youth will like riding free on SMART.”

Marin County Bicycle Coalition will offer free bike valet service from 11 AM to 11 PM each day of the fair. The bike lot will be near the main gate in front of the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium.

Golden Gate Transit also offers stops at the Marin County Civic Center. 

“We encourage fairgoers to leave their cars at home and take advantage of transit options,” said Cultural Services Director Gabriella Calicchio. “Partnerships with Marin Transit, SMART, and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition allow myriad transportation alternatives!”

Vehicle and motorcycle parking is $20 in all County parking lots. The parking operation is cashless, so visitors choosing that option should bring a credit or debit card.

For more fair information, check www.marinfair.org.

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Page updated June 14, 2024