The State Fair of Texas® is a terrific way to spend time with friends or family, whether you’re enjoying a live show, exploring the Creative Arts entries, or sampling some of the delicious deep-fried food. Big Tex® will greet you with a warm “howdy” as you make your way through the fair, which runs through Oct. 23.
Senior citizens 60 years and older get into the fair free each Thursday, and they are eligible for a discounted fair ticket price of $14 every other day of the fair if they purchase at the gate, or $12 online. And the best way to reach the excitement is a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) train or bus.
Fair Park or MLK, Jr. Station
State Fair visitors can ride the DART Rail Green Line to two stations: Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl.
Passengers riding DART Rail and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to downtown Dallas can transfer easily to the Green Line. From downtown Dallas, Green Line trains going to the fair will read “BUCKNER,” “LAWNVIEW” or “FAIR PARK.”
DART Fares and Passes
DART Senior Citizen Annual Pass holders have everything they need to take DART to the State Fair.
For those who are not annual pass holders, reduced fares are available for senior citizens ages 65 or older (with a valid DART photo ID), non-paratransit certified persons with disabilities (with valid DART photo ID) and Medicare card holders. Reduced Local Day Passes are only $2.50 each. Everyone ages 15-64 pays regular fare and a Local Adult Day Pass is $5.
You may obtain a DART Senior Photo ID by visiting the DART Store, located at DART Headquarters at 1401 Pacific Ave. (Akard Station). The DART Store is open Monday-Friday, and photo IDs are made between 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. only.
You must bring proof of age such as a driver’s license, passport or other substantiating documentation. There is a $2 fee to cover the cost of the photo. A DART Store agent will take your picture and create your DART Senior Citizen Photo ID card.
DART passes can be purchased at any rail station from the ticket vending machines (TVMs), which take cash, debit cards and credit cards. When purchasing a pass on a bus, exact cash or change is required. Bus operators cannot provide change.
Smartphone users should download the free DART GoPass app, available in the App Store and the Google Play store. On GoPass, you can buy and store your tickets on your phone and access travel tools and rider alerts. Learn more at DART.org/GoPass.
Enjoy Level Boarding
The center car of every DART Rail vehicle is a low-floor section that offers level boarding with the rail platform. DART’s new fleet of buses also has low-floor sections and is equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.
For more information, visit: DART.org/StateFair or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.