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MN State Fair and Renaissance Festival

Go to the Fair and the Faire for just one Fare!  

Based on your feedback from years past we're extending the days we go to the MN State Fair! Not only that, but we are providing service to the Renaissance Festival for the first time this year and in celebration of that, we and offering you a BOGO deal so that you can go to both events with SouthWest Transit!

Not sure which day(s) you're going to the fair(s)? Our ride tickets do not specify a date or time so you can use them anytime that works best in your schedule!

MN State Fair Service

  • August 22 – September 1 
  • No Service Labor Day, September 2

Renaissance Festival Service

  • Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) August 17 – September 29 and Festival Friday, September 27 
  • No Service Labor Day, September 2 

*Dates/times subject to change without notice, please check back for the most recent information and updates. If the events are cancelled for any reason, SouthWest Transit service will also be cancelled.

 

MN State Fair Bus Departure and Return Times 

MN State Fair Bus Departure and Return Schedule PDF

RenFest Bus Departure and Return Times 

East Creek Station and Carver Station Bus Schedules PDF  

SouthWest Station and SouthWest Village Bus Schedules PDF 

 

Round-Trip Fare Options:*

Option 1: MN State Fair Ride Ticket Only 

  • Adults: $6 
  • Children 5 and Under: Free 
  • Disabled Veterans with proper ID: Free 

Option 2: Renaissance Festival Ride Ticket Only

  • Adults: $6 
  • Children 5 and Under: Free 
  • Disabled Veterans with proper ID: Free 

Option 3: MN State Fair and Renaissance Festival BOGO Deal Ride Tickets (Ride to and from both on any days you'd like!)

  • Adults: $6 
  • Children 5 and Under: Free 
  • Disabled Veterans with proper ID: Free 

SouthWest Transit adheres to the Renaissance Festival’s guidelines on Dogs and Weapons. For more information and to read their guidelines, visit their website here. 

*Reminder! When you purchase a ride, you are not purchasing for a specific a day and time, you can use your ticket whenever it's convenient for you during our service to the fairs! Please note, because you can use your tickets for any day and time, prepaid fares will not be refunded if the fairs are closed for any reason.

 

Discount Days:**

MN State Fair Senior Day Rides: August 26 and August 29 (these are the same Senior Discount days as the Fair)

  • Seniors: $3 

MN State Fair Military Day Rides: August 27 (this is the same Senior Discount day as the Fair)

  • All military, active and retired with proper ID: $3
  • Disabled veterans with proper ID : Free

RenFest Military Day Rides: September 15

  • All military, active and retired with proper ID: $3
  • Disabled veterans with proper ID: Free

**Discount Day fares are available at the stations when paying with cash or with credit card. Senior Day and Military Day discounts cannot be combined with the Buy One, Get One (BOGO) deal or any other SouthWest Transit discount offers. 

  

Ways to buy a Ride Ticket:

In Advance

  • Download the Token Transit App for ios or Android and follow the instructions

    • Activate your pass only when ready to board the shuttle (bus), please show your pass upon boarding

On-site during the fair service

  • Ride tickets can be purchased onsite during the fair service with cash (exact change) or credit card

 

Please note, Go-To Cards are not accepted for special event shuttle fares