Parking / DART Park & Ride

Getting to the Fair is easy. You can pay to park in the Fair's lots, park for free and ride DART's State Fair Park & Ride shuttle or arrive via motor coach. Once you arrive, "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair!

Vehicle Parking

Parking lots are available for motorcycle and vehicle parking in the A, B and C Lots for $10. Fairgoers can take the Blue Line Parking Shuttle inside the A, B and C parking lots for FREE from designated stops to the admission gates.

Fairgrounds Map

Bicycle parking is also available inside Gate 11 for free.


Taxis, Uber and Lyft will be available at Gate 8 for pick up and drop off. Please have your driver use the GPS address of 203 Rock Island, Des Moines, Iowa when trying to locate the drop off and pick up location.


Parking is free at all DART locations from 8:30 a.m. to midnight every day of the Fair. Fairgoers will be dropped off and picked up at the DART Transit Hub at Gate 10 on the Fairgrounds.

  • Round-trip fares are cash only. All buses are wheelchair accessible.
  • $2 adults (ages 11-64)
  • $1 children ages 6-10, adults (65+), Medicare card holders and people with disabilities (half-fare)
  • Children 5 and younger are free


  • Center Street Park & Ride - 7th and Center Street; enter on 7th Street
  • Southeast Polk High School - N.E. 80th Street and Highway 163
  • Iowa State Capitol - on East 12th Street, east side of the Capitol building near the State Capitol bell

For more details, contact DART by phone at 515-283-8100 or by email at


Three parking lots are available for motorcycle or vehicle parking at $10 per vehicle. Motorcycles may park in any lot, but the northeast corner of Lot A (between the Gate 1 and Gate 2 entrances) has an area designated and roped off for motorcycles. Bicycle parking is available inside Gate 11 for free.