All Aboard to the N.C. State Fair!

In addition to your admission ticket and attraction tickets, there’s one more ticket you may want to consider for your trip to the State Fair…a train ticket! If you are traveling west to the State Fair from outside of Raleigh then the train is a fun and convenient way to get to the fair!

During the fair, NC By Train and Amtrak have a special stop at the State Fair (Station NSF). The train delivers passengers near an entrance to the fairgrounds, eliminating the stress that can come with parking. Passengers can board the train at stations in Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, High Point, Greensboro, Burlington and even Durham or Cary.

The State Fair train proves to be popular year after year. Some passengers purchase their tickets as soon as they go on sale and tickets can sell out in as fast as a week! An NCDOT Amtrak train has many perks including comfy seats, free Wi-Fi and a café car.

The Burlington Train Station

Tips for Fairgoers taking the train:

  • Be sure to purchase your fair tickets online before getting to the fair. This will help you avoid lines at the gate getting in. The closest gate for those who have already purchased tickets is Gate 12. If you want to purchase admission tickets at the Fair, go to the ticket booth at Gate 2.
  • Review the fair map, free entertainment and what’s new for this year while on the train. There is a a lot to see and do at the fair and it helps to have a game plan before getting there.
  • A clear bag policy is new for 2021. Before boarding the train make sure your bags are in compliance with this policy.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Trust us! You will most likely do a lot of walking to see it all!
  • Find more insider tips here! There’s a lot to do in addition to rides and foods and this will give you an idea of where to find it all!

For N.C. State Fair train schedules and prices go to this link and use station code NSF. The State Fair Train runs Oct. 15-24.

About Christa Dutton

Hey y'all! My name is Christa Dutton, aka Blue Ribbon. I'm a sophomore at Wake Forest University majoring in Communication with minors in Entrepreneurship and Journalism. Go deacs! I was born and raised in NC, and the State Fair is a beloved tradition of mine. I don't think I've ever missed a year of the fair. So you can imagine how excited I am to spend my summer working as a public relations intern for the State Fair! I can't wait to see you all at the fairgrounds this fall, but in the meantime, follow along with me here on Deep Fried!


  1. Hi Deep Fried. Congrats on your journey!
    I’m traveling to the Fair with 2 other adults and 2 children (10 & 11). We are taking Amtrak on 10/17. Do you know how far away the Amtrak stop is from the Fairgrounds? The stop only reads, NC State Fair. If you do not know will you please point me in the right direction by giving me contact information for someone who might be able to assist me before day’s end on Friday, 10/15, please?
    Thank you

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