Deep Fried Bus Ride: An easier way to travel

Last year, 877,939 people came to the Fair over its 11-day run. That’s a lot of people. And, while there is plenty of free parking around Carter-Finley Stadium and the RBC Center, finding a parking spot can sometimes be difficult, particularly on the weekends.

One way to avoid the headache of finding a parking spot is to hop on the Deep Fried Bus Ride. The service is available on CAT, DATA and Triangle Transit buses, and drops fairgoers off right in front of the gate. Designated bus lanes avoid the traffic congestion around the Fair, and get you through the gates faster so you can enjoy all the Fair has to offer. In addition, fairgoers who take the bus will get a $10 Subway coupon book. It’s like getting paid to ride the bus.

  • CAT will run a special bus route along Hillsborough Street, as well as two park-and-ride locations on Wake Forest Road in North Raleigh and WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. CAT buses will run each day of the Fair, and the roundtrip fare is just $4.

      A new Garner park-and-ride location has been added this year near the intersection of South Wilmington Street and Tryon Road. The bus will operate on Saturdays and Sundays only, and the roundtrip fare is just $4.

    • DATA will operate a shuttle from Durham Station to the fairgrounds each day of the Fair. The roundtrip fare is $2, and additional discounts are available for children, senior citizens and riders with disabilities.
    • Triangle Transit will run routes from Chapel Hill and RTP during the Fair. In Chapel Hill, fairgoers can park in the Eubanks Road park-and-ride location. In RTP, the bus will leave from the Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center on Slater Road. The two routes will be available on Saturdays and Sundays only, and the roundtrip fair is $5. Additional discounts are available for persons with disabilities.

    You can check find more details about alternative transportation to the Fair at our website,

    About Bearded Lady

    Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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    1. Why do we have DATA bus service to the fair? That will only bring trouble.

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