Parking & Transportation


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Automobile Parking

The New York State Fairgrounds has parking for over 23,000 vehicles. During the State Fair parking is available in our designated Orange, Brown, Pink, Gray and Willis Ave. parking lots at the Fair. Follow signs from exit 7 on 690 East or West. Cost is $5.00 per vehicle. E-Z Pass Plus will be accepted in the Brown and Orange lots. Follow the E-ZPass Plus signs for quick, cashless access (see detailed information below). A free shuttle bus service is provided from the Orange lot to the main gate.

Vehicle parking is now FREE in our new Willis Ave. lot. From this lot, a free shuttle will take fairgoers to the new Centro Park-N-Ride area outside gate 10. This shuttle starts at 9:00am and runs until 12:00 midnight.

Fairgoers driving to the State Fair with authorized people with disabilities parking tags or license plates, can park their vehicles in the paved Pink Accessible Parking Lot. The entrance to this the lot is across from Gate 3 off State Fair Boulevard. There is limited additional accessible parking in the Emerald Lot which can be entered across from Byrne Dairy on Bridge Street. In addition, parking spaces for people with disabilities and who have the proper hanging tags or license plates, are available in the paved Orange Lot and in the unpaved Brown Lot.


⇒  If you leave any of the general parking lots at any point, you must pay the $5.00 cost again to re-enter even if you return the same day.  ⇐

⇒  There is NO overnight parking in any of the Fair's general parking lots.  ⇐


Additional Transportation Details

• Motorcycles:

Motorcycle parking is offered in the Pink Parking lot across from Gate 3 at a cost of $3.00 per bike.

• Buses and Motor Coaches:

All chartered buses and motor coaches will now enter through gate 6. Buses should continue to the new Centro Park-N-Ride lot. They will drop-off in charter designated bays #29 or #30, from there passengers will walk to Gate 10 for admission. The driver can park the bus in the designated area in the middle of the lot if not immediately departing. The driver will also then pick up their passengers at the same designated bays #29 or #30. There is no cost for buses or motor coaches to enter and/or park in the new Centro Park-N-Ride lot.

There is a new reception area for senior group bus and van parking coming on one of our three Senior Days, August 26-28. A special parking permit for this location will be required so please contact the Art & Home Center office at 315.487.7711 ext. 1265 to pre-register for this permit.

• RVs and Campers:

Non-overnight RVs/campers should proceed to the Orange Parking Lot to park at a cost of $5.00 per vehicle.

Information about our paid Daily RV Parking in the Pink Lot during the Fair by clicking here.

• Bicycles:

For those who decide to ride their bicycles to the State Fair, bike racks will be provided at gates 1, 3 and 10.

• Tailgating:

Tailgating is not permitted in State Fair parking lots. Vehicles may occupy ONLY ONE parking space. Additional spaces are not available for purchase for the purpose of tailgating. Additional restrictions may apply. Disorderly guests are subject to ejection from the parking lot premises, revocation of tickets, and criminal prosecution.


Pay for Parking with Your E-ZPass



E-ZPass Plus = Cashless Parking


In order to use your E-ZPass to pay for parking, your account must meet the following conditions:

1. You must auto-replenish E-ZPass account with a credit card.

2. E-ZPass Tag must be mounted on windshield. Holding E-ZPass while in the lane may result in the tag not working.

3. E-ZPass account must be issued by New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts or New Hampshire.

4. Business E-ZPass accounts and all Massachusetts E-ZPass accounts must "Opt-In" for parking.

Questions? Please contact your E-ZPass Customer Service Center for more information - E-ZPass NY: 1-800-333-8655


Centro Park-N-Ride

Take The BusCentro will once again provide its popular Park-N-Ride direct shuttle service to the New York State Fair. Centro Express buses will regularly depart from locations across Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties arriving at the Fair's new Park-N-Ride lot outside gate 10. New for 2019, free express trams will provide non-stop service between gates 10 and 12 (at Chevy Court). This is in addition to the Fair’s regular free trams that stop at various points. Trams are free courtesy of Chevrolet.

The first Centro shuttle from downtown Syracuse will arrive at the Gray Lot Bus Depot at Gate 10 at 6:55am. The next bus will depart downtown at 8:00am, with buses leaving downtown every 13 minutes. The first Park-N-Ride buses will arrive at the Gray Lot Bus Depot at approximately 8:50am.

Click here for locations and schedules. Centro Ride Passes and transfers will be accepted on all State Fair service buses. Fares and times will vary depending on location. For more information, please contact Centro’s Call Center at 315.442.3400.


Trailways of New York Bus Service

Parking & Transportation 3Trailways of New York has a terminal stop at the Regional Transportation Center, located at 1 Walsh Circle in Syracuse. This stop is approximately 4 miles and a quick ridesharing or taxi service trip to the New York State Fairgrounds. You can also get off at the Destiny USA stop and take the Centro Park-N-Ride service to the Fair. Click here for routes and timetables.


Amtrak Train Service

Take The Train

Amtrak has continued its partnership with the New York State Fair to provide direct train service for customers traveling as a more convenient, cost-effective, family friendly and comfortable way to travel to and from the Empire State’s largest annual event between Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Monday, Sept. 2.

Skip tolls, traffic and parking fees, and arrive steps from the fairgrounds via select Empire Service (Trains 281, 283, 284 and 288) and Maple Leaf (Trains 63 and 64) trains, which will make daily stops at the State Fair (in between stops at Rochester and Syracuse stations), adjacent to the Fairgrounds. The Amtrak station code for the New York State Fair is NYF.

Westbound trains originating in New York City stop at the Fair at 1:21 p.m. during the week and 12:56 p.m. on weekends (Train 63), 3:58 p.m. daily (Train 281) and 6:57 p.m. daily (Train 283). Eastbound trains originating from Toronto or Niagara Falls stop at the Fair at 9:33 a.m. (Train 284) and 3:00 p.m. (Train 64), and 5:45 p.m. only on Monday, Sept. 2 (Train 288) en route to Albany and New York City.

In addition to the Fair stop, Amtrak is also offering a “kids ride free” promotion (one free child for each paying adult on the same itinerary) for travel to and from the Fair, which must be booked online at and at least three days in advance of travel with the promo code V153. This sale is valid only during the duration of the Fair and includes one blackout date on Friday, Aug. 30. Other terms and conditions apply.

Tickets are available now at, via the Amtrak mobile app, at station ticket counters or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. As always, customers will enjoy plenty of legroom, a generous luggage policy, and scenic routes. Amtrak also offers free Wi-Fi, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”).


Ridesharing & Taxi Services

Now both app-based ridesharing and taxi services will utilize the same area to drop off and pick-up riders. This area is located alongside State Fair Boulevard, between gate 2 where vehicles will enter, and the main gate where they will exit. Click here to view a map showing area. This area is not to be used for drop off and pick-up by any other non-service type vehicles.

There is no drop off or pick-up at the main gate at any time!

  • Any ridesharing or taxi service going to the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview to drop-off or pick-up in the designed area of the Orange Lot will be charged $5.00 each time to enter.


AAA Emergency Roadside Assistance

Parking & Transportation 1AAA of Western and Central New York will have expert technicians on-scene throughout the course of the New York Stair Fair to assist members and non-members with any automotive issues they may be experiencing. From a flat tire to a tow — AAA will have you covered.

• View the AAA at The NYS Fair information sheet