The San Mateo County Fair is coming back, and SamTrans and Caltrain are a surefire way for families to enjoy a safe and easy trip to the gathering. The fair runs from June 11 through 19 and will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center.

Families can turn their annual visit to this traditional summer event into an important lesson on the benefits of public transportation. Taking SamTrans or Caltrain to the fair reduces greenhouse gases, saves money and eliminates the stress of driving in traffic.

SamTrans will be participating in the county fair by hosting a booth on Monday, June 13 (Kids Day), and Tuesday, June 14 (Seniors Day). The booth will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. It will be located next to the Entertainment Building near the front entrance.

SamTrans’ staff will be on-hand to help attendees with planning trips on public transportation and to provide details on fun destinations that are accessible by bus and train in San Mateo County. The agency’ staff will also distribute prizes and answer questions.

On Monday, the first 200 people who visit the booth will receive a free tote bag. SamTrans’ minibus—a fully-functioning shrunk-down version of the real thing—will also be on display at the booth.

Additionally, SamTrans has partnered with the fair to provide admission discounts for seniors. Those discounted tickets can be purchased here.

To celebrate the fair, the agency is also hosting a social media contest that will give out five Summer Youth Passes. Passengers who tag SamTrans on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will be entered into a random drawing to win the fares, which provide unlimited rides for passengers age 18 and under, between June 1 and August 31.

The fairgrounds are served by SamTrans Routes ECR, 292 and 295.

The closest bus stops are located in the following places:

  • El Camino Real & Hillsdale Boulevard: Route 295 (weekdays only)
  • Delaware Street & Pacific Boulevard: Route 292
  • El Camino Real & 25th Avenue: Route ECR

Caltrain also provides service to the fair from the Hillsdale station. After arriving at the Hillsdale station, customers can walk the short distance along a paved path to the fairgrounds main entrance.

For schedule and fare information or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit or


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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About SamTrans: SamTrans operates 76 routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. SamTrans has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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