OCEANSIDE–The North County Transit District (NCTD) is gearing up for an eventful summer with special events, extra trains and buses in service, and transit/fare packages for the San Diego County Fair.
Bike to Work (May 16)
On Thursday, May 16, NCTD will support bicyclists from across the county in celebrating the 29th annual SANDAG Bike to Work Day! Interested parties can register on the iCommute website. Then, on May 16, bring your bike on your commute and ride NCTD buses and trains for FREE! (Space is limited on each vehicle.) Plus, there will be more than 100 Bike to Work Day pit stops across San Diego County, open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., for registered riders to rest, grab a snack, and pick up a free t-shirt (sponsored by JUMP by Uber).
Memorial Day (May 27)
For Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, passengers should be aware that Breeze, FLEZ, LIFT, and Sprinter will offer a Saturday service schedule, and Coaster will offer a Sunday service schedule. Find service schedules at GoNCTD.com/schedules.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (June 2)
For early risers and fast runners, NCTD will offer additional Coaster service on the morning of Sunday, June 2, to get people to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. The additional southbound Coaster train departs Oceanside Transit Center (OTC) at 4:10 a.m. and arrives at Santa Fe Depot (SFD) in downtown San Diego at 5:09 a.m. All other Sunday Coaster service will continue as regularly scheduled. The full schedule can be found at GoNCTD.com/Rocknroll.
San Diego County Fair (May 31-July 4)
Avoid the high price of parking and take NCTD to the Fair! NCTD offers transportation to and from the West Gate of the Del Mar Fairgrounds each day the Fair is open.
For only $1 more than a regular adult admission ticket to the Fair, customers can purchase a $21 Fair Tripper combo ticket. This ticket includes round-trip Coaster, Sprinter, Breeze, and Flex fare, plus a one-day admission to the Fair for one adult. For children ages 6-12, and seniors ages 60+, a $13 Youth/Senior Fair Tripper is available with the same benefits! Children 5 and under always ride free on NCTD services.
Fair Tripper combo tickets can be purchased from NCTD ticket vending machines (located at Coaster and Sprinter stations) under the Current Promotions option. Riders can also buy Fair Tripper tickets in advance or on the day of travel via the NCTD mobile ticketing app, Compass Cloud. Current NCTD pass holders can get a $4 discount on same-day adult, senior, or child Fair admission by showing their valid transit pass/ticket at the West Gate box office.
Coming from Escondido? NCTD offers a special Breeze Route 408 that takes you directly to the Fair. The 408 runs hourly from Escondido Transit Center with stops at Solana Beach Station and the Fair.
Baseball fans and observers alike can skip trying to find their car after the game by taking the Coaster there and back! NCTD sells a $12 RegionPlus pass that covers round-trip travel on the Coaster and Trolley for any home game this season.* Additionally, for most evening games, NCTD runs a special northbound Coaster that runs one hour after the last out, end of fireworks, concert, or special event.