For the first time, North County Transit District will offer daily late-night Coaster train service during the San Diego County Fair.

The “Summer Nite” train will operate from June 8 through July 6, two days beyond the end time for the Del Mar fair, according to a statement from the Oceanside-based public transportation agency.

The southbound train will depart Oceanside at 10:30 p.m., arriving in downtown San Diego at 11:34 p.m. The northbound train will leave Santa Fe Depot at 11:45 p.m. and arrive in Oceanside at 12:45 a.m.

For both routes, free shuttles will take passengers directly from the Solana Beach Coaster station to the fairgrounds. The transit district is offering discounted “Fair Tripper” combo tickets that include round-trip transportation and fair admission, with more details available at

Transit district Executive Director Matthew Tucker said the service is being offered as a convenience to fairgoers and to help alleviate traffic congestion along Interstate 5.

— SDBJ Staff Report