Skip the traffic, surge pricing and premium parking rates. Take MCTS to the front door of the world's largest music festival — Summerfest!
Child Riding to Summerfest


June 26 - June 30, July 2 - July 7

Freeway Flyers, Downtown Shuttle and Local Bus Routes. With 59 routes and more than 5,000 bus stops, MCTS has countless ways to get to the Big Gig without the stress of fighting traffic, the hassle of parking or the frustration of surge prices on ride-hailing apps.

Boarding & Payment Process for Summerfest

To speed up boarding times at Park-Ride lots during the Big Gig, all Summerfest Freeway Flyer riders will pay their roundtrip fare and receive a wristband when they get off the bus at Summerfest. The wristband is required to get back on the bus when you're ready to leave Summerfest. Riders without a wristband will be able buy one for their return trip by paying the full fare. This policy is only in place for Freeway Flyers rides and does not impact regular routes or the Summerfest Downtown Shuttle. People on those routes will still pay when they board the bus.

Payment setup and procedure at Summerfest grounds.

Three easy ways to pay for your Freeway Flyer ride to the Big Gig:

      Pre>Fare Digital Ticket at

      Cash & Credit Cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover)



Three easy ways to pay for your Downtown Shuttle ride to the Big Gig:



      Ride MCTS App

Summerfest Downtown Shuttle Info

Board the Summerfest Downtown Shuttle and ride directly to the North Gate. The Shuttle provides service approximately every 15 minutes from 11:30 am to 12:30 am. 


  Regular Discounted
MCTS M•CARD Ride  $2.50 $1.25
Cash Ride  $3.00 $1.50
M•CARD / 1, 7 or 31-Day Pass  Free Free
Ride MCTS App 24-Hour Ticket  Free Free
DISCOUNTED: Children (ages 6 - 11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult)
Summerfest Freeway Flyer Info

Freeway Flyers operate from ten Park-Ride lots to the Summerfest Mid Gate. Flyers provide service on weekdays, approximately every 30 minutes from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and approximately every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. On Saturdays and Sundays service is every 15-20 minutes. Times may be impacted by construction and peak traffic periods.

Round Trip Freeway Flyer Fare

  Regular Discounted
M•CARD Ride  $5.00 $3.00
Cash Ride  $7.00 $3.00
Pre>Fare  $6.00 $3.00
1, 7 or 31 - Day Pass Additional $2.50 Additional $0.80
Valid Transfer - Tap card  Additional $2.50 Additional $0.80
DISCOUNTED: Children (ages 6 - 11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult). CVP, Summer U-PASS, GO Pass, New Freedom and 1, 7 or 31-Day Premium passes are accepted as full fare.

Below is a list of Park-Ride lots where you can catch a Freeway Flyer to Summerfest.

MCTS 2017 Summerfest Freeway Flyer
  • Grafton Target/Home Depot - Hwy. 60 west of I-43
  • Brown Deer - Brown Deer Rd., west of I-43
  • Silver Spring/Bayshore - Port Washington Rd., just east of I-43
  • Holt - Holt Ave., west of I-94
  • College North - College Ave. at I-94
  • College South - College Ave. at I-94
  • Whitnall/Hales Corners - I-43, east of S. 108th St.
  • Loomis - Loomis Rd., south of Coldspring Rd.
  • State Fair Park - I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney
  • Watertown Plank - Watertown Plank Rd., west of U.S. Hwy. 45

Pre>Fare is a digital bus ticket that's good for a round-trip on any MCTS Freeway Flyer to Summerfest.

Buy your Pre>Fare Summerfest Flyer ticket online. Get on board and scan your phone when you arrive. You’ll save a dollar and time. 


The faster way to fest:

1. Go Here
2. Purchase Your Summerfest Flyer ticket (save $1 with online purchase)
3. Bring your Pre>Fare ticket (on your phone or print it out) with you for your roundtrip Freeway Flyer trip to Summerfest

TIP: Cell service near Summerfest isn't always reliable. We suggest taking a screenshot of your Pre>Fare QR Code or go old-school and print out a copy just to make sure there's no delay when you arrive!

4. For more information about Pre>Fare and a list of FAQs click here

MCTS Pre>Fare tickets are non-refundable and are only good for use on MCTS Freeway Flyer rides to Summerfest. Each MCTS Pre>Fare ticket is good for a roundtrip ride for one rider. Click here for more information about MCTS Freeway Flyer service to Summerfest. 

Pre>Fare is powered by Tixora, a Milwaukee based e-ticket company.

Bayshore to Summerfest

MCTS is once again serving the Park-Ride lot near Bayshore Town Center.

Parking is available on the 3rd level of the Bayshore Parking Garage off Port Washington Road. Look for signage at the garage entrance.

Freeway Flyer Service From Ozaukee County

Flyers provide service to the Target/Home Depot lot every 15 minutes. 

  • On all routes to Summerfest, the U-PASS (summer semester), GO Pass ($1 Day Pass applies), New Freedom Pass and Commuter Value Pass are accepted as full fare.
  • Park in designated spaces at the Park-Lide lots to ensure buses and patrols can get through the lots easily. 
  • Cars that are parked illegally could receive tickets and/or be towed by local authorities. 
  • In order to keep your car safe in a parking lot, we recommend you do not leave anything of value in your car and do not leave anything in view in the passenger compartment. Always lock your doors and report any issues to the police agency where the lot is located.
  • Times may vary due to construction and traffic delays. Service to Summerfest does not operate on Monday, July 1st when Summerfest is closed. We are not responsible for missed admission promotions offered by Summerfest which typically end at 3:00 p.m. Please plan your trip to Summerfest to account for possible construction and/or traffic delays.