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About Minneapolis

Located in the U.S state of Minnesota, Minneapolis is a medium-sized city of 400,000. It is located where the famous Mississippi River meets the Minnesota River. It was founded in 1680 by French explorers but didn't formally become a city until 1867.

As it is located well inland of the American continent, Minneapolis has a continential climate with hot summers and cold winters. Known as the "City of Lakes", there are many lakes located within the city's borders, including Harriet, Calhoun and Lyn Lakes and the "Chain O'Lakes", which is made of 15 seperate lakes connected by canals and streams. The Victorian-era houses of Nicollet Island, the historical workers' housing of the city's northern quarters, Eat Street, and Prospect Park are all places worth seeing when visiting. According to various U.S publications, Minneapolis is also one of the most technology-friendly cities in the country, because wi-fi is widely available across the downtown area and public transportation uses all the latest technology. It is also home to several well-known U.S sports teams, including the Minnesota Twins, the Timberwolves, and the Vikings.

Transportation to Minneapolis City Center from Airport

Crystal Airport

Connecting Minneapolis city of the United States with the rest of the world, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is also referred to briefly as MSP. The airport serves with two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, which are connected with a rail system carrying passengers between the two. The airport, used by 36 million passengers in 2015, is the 16th largest airport in the United States.

Among the vehicles that can be used by the passengers who want to reach the city center from the airport are the taxis that wait their passengers in front of Minneapolis Airport. Moreover, there are shuttles that you can use to reach in almost every part of the city quickly, practically and economically, as well as rental cars, which is one of the most ideal alternatives for those who want to explore Minneapolis and its surroundings. As is the case in the United States, the distances between Minneapolis and the surrounding cities are quite long. For this reason, if you are planning to travel to other cities, taking a bus would be the right alternative.

If you prefer a luxurious and exclusive vehicle when traveling between the airport and the city center, you can also rent a limousine in the city. Another alternative is for those who like to ride a bicycle. In the city you can also commute between the airport and the city center by bicycle.

You can travel on two wheels comfortably thanks to parking spaces specially reserved for cyclists At Minneapolis Airport and convenient roads to ride a bicycle. You can also take your bike to the city center by taxi or public transport such as by bus.

You can find information about transport in and around the city center at the Lindbergh Ground Transportation consultation desk at Terminal 1 at any time of day.

Bus

After arriving at the airport, you have a chance to easily get to Minneapolis city center by taking the city bus waiting in front of Terminal 1 - Lindbergh. Moreover, bus fares in the city are also very convenient. Passengers arriving at Terminal 1 can go directly to the area where the buses are located and take one of the buses going to the city center.

Passengers arriving at Terminal 2, on the other hand, must arrive at bus stops at Terminal 1 using the rail system. You can also get detailed information by contacting phone number 612-341-4287 about the routes and current fares of city buses.

Greyhound buses, carrying passengers on the Jefferson line, also serve in the city. With these buses you can travel towards Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. You have to come to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 and other parts of the airport to get on the buses moving in front of the Transit Center here.

Passengers arriving at the airport by their private cars must leave their vehicles in the parking area, because only public transportation vehicles are allowed in this division.

Buses for rent are your third option to reach other cities in the vicinity of the city center. If you would like to take advantage of these buses, which are usually preferred by large groups and those coming to the city for an organization, you can get information from the information desk at the airport or book from the internet.

Car Rental

Renting a car is a much preferred way to commute in the city as it is in many cities of the United States. Once you have rented a car with the features you want from the car rental offices at the airport, you can reach the city center of Minneapolis by following the signs leading to the city center. But if you want to travel to different places around the city, taking a bus might be a better choice, because the distances between cities in the US are usually quite long, and renting a car for these distances can be both tedious and costly.

You can find car rental offices at the Ground Transport Center, just outside Terminal 1 and at Terminal 2. Companies such as Advantage, Alamo, AVIS, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, National and Thrifty usually serve from 6 am until midnight. What you need to rent a car is a driver's license with international validity.

You can deliver your rental car to the rental office located in the city center or to the offices located at Minneapolis Airport before your return journey. If you want to leave your car at a different point from the point of pick up, it is a good idea to get in touch with the officials beforehand.

Hotel Services

Minneapolis Airport also has shuttle services to many hotels located in the city center. It is advised to get detailed information about the schedule and fares of these services that depart from the airport terminal by contacting your hotel in advance.

Among the hotels that provide shuttle services from the airport to the city center are Hilton, Radisson, Marriott, Radisson Blu, Ramada, Super 8 and Best Western.

Rail System

You travel to both the Minneapolis city center and the Mall of America, in the south of the city, by taking a train from Minneapolis Airport. You can easily access the trains both from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. At Terminal 1 you can easily get to the station where the trains depart from the red and blue parking lot.

The station is also very close to the transit center. From Terminal 2 you can use the elevators near the orange car park to arrive at the station where the trains depart. Trains taking passengers to the city center depart every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 10-15 minutes during the rest of the day.

You can reach Mall of America in approximately 12 minutes and the Minneapolis city center in approximately 25 minutes by train. You can easily get train tickets from the vending machines at the stations. Ticket fees vary according to the time of the trip; if you travel during the day between Monday and Friday, it will be 2.25 dollar and during weekends and at other hours of the week you will only pay 1.75 dollar.

There is also a light rail line that you can use to travel between airport terminals. You will be able to access Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in a very short period of time. Moreover, these trains working between terminals are free.

If your luggage is too heavy that you cannot get on the train, you can still use passenger services operating between the terminals.

Taxi

If you are looking for a more convenient and practical way to get to the city center from Minneapolis Airport, you can consider the taxis that are waiting in front of the terminals among your options. At the airport, you have a chance to take a taxi in front of Lindbergh, Terminal 1, and Humphrey, Terminal 2. If you are traveling with children or if you are carrying heavy items, airport officials will also help you to find a taxi.

It would take about 20-25 minutes by taxi to reach the city center that is about 20 kilometers from Minneapolis Airport. The fare you need to pay at the end of this journey would be about 40-50 dollars. You can also share your taxi with others, if they are traveling in the same direction as you and you do not have a lot of luggage.

Airport Shuttle

You can benefit from airport shuttles and special service options to get to Minneapolis city center very quickly. It is suggested that you make a reservation in advance and get information about the route and fares of these services that depart both from Terminal 1 and 2.

You can find the vehicles of the shared service provided by SuperShuttle near the green parking lot at the exit of Terminal 1 and near the purple car park at Terminal 2.

If you are traveling with your family or a group, there are many special service options available at the airport that you can use to get to the city center. You can also find out about the fares and routes of these services by searching on the internet or from the information desk at the airport.

Renting a Limousine

Just as in other cities of the United States, limousines are often preferred by passengers in this city. If you are coming to the city for a business trip or if you want to travel with a more comfortable vehicle, you can rent a limousine at the airport and drive towards the center of the city.

Limousines are not among the first means of economic transport in the city. However, if you want to relax or have a different experience while traveling, you can have your limousine ready at the exit of the airport terminal upon your arrival by making an online reservation beforehand.  

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Saint Paul Intl Airport

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is the primary airport serving the state of Minnesota, having handled over 36 million passengers in 2015. The airport is about 15 km from downtown Minneapolis and is one of the largest airports in the United States. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport operates passenger services out of 2 terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport provides passengers with a variety of services and amenities to meet their pre-flight and post-flight needs.

There are a variety of transportation alternatives available for passengers to get to the city center from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. First and foremost are taxis. Taxis are readily available at every hour of the day. Shuttles are another alternative as they provide practical and affordable service to every part of the city and surrounding areas. Renting a car is an ideal option for those who want to explore Minneapolis and neighboring cities. Like most places in the United States, there is a significant distance between cities so renting a car is the best alternative to getting around. However, if you want a transportation alternative that is more economical when traveling to other cities around Minneapolis then the bus is the best choice.

If you want a more luxurious method of transportation to get to the city center from the airport then you can book a limousine car service. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is a bike friendly airport, featuring special parking areas for bicycles so that cyclists can comfortably access the airport. Cyclists can get on the light rail and city bus service with their bicycle when needed. There are designated bike paths that cyclists can follow to get to and from the airport by bike.

The Lindbergh Ground Transportation Information Desk, located at Terminal 1, provides information on how to get to the city center and surrounding areas 24 hours a day. 

Bus

After landing at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport you can easily take city buses to get to downtown Minneapolis. The bus is a convenient and affordable transportation alternative. Buses depart from in front of Terminal 1-Lindergh Transit Center. Passengers landing at Terminal 1 just need to head to the terminal exit and stay on Level 1. Passengers landing at Terminal 2 need to take the inter-terminal transportation to Terminal 1 to access the city buses. For more detailed information on bus routes and fares please visit Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport’s website or call 612-341-4287.

Another bus service that operates from the airport is the Jerrson Lines/Greyhound bus service. These buses provide transportation to locations in Minnesota and Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. These buses are accessible at Terminal 1- Lindergh Transit Center. There is no bus service at Terminal 2; passengers who land at Terminal 2 must make their way to Terminal 1 to access this bus service.

Another bus service that passengers can use to get to the city center from the airport are charter buses. Charter buses are a great option for large groups. Charter buses pick up passengers at the Terminal 1-Lindbergh Transit Center. For more information you can visit the information desk at the airport or make a reservation in advance online.  

Rental Car

Renting a car is one of the most preferred methods of transportation in Minneapolis, and most cities in the United States. Renting a car is a great way to get around in the city during your trip. If you’re planning on visiting other cities nearby then keep in mind the that the distance between cities can be vast. So traveling between cities by car will take some time. Nevertheless, there are various rental car companies located at the airport. The drive to the city center is relatively easy, just follow the signs.

Rental car companies are located in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. At Terminal 1, rental car companies are located on the 2nd and 3rd level, between the Blue and Red parking ramps. At Terminal 2, rental car companies are located in the Ground Transportation Center. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Some of the rental car companies are open 24 hours, others are open from 5 am or 6 am to 11 pm or midnight.

You can return your vehicle to the rental car office located in the city center or at the airport before your departure if you are flying out of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport at the end of your trip. If you want to return your vehicle to a different location make sure to discuss this with the rental car company in advance.

Hotel Shuttles

There are many hotels in the city that provide guests with shuttle services from the airport to the city center. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center from the airport by shuttle. Hotel shuttle services are a very practical and reliable form of transportation. First you have to find out if your hotel provides such services and then arrange your reservation ahead of time. Hotels in the area that provide airport shuttle services include Super 8, Hilton, Marriott, Radisson Blu and Ramada.

Rail

Another transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport is by light rail. The light rail system provides transportation from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to the city center. Trains depart from both terminals at the airport and run to downtown Minneapolis, stopping at other destinations along the way. The train from the airport to Mall of America takes about 12 minutes and the train from the airport to downtown Minneapolis takes about 25 minutes.

Trains run every 10-15 minutes during the day and every 10 minutes during peak hours. Compared to other forms of transportation the light rail system is significantly cheaper. Tickets range between $2-3 depending on whether or not you’re traveling during peak hours. You can purchase tickets for the light rail from automated machines at the stations. For more detailed information please visit Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport’s website.

Taxi

Another comfortable and practical transportation alternative to get to the city center from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is by taxi. Taxis are readily available at the airport and accessible at the terminal exits. At Terminal 1, also known as Lindbergh, follow the signs that read ‘taxi’. At Terminal 2, also known as Humphrey, taxis are accessible from the Ground Transport Center. If you have excess luggage or are traveling with children you can ask staff members at the airport for assistance. The trip from the airport to downtown Minneapolis takes about 20-25 minutes by taxi and costs around 40-50 USD.

Shuttle Services

Several companies provide shared ride services and scheduled shuttle services from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to the city center. These shuttle services are a comfortable and reliable transportation alternative, especially for those traveling in large groups or with excess luggage. These companies provide bus, van, and limousine services to the city.

The overall rates for these shuttle services are higher when compared to public transportation alternatives and taxis. Rates will vary depending on the vehicle you choose, the number of total passengers, and your destination in the city. Shuttle services from the airport to downtown Minneapolis take about 30 minutes.

Reservations for these services are highly recommended. There are ticket counters located at the Ground Transportation Atrium at Terminal 1-Lindbergh. These shuttle services are also a great option if you’re traveling to other cities from the airport. Companies that provide these services include Executive Express, GO Carefree Shuttle, and Lakes Express.

For more detailed contact information on companies that provide scheduled services please visit Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport’s website. You can find out detailed information regarding rates and routes directly from the company you choose to use. 

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