Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Travel and Ground Transport
(Minneapolis, Minnesota - MN, USA)
Minneapolis St Paul International Airport (MSP) has a variety of ground transportation options for arriving passengers. Travelers can choose between buses and shuttles, shared-ride vans and taxi cabs, as well as limos and a light-rail system.
Minneapolis and many other destinations and Hennepin county are all well connected by the transport at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport, meaning that you can easily reach Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Maple Grove, Minnetonka and Oakdale.
Operated by Metro Transit, the airport shuttle buses travel from the terminal buildings into central Minneapolis, downtown St Paul and other nearby areas. The popular city bus (Route 54) collects passengers from just outside of the Transit Center (Terminal 1 - Lindbergh), which is situated close to the Blue and Red car parking areas, on Level 1. Worth noting, buses do not pickup passengers at Terminal 2 - Humphrey.
A popular schedule bus service is provided by Jefferson Lines / Greyhound, with buses linking not only Minnesota towns and cities, but also additional destinations within North and South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Some hotels now provide a free door-to-door shuttle, so this is well worth checking out, particularly if your hotel is part of a large and familiar chain.
A new light rail transit network now links the airport with both central Minneapolis and the nearby Mall of America. Trains are operated from the Lindberg Terminal and Humphrey Terminal, departing roughly even 10 minutes at peak times, and every 15 minutes outside of this period. By using the light rail transit at MSP Airport, the Warehouse District in central Minneapolis can be reached in roughly 25 minutes, while the Mall of America is just a 12-minute ride away. Tickets can be purchased at special machines at each of the rail stations, although you do not need a ticket to ride between airport terminal stations.
Shuttle Buses and Shared-Ride Vans
Shuttle buses connect the airport's two terminal buildings, as well as the economy parking area. These shuttles run daily every 10 to 15 minute. There are a number of bus shelters for waiting passengers.
Shared-van rides at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport provide a door-to-door service to a wide range of destinations, including areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Fares are usually fairly inexpensive and are determined by both the shared-van company and the destination. Shared-van and shuttle companies in operation here include Chippewa Valley, Executive Express, GO Carefree, GO Rochester, NWT Express, Rochester Shuttle and Skyline.
The taxi ride into downtown Minneapolis will take approximately 30 minutes, with fares being calculated per mile. There is also an additonal 'airport access fee' added to the overall fare. Taxis are available at both terminals:
- Terminal 1 - Lindbergh - via the Level T / Tram Level, follow the signs
- Terminal 2 - Humphrey - via the Ground Transport Center, on the lower level of the purple parking zone