Getting to Downtown Minneapolis From the Airport
Landing in a new city is stressful and having to navigate the airport can be confusing. Luckily getting to downtown Minneapolis from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport is easy and quick. We have a few options that will take you where you need to go next, including Rideshare apps, Taxis and a Light Rail system. The MSP airport will be clearly labeled with signs on where to find each, but if you need a little more help, use this handy guide for getting to your destination.
Lyft/Uber, Rideshare Apps
A popular option and one that will drop off exactly where you need to be. MSP airport has designated areas for Rideshare pick-up points. The app you are using will give you directions on how to find your ride, but we have a few tips if you decide this is your preferred way to get downtown:
Terminal 1 Pick-up Point: In the airport follow signs for baggage claim/ground transportation. Once at baggage claim level follow signs for “app-based ride service" (go down one level and continue to follow signs). This will lead to you to Level 2 of the Green Parking Ramp. You can be picked up at either Zone A or Zone B. *Note: These are right next to each other, just different door entrances.
Terminal 2 Pick-up Point: In the airport follow signs to arrivals level, then look for the app-based ride services signs. Pick-up will be across the street at the Ground Transport Center, on the ground level of the Purple Parking Ramp.
Approximate pricing: $20-$40 depending on the time of day and demand.
Taking a taxi into Downtown Minneapolis is convenient since the drive is only 12 miles away from the airport. Fares may be a little higher than other options, but are still reasonable averaging around $39-$49.
To grab a taxi in Terminal 1 - follow signs for baggage claim and once there take the escalator down to the Tram Level (Level T). Signs will direct you to the Ground Transport Center one level up to the taxi starter booth, where airport staff will assist you in obtaining a taxi.
At Terminal 2, taxi service is available at the Ground Transport Center, located on the ground level of the Purple Ramp directly across from the terminal building.
Metro Transit Light Rail Train: Blue Line
The Light Rail (LRT) is the cheapest solution to get you downtown. The trains run every 10-15 minutes, starting at 4:20am until 11:30pm. Early morning train service starts at 12:25am and ends at 2:15am. Be aware that these trains run every 30 minutes. To get to downtown Minneapolis, it will probably take you around 25-30 minutes.
To find the Terminal 1 platform, follow signs to baggage claim and then go down the escalator for the tram to the LRT station. Take the Tram all way to the Red/Blue Ramps, then take the escalators down to the Light Rail station platforms.
Get to the Terminal 2 platform by taking the escalator near Ticketing to the Orange Ramp skyway. From there, follow signs to the LRT station and then go down one level for the platform.
Tickets/Pricing: Purchase tickets at a ticket machine, which can be found on the platform or through the Metro Transit app. A one-way trip downtown will cost you $2.50 during peak rush hour times and $2.00 at all other times. Tickets are valid for 2.5 hours. You can also buy an All-Day Pass ($4) or a Visitor Pass ($5) that will offer unlimited ride options.
Minneapolis Convention Center: The LRT does not take you directly to the Minneapolis Convention Center. However, it is a 16-20 minute walk from either the Nicollet Mall Station or Government Plaza Station. Otherwise you can take the Free bus ride off the Nicollet Mall Station. Look for buses along Nicollet marked "Free Ride." Other buses on Nicollet, and all within the Downtown Zone, charge 50¢. Free-ride buses leave every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 to 30 minutes on weekends. Buses on Nicollet stop every other block between 5th and 13th Streets. Find more information on getting to the Minneapolis Convention Center.
There are 5 downtown Light Rail stops. You will find plenty of nearby hotels at each station, although you may need to walk a little further to reach them. If you are staying at a downtown hotel, here's how far a walk you can expect if you decide to travel by train:
U.S Bank Stadium Station
- Radisson Red (4-5 minute walk from station)
- Canopy by Hilton (4-5 minute walk from station)
- Moxy Minneapolis Downtown (4 minute walk from station)
Government Plaza Station
- Grand Hotel (5 minute walk from station)
- Hyatt Place (5 minute walk from station)
- Best Western Normandy ( 6 minute walk from station)
- Elliot Park Hotel ( 8 minute walk from station)
- LuMINN ( 4 minute walk from station)
- Holiday Inn Express
- Emery Hotel ( 4 minute walk from station)
Nicollet Mall Station
- Westin Hotel (2 Minute walk from station)
- Marquette Hotel ( 4 minute walk from station)
- W Minneapolis – The Foshay ( 6 minute walk from station)
- Residence Inn ( 7 Minute walk from station)
- AC Marriot (4 minute walk from station)
- Radisson Blu (5-7 minute walk from station)
Hennepin Ave/Warehouse District Station
- Loews (3 minute walk from station)
- Embassy (1 minute walk from station)
- Marriot City Center (5/6 minute walk from station)
- Le Meridien Chambers (7-9 minute walk from station)
- Hampton Inn & Suites (6-7 minute walk from station)
Target Field Station
- Element (1-2 minute walk from station)