Board the Train: Metro Transit’s METRO Blue Line connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport and Mall of America. Conveniently serving several stations, including Target Field and Nicollet, along the route, passengers can easily get to and from all of the area’s popular destinations. The METRO Green Line connects visitors to Saint Paul. The route takes riders past the State Capitol to Union Depot where the Amtrak station is situated.
Ride the Bus: Metro Transit, which annually provides 70 million bus trips, offers a handy, low-cost way to get around. Fares range from $0.50 to $3.25, depending on time of day and route. Take a bus up and down Nicollet Mall for free.
Catch a Cab: Taxi service is available anywhere in the metro area. Catch a taxi at the Minneapolis Convention Center and any hotel, or call ahead for service. Uber is also available in Minneapolis.
Ride Sharing: Visitors and locals alike use Uber, Lyft, HourCar and Zipcar to get around the city. Another cheap alternative is Metro Transit buses, where on certain holidays such as Saint Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve, free rides are available.
Try the Skyway: Downtown Minneapolis has a unique skyway system, located one floor above ground, offering enclosed travel between buildings. More than 9 miles of glass-enclosed walkways connect hotels, shopping, sports and entertainment venues, restaurants and parking ramps, which means pedestrians can travel in climate-controlled bliss.
Parking: There are tens of thousands of parking spaces in downtown Minneapolis and 8,000 on-street spaces. Street parking requires change or a credit card for meters, which have varying rates, limits and time restrictions. Ramps and lots, which run $7 to $30 a day, provide convenient parking spaces. Mall of America offers ample free parking, as well.