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Traveling to Minnesota

Arriving by Air
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a major hub of the upper Midwest. Minnesota is only about an hour away by air from most Midwest cities, and a two- or three-hour flight from the east and west coasts. The Twin Cities can be reached from several countries on direct international flights.

The airport is conveniently located on the south side of the metropolitan area, off Interstate 494, 12 miles southeast of downtown Minneapolis, 10 miles southwest of downtown St. Paul, and just minutes from Mall of America in Bloomington. Nine other cities are also served by commercial air service: Bemidji, Brainerd, Chisholm-Hibbing, Duluth, Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks-East Grand Forks, International Falls, Rochester and Thief River Falls.

For a full list of Minnesota airports, visit

Minnesota by Train
The “Empire Builder” Amtrak route crosses the state between the southeast and northwest borders, with stops in Winona, Red Wing, St. Paul (at the new Union Depot downtown), St. Cloud, Staples, Detroit Lakes and Fargo-Moorhead. This route runs between Chicago and Seattle or Portland.

Traveling by Bus
Megabus provides express bus service to Minneapolis from several Midwest cities. The Greyhound and Jefferson inter-city bus lines provide service to many Minnesota cities. The Metro Transit system operates a full schedule of buses throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, plus a light rail line linking downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul to the airport and Mall of America. For schedule and route information, call 612-373-3333 or see
Other Minnesota cities with bus service include Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester.