Arriving by Air
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 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
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.
Minnesota by Train
The “Empire Builder” Amtrak route crosses the
state between the southeast and northwest
borders, with stops in Winona, Red Wing,
Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Cloud, Staples, Detroit
Lakes and Fargo-Moorhead. This route runs
between Chicago and Seattle or Portland.
Megabus provides express bus service to
Minneapolis from several Midwest cities. The
Greyhound and Jefferson inter-city bus lines
stop in many Minnesota cities. The Metro
Transit system operates a full schedule of buses
throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, plus
a light rail system linking downtown Minneapolis
to the airport, Mall of America and St. Paul. For
schedule and route information, visit
metrotransit.org or call 612-373-3333.
Other Minnesota cities with bus service
include Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester.
What to pack?
Minnesota weather can be quite varied, so it’s
important to bring layers of clothes for varying
temperatures. Check weather forecasts before
your departure. In the summer, bring lightweight
clothing with a light jacket or sweater for the
evening, and a rain jacket just in case.
Spring and fall, bring layers that can be
added, depending on the temperature, and a
lightweight coat or jacket. For winter trips, pack
warm clothes, including sweaters, fleece or a
blazer. You’ll need a heavy coat, boots, a warm
hat, and lined gloves or mittens.
Visitors from other countries are advised to
exchange currency at their first convenience,
since most Minnesota businesses don’t accept
foreign currency. Currency can be exchanged
at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport,
at most large banks or withdrawn from
automated teller machines (ATMs).
Minnesota is in the Central Time Zone, one hour
behind the East Coast, two hours ahead of the