Getting to the Expo and around the metropolitan cities in Minnesota is quick, easy and carefree for visitors. Minnesota’s metro area has abundant transportation infrastructure in place. There are two new light rail train lines connecting all the high traffic areas and busses that go everywhere the light rail doesn’t reach – all on one simple pass system. Minnesota is also easily biked and offers bikes to rent and ride in many convenient locations. The cities are also home to numerous taxi cab companies and a large number of Uber and Lyft drivers.
Keep reading for more specifics on getting around:
Flying into Minnesota is not only easy, but very satisfactory. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP, ICAO: KMSP) was named No.1 Airport in North America for customer satisfaction.
The international airport serves over 158 non-stop markets and operates over 400,000 aircrafts per year. The airport is connected to 130 U.S. destinations, 26 non-stop international destinations and with an average of over 1000 daily arrivals/departures. MSP is an airport that can handle anything.
MSP International Airport is connected to the Expo site by a short ride on the blue line light rail train. MSP International Airport is located 2.5 miles (4 km) from Bloomington and the Mall of America, 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Minneapolis, and 10 miles (16 km) southwest of downtown Saint Paul. Trains depart every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes the rest of the time. Travel time from MSP International Airport is approximately 12 to 25 minutes (depending on your destination).
The metropolitan cities in Minnesota are connected together by many roads, but also by good and reliable light rail trains. There are two existing light rail lines, one called the blue line and one called the green line. The green line goes from the heart of downtown Minneapolis to the heart of downtown St. Paul taking a tour through the University of Minnesota campus. The blue line begins in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, stops at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and ends in Bloomington at the Mall of America.
Watch this video from ElectricTV showing the investment Minnesota has made into our existing infrastructure and how easy it is to get around the metropolitan area:
Minnesota is also well equipped with busses in the metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs.
Watch this video by MetroTransit to see how Minnesotans and visitors get around the cities easily and safely:
In Minnesota it is easy to get around by bike. According to Bicycling Magazine, Minneapolis is the 6th best bike city in the United States. Nice Ride bikes are available throughout the metropolitan area and are affordable, easy, fast and open to everyone. Over 1900 bicycles are available to pick up at over 200 stations and return to any other station. Nice Ride offers more bicycles per resident in Minneapolis than any other major city in the U.S. Paying for bike rental has never been easier, and Nice Ride allows you to pay with cash, credit or through the Nice Ride Bike Share-app.
Watch how to ride Nice Ride:
By Taxi, Uber, or Lyft
Minnesota offers a great variety on how to get around the cities and the state. If public transportation or a nice and quiet bike ride around the cities is not for you, there is always the option of a Taxi, Lyft or Uber. Whichever you may prefer, Minnesota’s metropolitan area has a lot of drivers ready and available to get riders where they need to go.
All you need is your phone!
One of the best aspects to getting around in Minnesota is that all you need is your phone. Every type of transportation in the cities can be accessed and paid for with a mobile phone and an app. From taking the blue train to Bloomington and the Mall of America or the green train to downtown St. Paul to connecting around Minneapolis by bus – all you need is an app that makes it easy for you to pay for any of your travel.
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