We hope you find the following travel information helpful in making your preparations to attend For You Minnesota. More detailed information FOR YOU about free time activities, including directions for driving or public transportation will be forthcoming.
Travel To and From Minnesota:
(If you choose to walk, bike, rollerblade, canoe or boat to the UMN, we'll leave it up to you to find your own way. Otherwise the more popular travel modes are below.)
The twin cities are served by Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Information about airlines, shops and restaurants, ground transportation, terminal maps and services are at the airport website. Almost all flights arrive at the Lindbergh Terminal, unless you fly via Midwest, AirTran, Sun Country or a charter service.
Via Car or Charter Bus:
Main routes are I-35W (runs north and south through Minneapolis area), I-35E (runs north and south through St. Paul area), I-494 (southern half of circular loop around twin cities, runs east and west through Bloomington by Mall of America and airport), I-694 (northern half of circular loop around twin cities, runs east and west from Maple Grove to Oakdale), I-94 (main east-west route through twin cities, from Woodbury west to St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis, then it curves north through Minneapolis and heads back west with I-694 to Maple Grove and then it heads NW to St. Cloud). Hwy 169 and Hwy 100 travel north and south, west of Minneapolis, while I-394 travels west from downtown Minneapolis to I-494).
Here is the Minnesota Statewide Traffic and Road conditions website, including information on road construction, weather, traffic flow, and links to neighboring state road information, while here is the Minnesota State highway map website and a downloadable road map.
Via Amtrak Train:
Amtrak serves the Twin Cities from its depot in the St. Paul Midway area, just east of the UMN campus on Transfer Road just north of University Ave. The Empire Builder train connects the Twin Cities west to Seattle and Portland and east to Chicago with stops in between. (The depot is in an industrial area and trains arrive and depart late at night or early in the morning, but taxis regularly serve the depot.)
Via Greyhound Bus:
There is Greyhound inter city bus service to the UMN campus, the Amtrak station, downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. More information is on the greyhound website.
Twin Cities Local Transportation Information
Airport ground transportation information. (Taxi, van shuttle, and other ground transportation.)
Light rail and City Buses: The MetroTransit trip planner will give you more routes and other specifics. If you arrive at the airport, you can hop on light rail at either terminal and ride towards the Minneapolis Warehouse district and detrain at the Cedar-Riverside stop. The West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus is approximately 6 blocks east on 6th St from the stop. Otherwise, you can take the light rail to the Metrodome stop and take MetroTransit Bus Routes 3, 16, or 50, east to the University of Minnesota campus (Anderson and Wiley Halls are the stops).