Transportation Information

Located in nearly the geographic center of North America, no city is more centrally located than Minneapolis/Saint Paul.


Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport

The International Airport is located 12 miles or 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. It is served by 9 major airlines and 6 regional carriers offering either nonstop or direct service in less than 2.5 hours from any U.S. city.

Airlines serving Mpls/St. Paul:

  • Air Canada 1-800-776-3000
  • America West 1-800-235-9292
  • American Airlines 1-800-433-7300
  • Continental Airlines - Domestic 1-800-525-0280
  • Continental Airlines – International 1-800-231-0856
  • Delta Airlines 1-800-325-1999
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 1-800-374-7747
  • Northwest Airlines 1-800-225-2525
  • Sun Country Airlines 1-651-681-3900
  • TWA 1-800-893-5436
  • United Airlines 1-800-241-6522
  • US Airways 1-800-428-4322
  • Vanguard Airlines 1-800-826-4827

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Taxis – Airport and Downtown

Over 500 taxis serve the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport to points throughout the Twin Cities area. The one-way fare from the airport to downtown Minneapolis is approximately $21.00, and the ride is approximately 15 - 20 minutes. A taxi cab can be hailed from your hotel within minutes. For fast, efficient service call one of the following companies.

  • Airport Taxi: 612-721-0000
  • Rainbow Taxi: 612-332-1615
  • Blue & White: 612-333-3333
  • Red & White Taxi: 612-871-1600
  • Green & White: 612-349-9999
  • Yellow Taxi: 612-824-4444

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Airport Express Shuttle

Airport Express provides an opportunity to save money and time when you arrive in Minneapolis. Airport Express shuttle service provides convenient, reliable, and economical transportation between the airport and all major hotels with departures form the airport every 15 minutes and departing from major hotels every half hour. The cost is $11.00 one way and $18.00 round trip. No reservation needed. Professionally staffed customer service is located at carousel #8 in the baggage claim area of the airport.

Airport Express complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act pertaining to accessible service for Airport shuttle service. People who are in need of accessible service must make a reservation by calling 612-827-7777 or 1-800-333-1532. Reservations must be made one day in advance. Rates are the current prices that the company has on file with the Transportation Regulation Board.

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Amtrak Train Depot

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are served by Amtrak. The train depot is readily accessible, centrally located between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Amtrak serves all of the United States plus Toronto and Montreal in Canada. These two cities are connected by rail to the rest of Canada, enabling arrival to the Twin Cities via Amtrak. Amtrak: 651-644-6012 or 1-800-523-8720.

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Special Event Transportation

Shuttle Transportation to the offsite Special Even will be provided from all conference hotels.

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Car Rental

Major car rental companies that have pick up and drop off points at the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport:

    Avis Rent-A-Car
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport
    612-726-5220 or 1-800-831-2847

    Budget Rent-A-Car
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport
    612-726-5622 or 1-800-527-0700

    Hertz Rent-A-Car
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport
    612-726-1600 or 1-800-654-3131

Not located at the Airport:

    Alamo Rent-A-Car
    1-800-GO-ALAMO

    Enterprise Car Rental
    612-822-3932 or 1-800-736-8222

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Downtown Bus Zone

Getting to and from your hotel, the Minneapolis Convention Center, and most of downtown’s major shopping and restaurant locations is easy. Just board any of the Metro Transit buses heading in the direction you want to go (we suggest you try the Nicollet Mall routes) and you pay only 25¢ (50¢ during rush hour). Buses run regularly during day and evening hours, with service frequency every 5 - 15 minutes depending on the bus and time of day. Look for a Metro Transit bus shelter or bus stop. If you have questions about a Metro Transit route or schedule, call 373-3333.

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Directions to the
Minneapolis Convention Center

94 From The East (St. Paul)
Take the 11th Street Exit, follow 11th Street until you reach 2nd Avenue, turn left onto 2nd Avenue and cross 12th Street. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking ramp is on your right.

94 From The West And Northwest
Use the 4th Street Exit, follow 4th Street to 2nd Avenue, turn right onto 2nd Avenue and cross 12th Street. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking ramp is on your right.

35W From The South (Bloomington)
Take Downtown Exit to the 5th Avenue Exit, take 5th Avenue to 9th Street, turn left onto 9th Street, and then turn left onto 2nd Avenue and cross 12th Street. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking Ramp will be on your right.

35W From The North
Take 35W to the Washington Exit, turn right on Washington, follow Washington to 2nd Avenue, turn left onto 2nd Avenue and cross 12th Street. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking ramp will be on your right.

Highway 12 From The West
Take Downtown Exit (12th Street), follow 12th Street to 2nd Avenue and turn right. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking ramp will be on your right.

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Other helpful facts about the
Minneapolis Convention Center

Underground Plaza Parking Entrances/Exits
Entrances and exits on both 12th Street and Marquette Avenue South. Entrance (only) on 2nd Avenue, south of 12th Street. Exit (only) on Marquette Avenue South.

Truck Dock Entrance
Take 3rd Avenue South to 16th Street, turn right onto 16th Street to 1st Avenue South. Turn right onto 1st Avenue, make first right into dock area. Dock is behind Fire Station #6.

Public Entrance To Convention Center
The current Public Entrances are from 2nd Avenue to Grant Street; these are the Ballroom Entrance and Plaza Entrances 1, 2, 3.

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