University of Minnesota




The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis is located about 15 miles south of Minneapolis and 10 miles southwest of St. Paul, and has direct flights to 120 domestic cities including Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Seattle and 14 international locations.

Once at the airport, you can rent a car, take a taxi or shuttle, or take Light Rail Transit or a Metro Transit Bus.


Minneapolis and St. Paul are located in east central Minnesota, about 40 minutes west of the Wisconsin border. I-94 runs east-west from Wisconsin, connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul, while I-35 runs south to Bloomington:  I-94 southeast from Milwaukee (6 hours); I-94 southeast from Chicago (7 hours); I-380/I-35 N south from Cedar Rapids (5 hours); I-94 northwest from Fargo (4 hours).


Minneapolis is accessible by Jefferson Lines from multiple cities in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Jefferson Lines Station is located at the airport at 4300 Glumack Dr. Minneapolis, MN 55417.
Campus pick-up/drop-off:
Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

University Avenue Ramp, 1926 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Downtown Minneapolis pick-up/drop-off:
Greyhound Bus Terminal, 950 Hawthorne Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Minneapolis is also accessible by MegaBus from Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee. The Megabus drop-off/pick-up location is located in near the Metrodome Light Rail Transit Stop on the east side of Chicago Avenue between South 3rd Street and South Washington Avenue.

The Greyhound Bus also stops in Minneapolis, coming from locations across the United States. Greyhound Bus Terminal is located at 950 Hawthorne Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.



There are many interesting sites spread out around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including the downtown area, University of Minnesota campus, nearby neighborhoods, and even on the outskirts of the city. The distance between the University of Minnesota campus and the Mall of America is about 13 miles south, but it is still very easy to transport between these locations. Walking and taking public transportation is your best option when exploring the different areas of Minneapolis.

Taxis are also very common but you’ll probably need to call one a few minutes in advance to arrange to pick-up:

Red & White Airway Cab: (612) 871-1600
Yellow & White Cab: (612)-343-3333
Blue & White Taxi: (612) 333-3333


ZipCar Rental
ZipCar membership offers a hastle-free alternative to car rental, and is perfect for short-term use.

Campus Shuttle
The University of Minnesota operates its own free public transit service that circulates frequently around campus. The campus connector buses provide transportation between the West Bank, East Bank, and St. Paul university campuses. Times change throughout the year and during the week. See website for route information.

Metro Transit
The Metro Transit bus service has routes that can take you all over the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, including into the suburban neighborhoods. Their routes generally run every fifteen minutes to a half hour everyday, but it depends on the route and day.  Adults can ride for $1.25 and $2.25 during rush hour. See website for complete route and fare information.

Bike Rental
Nice Ride Minnesota Bike Rental
With 43 miles of dedicated bicycle lanes and over 80 miles of off-street bicycle paths, Minneapolis and the U of M Campus are easily explored and navigated by bike. Nice Ride MN offers bike rental stations throughout the city and on campus. Simply purchase a subscription online before your trip. Then visit one of the dozens of bike stations around the city of campus, check out a bike, and be on your way! Check out of the many downloadable self-guided bike tours, ranging from architecture to beer tasting.
Subscription fees: $6 for 24 hours; $30 for 30 days. Trip fees are charged after 30 minutes of use. To avoid trip fees, simply return your bike to a station within 30 minutes, and check out another one. See website for trip fees.