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Transfer Options from Minneapolis Airport to Downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis is known for its many lakes and parks, and the Mississippi River that bisects the city. During your stay, in addition to enjoying the outdoor greenery, there are many museums and art galleries to explore, plus you can take care of any shopping itch at the famous Mall of America.

The MSP airport to downtown Minneapolis distance is just about 19 km (12 miles), and you can make the journey by taxi or metro. With an airport taxi, it takes around 20 to 40 minutes to reach downtown depending on traffic, whilst the fare is estimated to cost $39 (€37) to $49 (€46.50). The Blue Line Metro picks up passengers from both Terminals 1 and 2, and the trip takes around 30 minutes. A single adult ticket for the metro costs $2 (€1.90) or $2.50 (€2.38) during rush hours.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Minneapolis at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €37 20min 24/7
Metro €3.80 30min 04:21–00:17

How to get from Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis by taxi

Taking a taxi from the Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis is the quickest and easiest transfer option. Taxis are available 24/7 from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Or you can pre-book a ride with one of Minneapolis’ taxi companies or with Welcome Pickups’ highly rated professional service that offers taxis at fixed competitive rates. The journey by taxi from Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis takes around 20 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. Unless you book your transfer in advance, the taxi fare is based on a metered rate and is estimated to cost $39 (€37) to $49 (€46.50).

Taxi fare from Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis

If you take a taxi from one of the MSP airport’s taxi stands, the cost of the taxi fare is based on a metered rate. The cost is determined by a base rate (flag drop) and the number of miles travelled to your exact location. There is also a surcharge for travel to or from the airport, whilst there is no surcharge for travel at night. The fare can be estimated based on the following rates:

Base fare: $2.50 (€2.37)
Price per mile: $2.50 (€2.37)
Airport fee: $6 (€5.69)

For a flat competitive rate, you can also pre-book your transfer in advance with one of Welcome’s professional and prompt drivers.

Cost

$39 (€37)

Trip Duration

20-40 min

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis from Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis are available 24/7.

Where do I take a taxi from?

You can readily find Minneapolis airport’s taxi service at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. If you are in Terminal 1, head to the Tram Level (Level T). Follow the signs to the taxi booth, where airport staff will be waiting to direct you to a taxi. If you are in Terminal 2, you can find a taxi at the Ground Transportation Center which is on the ground level across from the terminal building.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the most convenient and comfortable form of transportation from Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis, especially if you are travelling with young children and/or lots of luggage. After landing at the airport, you can readily take a taxi directly to your accommodation, and you won’t have to worry about navigating public transportation.

Editor’s Note

Consider splitting the taxi fare with your travel partners for a much cheaper yet convenient transfer to your destination.

Useful Tips

Throughout the US, tipping your driver 20% for good service is the norm.
Passengers can pay the taxi fare by cash or card. If you pay with cash and will be needing change for a bill larger than $20, you may want to double-check that your driver has enough change before starting your ride.
There are a few different routes you can take to reach downtown Minneapolis from the airport; you may want to check traffic to see which is the quickest route to your destination.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Minneapolis. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Prices

DAYTIME
€105.0
NIGHTTIME
€126.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis by metro

To go from MSP airport to downtown Minneapolis, you can also take the northbound Blue Line Metro, which runs from the Mall of America to Terminal 2 (the Humphrey Station), then to Terminal 1 (the Lindbergh Station), and ends at Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis. From Terminal 2, the metro runs every 15 minutes from 4:21 to 00:17 daily, and the trip downtown takes around 30 minutes. A ticket for an adult costs $2.50 (€2.38) during rush hours and $2.00 (€1.90) otherwise.

Cost of the metro from the Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis

Your journey’s fare depends on if you are travelling during rush hours (6:00 to 9:00 and 15:00 to 18:30 Monday-Friday). A ticket is good for use for up to 2.5 hours. For an adult (ages 13-64) a ticket costs $2 (€1.90) outside of rush hours and $2.50 (€2.38) during rush hours. A reduced fare is offered for kids aged 6 to 12 and seniors (65 and older); the reduced fare costs $1 (€0.95) outside of rush hours and $2.50 (€2.38) during rush hours. The fare for persons with disabilities is $1 (€0.95) at all times. Kids aged 5 and under can ride for free.

Tickets must be purchased before boarding the metro and can be bought by cash or card from the ticket machine on the station platform. If you plan to use the metro or bus frequently during your stay in Minneapolis, you may want to consider getting a Go-To Card to save some money.

Cost

$2.00 (€1.90)

Trip Duration

30 min

*There is a wait time of up to 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Available from 4:21 to 00:17.

Where can I find the metro?

The northbound Blue Line Metro stops at Terminal 2 and then at Terminal 1. If you are in Terminal 2, you can find the metro station on the north side of the Orange Ramp. To get there from Level 1, go up to the Orange Ramp skyway with the elevator or escalator, and then follow the signs to the station. In Terminal 1, you can find the metro station under the Red, Blue, and Silver parking ramps. To get there, you can take the tram from the Tram Level to the Red, Blue and Silver parking ramps, and then follow the signs directing you to the Metro Blue Line station.

Convenience

The metro is a great form of transportation if you want to save some money, especially if you are travelling light. But, with the waiting time and the journey time combination, it will take a little longer to reach downtown Minneapolis from the MSP airport, plus you may have to walk or take an additional mode of transportation to reach your destination.

Editor’s Note

If you are using a Go-To Card or pass, you will need to validate it at the card reader on the station platform, or you can use the Metro Transit mobile app to validate. Random fare checks are performed onboard, so be sure to have your ticket or validated card or pass with you while riding the metro.

Useful Tips

For transit directions and timetables, you can download Metro Transit’s mobile app to your smartphone.
If you lose something on the metro or bus, you will need to call Metro Transit Customer Relations staff (dial 612-373-3333 and select option 3) to ask if the item was found. You will need an appointment to pick the item up, or you can arrange to have it mailed to you.
The metro makes several stops downtown, so check the location of your accommodation and the different metro stops to find the best place to disembark.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Minneapolis airport to downtown?

The easiest form of transportation from the Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis is by taxi. Taxis are available at both airport terminals, or you can book your airport taxi in advance. The journey takes 20 to 40 minutes depending on traffic. You can also take the northbound Blue Line Metro to reach downtown. The metro leaves every 15 minutes, and the ride takes around 30 minutes.

What’s the distance from Minneapolis airport to downtown Minneapolis?

The Minneapolis airport is about 19 km (12 miles) from downtown Minneapolis. By taxi, the ride takes 20 to 40 minutes depending on traffic. If you take the metro, the ride takes around 30 minutes to reach downtown.

How much is a taxi from Minneapolis airport to downtown?

A Minneapolis taxi fare is based on a metered rate. There is a base fare of $2.50 (€2.37), whilst each mile travelled costs $2.50 (€2.37) and there is an hourly rate for standing or waiting of $24 (€22.77). There is also a surcharge for travel to or from the airport of $6 (€5.69). To go to downtown Minneapolis from the MSP airport, the fare is estimated to cost $39 (€37) to $49 (€46.50).

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