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There are many options for getting around Minneapolis. However, choosing the right one depends on the type of travel desired.
In the downtown area of the city, the unique skyways (enclosed walkways that connect 50 square blocks) offer a great way to get around by foot, even during the colder months of winter. But walking from one end of town to the other is usually not preferred by tourists in a large city.
The four main options for rapid transit in Minneapolis are driving a car, taking a taxi, riding a bus, or commuting by train.
Driving a car is by far the most convenient form of transportation, but also the most expensive. After renting a car, then paying for gas and parking, the bill can quickly add up. If price is not an issue, visit Car Rental Options for an array of companies servicing the area.
Taxis are readily available in the city, and are reasonably priced. There are quite a few companies offering service in Minneapolis, but the major one is Yellow Taxi. Visit Taxi List for company names and phone numbers in the area. You can book a taxi or town car online at sites such as Fareshark Flat Rate Taxi & Limo or Limos.com. You can see a list of rates for rides to MSP airport at Taxi Rates to MSP. To check a taxi fare from point a to point b in advance, try using the Minneapolis Taxi Fare Finder.
Busses and trains are both convenient and equally priced. The only differences between the two are the areas serviced. The fares are $2.25 peak fare, and $1.75 off peak for local buses and all trains and $2.25 off-peak and $3.00 peak for express buses. A day pass is available for $6 and is valid for both busses and trains. For route and schedule information visit the Metro Transit Website .
Anytime of year for additional information, check out Traffic 511 , Minnesota's department of Transportation Traffic and Road Conidations, where you can find infomation on traffic delays, detours, and road conditions, check out the traffic cams and more. This page can be a lifesave espeacially during winter months for road conditions around the metro area.
Call 612-348-SNOW (7669) or visit Minneapolis Snow Emergency Info which will explain when a Snow emergency has been declared. Snow Emergencies are called after significant snowfall and before 6 p.m. on any given day. During a Snow Emergency, special parking rules go into effect that allow City crews to plow streets and emergency vehicles to travel safety. Vehicles in violation of these parking rules will be tagged and/or towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot
Be Weatherwise. Don't this happen to you. It is very expensive to pay the fines and to get your car back. Being a visitor to the city will not lessen any fines.