Those visiting from the northeast will find that things are more spread out in Minnesota, and it can often feel like driving between any two popular tourist destinations in the Twin Cities area takes somewhere between  forty-five and sixty minutes.  When it comes to getting around Minnesota, most Minnesotans use their own personal transportation vehicle, be it car, truck, or SUV.  Rush hour does exist in the Twin Cities, as it does in most cities.

A push has been made to lessen the Minnesotan dependence on the car in recent years.  For those who like tight padded pants and the feel of wind in their hair, try the bike paths that have been added throughout the metropolitan area; you won't be the only one, as they are gaining in popularity.  The construction of the Hiawatha Line, a 12 mile light rail transit system, was finished in 2004.  It extends as far south as Bloomington (where the Mall of America is located) and connects the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis, as well as many other destinations.

If you find yourself traveling to Minnesota fifty years in the past, you will be able to make use of the streetcar service that was available then.  If you are visiting Minnesota in the present, the streetcars were, sadly, retired over fifty years ago.            

            In the downtown area of the city, there are some unique skyways (enclosed walkways that connect blocks) offer a great way to get around by foot, even during the colder months of winter.  

            The thee main options for transit in St Paul, they are driving a car, taking a taxi, or riding a bus. The city, often teased because the streets are not in number order, except for the downtown area where you find forth, next to fifth and so on, later you see Rice street, by Dale and Lexington and Hamline without rhyme or reason. (get a map)

            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.

            Busses and trains are both convenient and equally priced.  The only differences between the two are the areas serviced.  The fares are $2.50 peak fare, and $1.75 off peak. 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 especially during winter months for road conditions around the metro area. 

Call 651-266-PLOW  or visit St Paul Snow Emergency Information   which will explain when a Snow emergency has been declared.  Snow Emergencies are called after significant snowfall.  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.

Minneapolis and St Paul can have different Snow Emergencies and they DO have different rules. Be aware of both when driving and parking on city streets in winter.

 Be Weather wise.  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.