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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.
So rent a bike! There are bike rental/parking areas throughout the downtown area near all the attractions and light rail. It's run by a company called Nice Ride MN that was funded by the Department of Transportation with a federal grant. The bikes are very well taken care of and only $6/day. Visit NiceRide MN
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.
If you're planning to drive, it can be a pain to find parking in the downtown. You can find and reserve parking in advance of your trip or event online or on your mobile from an iOS and Android application with Parking Panda. Parking Panda has also partnered with the Target Center to allow visitors to reserve parking for events and games.
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 - or TripGo for a comparison of all your transport options, combining public and private modes.
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.