Transportation To and Around Minnesota
Mass and Public Transit
The Metropolitan Council Transit Operations (MCTO) system operates a full schedule of buses throughout the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. For schedule and route information, call 612-373-3333 or visit www.metrotransit.org. Other Minnesota cities with bus services available include Duluth Transit Authority (218-722-4426), Saint Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission (320-251-1499) and Rochester City Lines (507-288-4353).
Minnesota's Light Rail Transit (LRT) system makes getting around easy with 17 stops along the Hiawatha Line, including stops at the Mall of America in Bloomington and the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport, as well as several stops in downtown Minneapolis. Visit www.metrotransit.org for additional information, including full route schedules, where to purchase tickets and how to ride.
There are more than 125 public airports in Minnesota; the largest being MSP International Airport in Richfield. For specific information about traveler services, log onto www.mspairport.com/msp.
Minnesota by Rail
Some of the state's best scenery is found along Amtrak's Empire Builder Route through Minnesota. The train serves Winona, Red Wing, Saint Paul, Saint Cloud, Staples, Detroit Lakes and Fargo-Moorhead. The Twin Cities Passenger Station is located at 730 Transfer Road in the Midway District just off University Avenue. For more information and reservations, call 800-872-7245 or visit www.amtrak.com.
Taxi service is ordered by telephone or hired at taxi stands. Beginning fare is $2.50 plus $1.90 for each additional mile. Many hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to and from MSP International Airport or will arrange for taxi service.
Most car rental companies rent seven-passenger vans. There are several rental agencies with offices at the airport. For larger groups, contact one of the local motorcoach service provides listed below. Many offer mini-coaches that seat 25 to 53-passenger coaches and professional drivers.
MN/DOT Office of Motor Carrier Services
The Office of Motor Carrier Services administers and enforces laws governing the for-hire and private motor carrier industry within Minnesota, including limousines, vehicles transporting the elderly and disabled. For assistance, contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) www.dot.state.mn.us or call 651-215-6330.
Motorcoach Regulations and Insurance
Minnesota participates in the Single State Registration System. A copy of your ICC Operating Authority and proof of insurance should be filed with your base state.
If your state is a member of IFTA, the vehicle must display the IFTA decal and license. If not, the carrier must purchase a biennial fuel permit and submit quarterly fuel reports to the Minnesota Department of Revenue; Five-day fuel permits are also available.
For Additional Assistance Contact:
Petroleum Division, Minnesota Department of Revenue (651-296-0889)
If you have questions regarding these requirements, contact a Minnesota Group Tour Coordinator at 651-757-1871 or toll-free at 800-657-3600.
Minnesota cares about passenger safety. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety conducts random motorcoach inspections throughout the state. These are completed while passengers are off the coach.
For a list of motorcoach service providers doing business in Minnesota, see list above under Van/Motorcoach Rentals.