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IMA Visitor Information



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The Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, with designator MSP, is the main airport servicing the IMA's metropolitan area.

Ground Transportation From the Airport

TIME: Allow 25 minutes / 45 minutes for rush hour (6-9 am and 3-6:30 pm M-F)
COST: Approximately $35 one way

Airport Taxi - 612-721-0000
Green and White - 612-522-2222
Red and White - 612-871-1600
Yellow - 612-824-4444

Or, for visitors willing to make one transfer, the light rail system is a good alternative.

Metro Transit Bus/Light Rail Transit (LRT) from the Airport
TIME: Allow 60 minutes
COST: $1.75 bus/$2.25 light rail during non-rush hour & $2.00 bus/$3.00 light rail during rush hour (6-9 am & 3-6:30 pm M-F)

Trains leave every 7.5 minutes during rush hours, every 10-15 minutes at other times. Travel time to Metrodome Station is approximately 15 minutes. Please note you will need to board a bus from the Metrodome station (routes to the IMA include the 50 and 16 which arrive at this stop every 10 minutes). You may board one of these buses East bound (away from downtown) on 4th st. S. and Chicago Ave (Kirby Puckett). The bus ride is approximately 7 minutes. You may visit the Metro Transit website to create a personal transportation route. You must go to the website to plan the trip with your specific times and dates: Once on the website, choose the Plan Your Trip tab located at the top of the screen, and scroll to Transit Trip Planner. Then, enter your starting point using the Landmark option, and scroll down to Airport Mpls- St. Paul Int'l. Again for step 2, use the Landmark option scroll down to choose U of M- East Bank. Add your correct date and time, and click Plan Itinerary. Your complete itinerary should include transferring from the light rail to the bus near/at the Metrodome. Bus detour information, during Central Cooridor Light Rail construction may be found by visiting:

Another option is the Super Shuttle.

Super Shuttle
TIME: Allow 60 minutes to the airport
COST: $15.00 one way/$30.00 round trip

To the IMA

Reservations are not necessary for arrival into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
1. Claim your luggage.
2. Proceed to the lower level (follow signs to ground transportation), and continue to follow the signs upstairs to the Scheduled Van/Hotel Shuttle Van loading area. SuperShuttle is conveniently located inside the terminal by the loading area.
3. Identify yourself to the SuperShuttle agent.

Return Reservations

(Advance reservations are required from the University Hotel Minneapolis (formerly Radisson Hotel)) SuperShuttle Shared-Ride Van Service, or Exclusive Van Service: contact 800-BLUE-VAN at least 24 hours in advance of your departure time. A reservation agent will suggest a pick up time from your hotel. To book online go to and click on the ONLINE RESERVATIONS tab. Reservations will need to be guaranteed by a credit card. Please have your flight information available.

You will need to choose shared-ride or exclusive-van service. Shared ride service makes stops at other hotel, it may take up to an hour for you to reach your destination. Exclusive van service is private van service meant for groups up to ten guests.

Parking and Transportation Services

Metro Transit (MTC) serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area. Information on Metro Transit Bus and Light Rail System is available at by calling 612-373-3333.

For additional information on Bus Passes (U-Pass), University of Minnesota Campus Connector buses, Biking, Walking, Parking and more, please visit the Parking and Transportation Services website at Please note that parking on and near campus is very limited and not recommended, however, you can reserve contract parking if you are on payroll. See

The University Parking and Transportation Services, located at 300 Transportation and Safety Building, 511 Washington Ave. S.E. (612-626-7275) has information available and Fare cards can be purchased. Fare cards can also be obtained at Coffman Memorial Union, front desk.

Nice Ride Minnesota- Bike Sharing Program
Nice Ride MN is a non-profit organization supplying short term bike rental, for a fee, around Minneapolis. Check out a bike at point A, and return it to any of the stations within the system near/at your point B. Subscribers pay a combination of a subscription ($5 for 24 hours, $30 for 30 days, or $60 for 1 year) plus a trip fee (No fee for 30 minutes or under, $1.50 for 31-60 minutes, etc.). Avoid trip fees by dropping off your current bike at the nearest station, and checking out a new bike within the 30 minute window. Then continue your trip with the new bike.

There is a bike station located in front of Akerman Hall on Union St, one block from Lind hall. For other station locations and more information, please visit

Zipcar is an on-campus car-sharing alternative to owning your own car. Wheels when you want them to run errands, for day trips, or to transport bulky items. It's a perfect solution to your short-term vehicle needs. If you are on payroll through the University, you are able to receive a discounted rate. Please visit for more information.

Car Rentals and Purchasing a Car in Minneapolis