Transit

Getting Around During General Conference

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Getting Around Minneapolis

Wherever you want to go in Minneapolis-St. Paul (the Twin Cities), there are many great transit options.

Full of great restaurants, hotels, shops, and theaters, downtown Minneapolis is just blocks from the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. S).

Walking

In Minneapolis, enjoy the walk to downtown, the Mississippi River, or one of many attractions. The walking directions on Google Maps (website, iPhone app, or Android app) are reliable and easy to use.

Many downtown Minneapolis buildings are connected to the Convention Center by a skyway system. Walk from building to building without touching the streets or leaving the air conditioning. View a map of the Downtown Minneapolis skyway system.

Selection of walkable destinations (with distance from Convention Center):

Foshay Museum and Observation Deck (0.4 mi/0.6 km)

Loring Park (0.5 mi/0.8 km)

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (0.7 mi/1.1 km)

Minneapolis Institute of Art (0.8 mi/1.3 km)

Target Field, home of the Twins baseball team (1.2 mi/1.9 km)

U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Vikings football team (1.2 mi/1.9 km)

Stone Arch Bridge (1.3 mi/2 km)

Photo credit Meet Minneapolis

Biking

Minneapolis is frequently ranked the most bikeable city in the United States. With hundreds of miles of city street bike lanes and bike/pedestrian trails, biking is sometimes the easiest and fastest way to move around downtown Minneapolis and nearby neighborhoods.

You don’t have to bring your bicycle to enjoy the Twin Cities by bike. Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system. Both docked and dockless bikes are available for a $2 single ride (up to 30 minutes) or a $6 day pass. Dockless bikes can be unlocked through the Nice Ride app (iPhone app or Android app.)

Biking directions on Google Maps (website, iPhone app, or Android app) are reliable and easy to use.

Selection of bikeable destinations and trails (with distance from Convention Center):

Midtown Global Market (2.1 mi/3.4 km)

Chain of lakes (2.1 miles/3.4 km)

Weisman Art Museum (2.9 mi/4.7 km)

Midtown Greenway (5.5 mi/8.9 km bike/walk trail from Chain of Lakes to Mississippi River)

West River Parkway to Minnehaha Falls (7.7 mi/ 12.3 km along the Mississippi River to park and waterfall)

Photo credit Metro Transit

Buses and Light-Rail

Metro Transit buses and light-rail are easy and accessible in the Twin Cities. Fares are $2, except during rush hour (6-9 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) when the fare is $2.50, with free transfers to any bus or light-rail for two-and-a-half hours. One-week passes, all-day passes, and more fare options are available.

If you’re already downtown and need to ride a few blocks, the fare is 50 cents in the “Downtown Zone.” Look for buses marked “Free Ride” and pay no fare when boarding along Nicollet Mall.

Metro Transit offers fast, frequent service to both Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns, the Mall of America, and hundreds of other popular attractions. Dozens of bus lines connect all parts of the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. The Metro Blue Line light-rail connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport and the Mall of America, and the Metro Green Line light-rail connects downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, and downtown St. Paul.

Learn more about fares and routes at www.metrotransit.orgThe transit trip-planning directions on Google Maps (website, iPhone app, or Android app) are reliable and easy to use.

Lyft, Uber, and Taxi

Lyft and Uber are on-demand rideshare apps. Download the Lyft app (iPhone app or Android app) or the Uber app (iPhone app or Android app) to begin. Consider using Lyft as an environmentally-friendly rideshare option.

Many taxi services are also available in the Twin Cities. View the Yellow Cab, Blue & White Taxi, and iHail websites to learn more.

Rental Car

Cars can be rented from a variety of companies in the Twin Cities. View all rental car companies available at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

Parking

Learn more about parking and reserving a parking spot here.
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Look around for signs stating parking restrictions

Minneapolis street parking rules can vary from one street to the next. Take a moment to look around for signs stating parking restrictions before leaving your car, especially in business districts.
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Check meter enforcement hours

Parking meter enforcement hours vary from street to street. Hours of enforcement are listed on each parking meter or parking spot number post. Unfortunately, these can be difficult or impossible to see without getting out of your car.
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Parking is easy to find at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Parking is easy to find at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC). Across the street from the MCC is an underground parking ramp that is connected by a climate-controlled skyway system to the MCC and several downtown accommodations and attractions.
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Look for parking ramps

Within easy walking distance of the MCC are a dozen parking ramps, most connected to the MCC by skyways.

Driving Rules and Reminders

Photo credit Minneapolis Parks

Minnesota has a hands-free law for all mobile devices. You may not hold your phone in your hand while driving, even at stoplights. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, looking at video or photos, using non-navigation apps, reading texts, and scrolling or typing on the phone. The law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts, and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. The first ticket is $50 plus court fees and the second and later tickets are $275 plus court fees.

Minneapolis is a cycling city. Before crossing over a bike lane, make sure there isn’t a cyclist in your path.

Nearly all the streets in downtown Minneapolis are one-way.

Unlike many other cities, cars are not allowed to drive down the city’s light rail tracks.

Credits: Header Image, Minneapolis Parks; Footer Image, Metro Transit

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Event Address

Minneapolis Convention Center

1301 2nd Ave. South

Minneapolis, MN 55403