Getting to Minnesota

The North Star State is easy to reach, whether you’re flying, driving or arriving by train. No matter how you get here, we want your travels to be as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Read on for travel information and tips, then check out how to get around Minnesota once you arrive.

Minnesota is located in the northern part of the United States, nestled between the Dakotas and Wisconsin


Minnesota is located in the upper Midwest, in the north central U.S. along the Canadian border. The state is about 400 miles long from top to bottom, and the width varies from 200 to 350 miles across. The state is divided into five regions. Minnesota borders Lake Superior along the state’s northeastern edge, and the Mississippi River flows throughout much of the state.

Getting Here By Air

Touch down at one of nine passenger service airports and you’ll be within easy reach of adventure. Four Minnesota airports offer international service.

All Minnesota Airports

See below for a list of Minnesota airports across the state.

Airplane MSP Airport Minneapolis skyline

Delta airplane on tarmak at MSP Airport / Emmanuel Canaan

MSP Airport

MSP International Airport is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield. As the 17th busiest U.S. airport for passengers, MSP is home base for hometown carrier Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines' second largest hub.

The airport has received various accolades including awards for safety, concessions and airport design. Most recently, MSP was named the 2017 top North American airport for efficiency excellence in its size category by the Air Transportation Research Society.

Airport Hubs & Terminals

MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings (Terminal 1 & 2), each with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other use the light rail transit service. There is no pedestrian access between the buildings.

  • Terminal 1 / Lindbergh: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air Choice One, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
  • Terminal 2 / Humphrey: Condor, Frontier Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines

Ground Transportation

MSP Airport offers many convenient, reliable transportation options.

Car Rental

Browse car rental companies conveniently located at MSP and nearby.

MSP Airport shopping Uptown Minnesota store

Uptown Minnesota, MSP Airport  / Metropolitan Airports Commission

Things to Do at MSP Airport

If you find yourself with some time to spare before your flight takes off, check out 10 ways to explore MSP Airport. With shopping, dining, art, music, kid-friendly fun, a walking path and luxe ways to unwind, you're sure to make the most of your time here. 

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Getting Here by Car

With major interstate highways connecting nearby states to Minnesota and key border town access points between Canada and Minnesota, accessing the North Star state is a breeze. Use the information below to plot your road trip, and be sure to check out the state's scenic byways.


  • Major interstate highways: I-35, I-35E, I-35W, I-90, I-94
  • Auxiliary interstate highways: I-335, I-394, I-494, I-535, I-694

Drive Times & Mileage

  To MSP To Duluth To Rochester To Bemidji To St. Cloud
Fargo 3.5 hrs   235 mi 4.5 hrs   240 mi 5.4 hrs   321 mi 2.5 hrs   129 mi 3 hrs   172 mi
Sioux Falls 4 hrs   238 mi 6 hrs   390 mi 3.5 hrs   238 mi 6 hrs   358 mi 4 hrs   228 mi
Des Moines 4 hrs   244 mi 6 hrs   396 mi 3 hrs   212 mi 7 hrs   548 mi 4.5 hrs   308 mi
Madison 4.5 hrs   275 mi 5 hrs   332 mi 3 hrs   213 mi 7.5 hrs   481mi 5 hrs   337 mi
Green Bay 5 hrs   305 mi 5 hrs   331 mi 4.5 hrs   267 mi 7.5 hrs   480 mi 5 hrs   343 mi
Milwaukee 5.5 hrs   340 mi 6 hrs   400 mi 4 hrs   227 mi 8.5 hrs   545 mi 6 hrs   400 mi
Omaha 6 hrs   374 mi 3.5 hrs   530 mi 5 hrs   345 mi 8 hrs   535 mi 6.5 hrs   277 mi
Chicago 6.5 hrs   422 mi 7 hrs   468 mi 5.5 hrs   350 mi 9.5 hrs   617 mi 7 hrs   437 mi
Lincoln 6.5 hrs   432 mi 8.5 hrs   584 mi 6 hrs   400 mi 9 hrs   566 mi 7 hrs   413 mi
Detroit 11 hrs   690 mi 11 hrs   750 mi 9.5 hrs   630 mi 14 hrs   904 mi 11.5 hrs   750 mi
Kansas City 7 hrs   540 mi 8.5 hrs   588 mi 6 hrs   404 mi 10 hrs   651 mi 7.5 hrs   501 mi
Indianapolis 9 hrs   590 mi 10 hrs   649 mi 8 hrs   529 mi 12.5 hrs   804 mi 10 hrs   653 mi
Winnipeg 7 hrs   763 mi 7 hrs   378 mi 8.5 hrs   542 mi 4.5 hrs   232 mi 6.5 hrs   392 mi
Denver 13.5 hrs   914 mi 15.5 hrs   1066 mi 13 hrs   882 mi 15 hrs   964 mi 14 hrs   768 mi