Minneapolis Charter Bus

Often described as a friendly small town with a population of five million, Minneapolis is a thriving center of arts and culture, with unique attractions and a laid-back sensibility. While in Minneapolis, Metropolitan Shuttle can provide easy, cost-effective bus charter and shuttle services throughout the major metropolitan areas of the city and outlying areas.

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Transportation in and Around Minneapolis

While Minneapolis may have a small-town vibe, it still has big-city traffic, and there are several trouble spots to watch out for if you’re traveling by car. Like any major metropolitan area, traffic concentrates during rush hour — usually starting at 7:30 for the morning rush and 4pm for the evening rush. Traffic tends to be worse leaving downtown and heading for the suburban areas. The 494, near Minneapolis’ famous Mall of America, infamous for its heavy traffic during business hours. Highway 394 has slow, heavy traffic, especially during the evening rush, and I-35W is the busiest freeway in all of Minnesota.

Driving in Minneapolis can be especially daunting during the winter, when snowstorms and snowfall can make driving more complicated. Minneapolis gets some serious snow, and icy roads and impaired visibility can present a real hazard, as well as slow down driving time. Winter in Minneapolis starts in earnest around October, and usually ends between March and April.

If traveling by car seems intimidating, there are some public transit options available for visitors to Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Skyway System is a series of elevated footbridges, over eight miles in total, that connects several blocks of Downtown, allowing pedestrians to walk around and explore in comfort, even in the dead of winter. From the Skyway, one can access the Nicollet Mall, the Target Center, the Minneapolis Convention Center, and more.

Minneapolis also features some rapid bus and light rail transit. The University of Minnesota has its own campus shuttle system, and Metro Transit offers three distinct and color-coded light rail lines: the Blue Line, which offers service between Hennepin Avenue, Fort Snelling, the Mall of America, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport; the Green Line, which runs from Downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota to the University of St. Paul; and the Red Line, connecting the Blue Line to the suburb of Apple Valley.

If trying to navigate the public bus and rail system seems confusing, Metropolitan Shuttle can arrange a charter bus for easy transportation all around Minneapolis.

Metropolitan Areas in Minneapolis

Warehouse District: Art, popular nightlife and entertainment
Uptown: Business district between West Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue
Eat Street: A wealth of restaurants along Nicollet Avenue
Northeast/River District: Old architecture, classic housing, popular art culture

Minneapolis Sports Teams

Minnesota Lynx (Target Center)
Minnesota Timberwolves (Target Center)
Minnesota Twins (Target Field)
Minnesota Vikings (Metrodome)
Minnesota United FC (Metrodome, National Sports Center)

The Arts in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Dance Theatre
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts
Minnesota Fringe Festival
Guthrie Theater
The Walker Art Center
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Conference and Convention Venues

Minneapolis Convention Center near Nicollet Mall
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Minneapolis Northwest
McNamara Alumni Center
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

Annual Events in Minneapolis

TwinsFest (January)
International Film Festival (April)
Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival (June)
Sommerfest (July-August)
Twin Cities Marathon (October)
Holidazzle Parade (November-December)

Landmarks and Other Sights

Minneapolis Skyway
Foshay Tower
Nicollet Avenue
Lake Calhoun Bridge
Lake Street
Ford Dam


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“The bus trip was perfect. I received many comments from the attendees about how convenient the service was for our trip. I believe during our future Yankees excursions we will use your service and keep you in mind for others. Thanks!!”

Columbia University Business School

“When the Department tasked your company to come up with drivers, vans & buses to support the G20 summit on such short notice, you not only met that challenge, but were resourceful in getting us photos and bio data needed to meet the security requirements. (We have a total of 44 drivers) with only 8 DOS drivers as well as all the vehicles needed – this is indeed an accomplishment!”

G20 Summit

“I just wanted to send you a note thanking you for the great service you gave the St. David Show Choir during our recent visit to California. The buses were always nice and prompt and the bus drivers were very courteous, We hope to use your company on future visits. Thank you again.”

St. David Arizona Show Choir

“Thank you for all of your help during the past few weeks. We couldn’t have made it through L.A. Screenings … without you!”

Sony Pictures Television International

“Thank you for your kind assistance to the Office of Homeland Security. It was a pleasure working with you.”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

“I am an attorney and the coordinator for a golf trip for our firm’s clients in Birmingham.  I was recently left in a bind with another transportation company at the last minute.  I called Metropolitan and reached Nevin.  He immediately took care of me and rectified the situation – he responded to everything quickly, got everything I needed arranged, and had a great personality while doing it.  I just wanted to drop a note since customer service can be such unrewarding work as I feel that people are quicker to point out the negatives rather than the positives in this business.  Nevin did a job well done.”

Hennessy & Roach, P.C.

“Thank you, thus far, for your shuttle services from Morehouse School of Medicine to Grady Memorial Hospital. We have received numerous of compliments of vehicles as well as time efficiency. I kindly request for shuttle driver, Isaac, to frequently transport us to our locations. He is a careful and professional driver with extensive knowledge of the downtown Atlanta area as well as familiar with our time schedule and route. Again, thank you for your services.”

Morehouse School of Medicine

“Everything went off without a hitch. Your limos and buses were perfect, and very accommodating given the flexibility we needed with the rain. By all means, I won’t hesitate to call you for anything we need or refer my friends for anything they may need in the future.”

Private event

“Things went superbly; words cannot describe how amazing things went. This was my first year to act as Social Chair and put large groups like this and then move them for a night of fun. But ya’ll helped so much with finding the extra buses I needed in such a small time, I didn’t think it could be done but ya’ll proved me wrong. Andy kept me updated and helped out more than was necessary and was right on top of everything. He helped me understand what would be needed and expected and I hope that everything on our side went well. The service was great; the bus drivers introduced themselves, gave me cell phone numbers, and were very friendly to everyone that rode. Then we were off and everything ran smoothly. I cannot stress how grateful I am and how amazing the buses were, everything went better than planned. Thank you so much for the service and you went above and beyond our standards, you have a great company and we will definitely use you in the future… maybe with a little more time to spare (haha). Thank you again and if there was anything that [you] were concerned about on our part, please let me know so I can make changes in the future.”

Oklahoma State University

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support in coordinating the bus transportation for our employee meetings… As I mentioned to you when I first contacted Metropolitan, the drivers were late the last two years but this year, thanks to you, your driver Eric was at the facility earlier than the designated time. Because of this, our employees arrived at our main plant in a timely manner and the meetings started very promptly.”

Palladon Iron Corporation

“I wanted to thank and compliment you, your company, and most of all, your driver. Your response to our request for a quote was fast and efficient. You showed both courteous and professional service. We had already had scheduled and paid for our trip with another bus service when they cancelled three days prior to our service date. You got us back “on track” within hours of that cancellations at a competitive price. Your driver was exceptional. He was dressed in a well pressed suit, courteous beyond belief, and a excellent and safe driver. You have won all our future business.”

Hinsdale Cub Scouts

“I really appreciate the fact that you understood my concern about the driver being on-time. I was really worried that 2008 would be a repeat of 2006 and 2007 but thanks to you, everything went smoothly. I can assure you that I’ll call Metropolitan again in 2009. Thank you again for your outstanding work on this request. I enjoy working with people who pay attention to details and who make it a point to provide good customer service. You scored very high on both counts! Have a great day.”

Trojan Battery

“It was awesome. Our driver was exceptional and our bus exceeded expectations. Thanks for all your assistance and we will use you again in the future.”

Glazier Foods

“Your professionalism is greatly appreciated. It’s always a pleasure to work with  Metropolitan Shuttle!”

Mercury Marketing Resources, Inc.

“Thank you for the good service provided by Yvan last Saturday in NY. On time, friendly, clean bus…we shall surely recommend your company to others as the occasion arises.”

Hon. Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Illinois & Indiana

I wanted to thank you for all of your assistance with our event this past weekend. The drivers were prompt and courteous and I received more than 1 compliment about them from the graduates, especially Glenn, whom the riders found very amusing.

They were fantastic at communicating with me and making sure that we were all on the same page and I am looking forwarding to booking your company for my next event.

Red Lion-Concordia University

“We had a wonderful time this weekend and it couldn’t have happened without great transportation. I had no references and got your co. from a Google Search and we were very pleased. The driver was early, the bus was nice and clean and Danny our driver was very good and personable. Based on my experience I would use Metropolitan again and recommend to my friends.”

Spread the Word Ministries

“I didn’t want the week to end without getting I touch with you to let you know in writing how satisfied we were with everything from beginning to end… your professionalism, our changes and your willingness to accommodate them. The bus was beautiful.  Mr. Thomas, our driver was fantastic.  A total professional.  Everyone raved about how wonderful he was.  How well he managed the high volume of traffic in Manhattan on the day of our trip.  He got our group here from NY to PA happy, safe and in good time… We are planning our next event and are looking at the logistics involved of shuttling guests every hour on the hour for a 24-hour period from the NJ transit station to our next locale.  We are keeping Metropolitan Shuttle at the top of our list for all our future transportation needs.”

The Shuttah Group

The service provided was excellent. We did not have any complaints with Bus that was provided or the drivers. There was a very high level of professionalism being exemplified by the office team (Chanel) and the drivers. I would highly recommend Metropolitan Shuttle to other clients. The level of service deserves 5 stars. Thanks again!

MHI Inc.