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.
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