Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is the major airport of the Twin Cities region, south of downtown Minneapolis and 7 miles southwest of Saint Paul. It's a major hub for Delta Air Lines, and the largest and busiest airport in the nearst 6 states in the upper Midwest and Great Plains.
If you're beginning your trip at MSP, make sure you know which terminal you will depart from; Terminal 2 is mostly used by several discount airlines, while Terminal 1 serves all others.
- Terminal 1–Lindbergh is named for Charles Lindbergh (1902–1874), the Minnesota aviator whose 1927 solo nonstop flight from New York to Paris marked a turning point in aviation history.
- Concourse A: Delta Air Lines
- Concourse B: Air Choice One, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines
- Concourse C: Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines
- Concourse D: Delta Air Lines
- Concourse E: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, KLM, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
- Concourse F: Delta Air Lines
Concourse G: Air France, Delta Air Lines
- Concourse H: Condor, Icelandair, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
By light railThe METRO Blue Line links the airport with Downtown Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, northeastern corner of Bloomington (including the Mall of America), and offers connections to buses to other parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The trains are convenient, fast, and clean. Fare is $2.00-2.50 depending on time of day. The light rail has stations at both terminals.
By busRoute 54 buses link the airport with Downtown Saint Paul, West 7th Street, and the Mall of America in Bloomington. The bus only stops at Terminal 1; passengers flying into or out of Terminal 2 can use the METRO Blue Line to complete their journey.
By carTerminal 1 is off Minnesota Highway 5. Terminal 2 is along 34th Avenue north of Interstate 494/Highway 5.
Terminal 1 is very large, and there is little to speed you on your way. A tram runs along the length of Concourse C, which by itself is a staggering half-mile (0.8 km) long; this brings Concourses A, B, and C closer to the central airport mall, from which the other concourses sprout. There are some moving sidewalks as well, but otherwise you have to walk to get around, and it can be a long journey; the farthest gates are just over 1 mile (1.6 km) apart, which will take 20 minutes or more at a brisk pace, or slightly less if you can use the tram.
Delta Sky Club
Escape LoungeCommon-use lounge open to passengers of any airline for a fee.
Eat and drink
Terminal 1Most of the food in Terminal 1 is concentrated in the central airport mall. While this is fairly central to most Concourses (except for far-flung Concourses A and B), it means you're unlikely to find much food near your gate, unless you order take-out and carry it to your next gate.
Angel Food BakeryDonuts and breakfast.
Black SheepLocal chain serving coal-fired pizzas.
Holy Land DeliLocal chain offering Middle Eastern and Mediterranean favorites: gyros, schwarma, and falafel.
LoLo American KitchenKorean barbecue tacos.
RepublicBurgers and beer.
Smack ShackLobster rolls and chowder.
Cocina del BarrioMexican plates and a wide variety of tequilas.
Lost and Foundphone: +1 612 726-5141The airport's lost and found office deals with items lost at the airport, excluding items lost at security checkpoints or on aircraft. If calling the lost and found office after hours, leave a message and they will get a hold of you on the following business day.-
- For items lost at security checkpoints, contact TSA Lost and Found at (phone line open M-F 8AM-4:30PM).
- Storage lockers are available in Terminal 1, but only on the secure side, and they're intended for carry-on luggage (locker dimensions are 23 inches high by 15 inches wide by 35 inches deep). Rental fees are $4 for the first four hours or $8 per day, with a maximum rental time of 48 hours, after which the lockers are emptied. The lockers are equipped with fingerprint technology, so baggage can only be retrieved by the same person who rented the locker. Lockers are near gates C2, C13, and the entrance to Concourse F. There are no lockers available in Terminal 2.
phone: +1 612 725-0500address: 5005 Glumack DrThis is the only hotel on the airport grounds. The hotel has a skyway connection to a TSA checkpoint at Terminal 1's Concourse C. The TSA checkpoint is open 5:15AM-6:45PM daily and is only for passengers without checked baggage; access from the terminal to the hotel through the skyway is open 24 hours a day, but also only for those without checked baggage. The hotel also offers shuttle service to Terminals 1 and 2.
Many of the hotels along the I-494 corridor (especially Bloomington and Richfield to the west, but also Eagan and Mendota Heights to the east) offer free airport shuttles. Hotels in Downtown Minneapolis are easy to access via the METRO Blue Line, as are some of the hotels in northeast Bloomington directly south of the airport (east of or next to the Mall of America).