Flight guide to Rochester

Overview of Rochester

Rochester is best visited in the summer months between June and August, when the days are warm and temperatures...

Airport Guide to Rochester Municipal (RST)

Airport Name

Rochester International Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located eight miles south of downtown Rochester.






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Airport Overview

Located seven miles (11km) southwest of central Rochester, Minnesota, Rochester International Airport (RST) is a tiny regional air field serving only two airlines. Processing fewer than 400,000 passengers each year, the airport’s main function is as a hub for AirMed, a medical airline.

Many passengers flying into Rochester do so to get to the renowned Mayo Clinic, a state-of-the-art non-profit medical practice and research facility. The airport was founded by the Mayo Foundation in 1928 as a way to transport patients from far-flung locations.

Flights to Rochester International Airport come in from only a few cities, with direct connections available from Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis. Many more able-bodied passengers choose to fly into Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, which is only a 90-minute drive from Rochester and is connected by bus and train. Those who fly through Rochester International Airport however, get an immediate taste of Minnesotan hospitality from the friendly and welcoming staff members.


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Terminal Transfer

The tiny airport has only one terminal so you can easily walk between gates, although connections are so limited it’s unlikely you’ll have a stopover here.

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Getting into Town

Train: There is no train or subway service to Rochester Airport.

Bus: There is an airport shuttle service timed to meet most arriving flights. A one-way fare into downtown Rochester is about $11.50.

Taxi:  Taxis from several companies, including Yellow Cab and Med City Taxi are available from the airport. It’s approximately $25 from the airport to downtown Rochester.

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Car Parking

Short-term parking is closest to the terminal, and charges $1 every 30 minutes up to a daily maximum of $10. Long-term parking, which is still within easy walking distance, charges $1 per hour up to $8 per day or $48 per week. Both lots offer 15 minutes of free parking.


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Information Desks

Information is available in the public access area of the terminal.


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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: There is an ATM and public phones in the public access area.

Luggage: Lost-luggage queries are handled by individual airlines.

Conference and business: There are no business facilities at the airport beyond Wi-Fi and charging stations for laptops and mobile devices.

Other facilities: Vending machines, charging stations, smoking areas, baby-changing stations, and handicapped facilities in the airport, as well as a special help desk specifically for Mayo Clinic patients.

Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi available in the terminal. Simply connect to the “RST FREE” network from your laptop or mobile device.

Shopping: There’s little shopping to be done at the airport. The best you can hope for here is a magazine or soda, or a keychain from the gift shop past security.

Food and drink: There isn’t much to choose from in terms of dining options at Rochester International, but there are vending machines and the Three 31 Bar and Grill, which serves hamburgers, salads and sandwiches.

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Car Rentals

Rental cars are available from Hertz, Budget, Avis, National and Enterprise. The pick-up-return area is within walking distance of the terminal, next to short-term parking.