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Airports in Minneapolis

Best Time to Fly to Minneapolis

Peak Season:

Billed as one of the most walk-able cities in the U.S., summer is a great time to take a flight to Minneapolis, in spite of the heat and humidity, because, with the city’s casual dress code and relaxed atmosphere, no one really breaks a sweat. With all the lakes and beaches in and around the city, be sure to bring your bathing suit and sun block.

Fall brings stunning foliage to enjoy as you stroll along the historic Riverfront District.

Off Season:

Halfway to the North Pole, just south of 45 degrees north latitude, Minneapolis is well known for its harsh and frigid winters. Temperatures can drop as low as -55 degrees Fahrenheit so if you plan a trip during this time, be sure to focus on the many and varied indoor activities unless you’re well-prepared for such dangerously low temperatures. Winter-like temperatures can last well into spring in Minneapolis with long stretches of bone-chilling showers.


From skyscrapers to state parks, Minneapolis has everything for any traveler. The twin cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul – are home to more than three million people and welcome millions of travelers on Minneapolis flights every year.

Pack light on your flight to Minneapolis; you’ll need the extra suitcase space. Minneapolis is home to the Mall of America, the largest mall in the nation that spans over 10 city blocks. You'll find more than 500 retail stores, an amusement park, and an aquarium. After a long day of shopping, revive and re-energize at one of the city’s many restaurants and bars.

Art and music lovers won’t want to miss a cheap flight to Minneapolis. Minneapolis is the birthplace of the American Regional professional theater movement, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Guthrie Theater, and the Minnesota Symphony. Even sports fans can find a reason to book a trip to Minneapolis. The MLB Minnesota Twins, NBA Minnesota Timberwolves and the NFL Minnesota Vikings are cheered on by Minneapolis residents and visitors. Whether your flight to Minneapolis is for arts, leisure, sports or business, there’s much to do in Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis climate

Minneapolis winters can be cold and dry with temperatures ranging from the single digits to mid-20s (Fahrenheit). Summer is usually warm with temperatures in the low 50s to the high 80s, although at times it can be hot and humid. Like most midwestern cities, Minneapolis is subject to a range of weather conditions including heavy thunderstorms, tornadoes, snow and ice.

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Getting downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Distance: 10 miles south of Minneapolis
Drive time: 15-30 mins

Metro Transit public buses, shared ride shuttles, limousines, rental cars, and taxi cabs are available from the airport.

Buses cost $1 ($2 during rush hour) and taxis take about 30 minutes, charge $17-$25 to either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul.

By car, take Highway 5 East and follow signs to Highway 55 East which turns into Highway 62 West. Then, follow the signs to I-35W North to the downtown Minneapolis exits. To reach downtown St. Paul, take Highway 5 East to W. 7th St., which leads directly to downtown, or take the North I-35E exit from W. 7th St. to the St. Paul exits.

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Getting around Minneapolis

If you’re only staying in downtown Milwaukee, you can get around by foot just fine. To see the rest of the city’s attractions, renting a car is your best bet.

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Minneapolis Travel Information

  • Book flights to Minneapolis for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, an annual 11-day festival of live stage performance and visual arts, including theater, dance and performance art, puppetry, storytelling and more. Fringe 2007 played host to 874 performances of 162 shows. Fringe 2008 will be held Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, August 10.
  • Spring or fall are the best times to visit the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, an 11-acre park operated and run by nearby Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
  • Shop ‘til you drop at the Mall of America, in nearby Bloomington, MN, the largest mall in the country, with more than 520 stores, restaurants and bars, an amusement park and a 1.2-million gallon walk-through aquarium. As an added bonus, helping to ease the burden on your wallet, there’s no sales tax on clothing and shoes in Minnesota. Located five minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and 15 minutes from the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • No trip to the American Midwest is complete without time spent at a State Fair. With food, animal exhibits, competitions, midway rides, concerts, and crafts the Great Minnesota Get Together comes alive every year for 12 days in August and September.

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Minneapolis airports

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). The airport is situated 16 miles south of Minneapolis and 12 miles south of St Paul.

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A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    La Guardia to Minneapolis-St Paul International:
    3 hr 0 mins
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    In-flight reading

    Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places

    Jerome PohlenChock-full of enough oddball sights to satisfy even the most travel-weary tourist.

    The World According to Lucy

    Charles M. SchultzBorn in 1922 in Minneapolis, Charles Monroe Schulz became a world-renowned cartoonist with his comic strip Peanuts. For more about the man, see his biography by Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Good Grief! A Biography of Charles M. Schulz.

    Lake Wobegone Days

    Garrison KeillorThe acclaimed PBS host celebrates the idiosyncrasies of a fictional small town in Minnesota.