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Air Travel: Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

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In 2013, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) served more than 33 million passengers and accommodated 431,328 landings and takeoffs making it 16th in North America for the number of travelers served.

The airport and its leadership have received various awards in numerous categories, including safety, fiscal management, labor relations, legal oversight, snow and ice control, concessions, airport design and development, and marketing and communications. Most recently, in 2013, Airport Council International-North America chose MSP as the recipient of its Best Food & Beverage Program award.

The following airlines offer non-stop international flights to MSP from the locations listed:

  • Delta
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)
    • Paris, France (CDG)
    • London, United Kingdom (LHR)
    • Tokyo, Japan (NRT)
    • Vancouver, Canada (YVR)
    • Winnipeg, Canada (YWG)
    • Calgary, Canada (YYC)
    • Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
  • Compass Airlines
    • Edmonton, Canada (YEG)
    • Regina, Canada (YQR)
    • Vancouver, Canada (YVR)
    • Winnipeg, Canada (YWG)
    • Saskatoon, Canada (YXE)
    • Calgary, Canada (YYC)
  • SkyWest Airlines
    • Regina, Canada (YQR)
    • Montreal, Canada (YUL)
    • Winnipeg, Canada (YWG)
    • Calgary, Canada (YYC)
  • ExpressJet Airlines
    • Montreal, Canada (YUL)
    • Winnipeg, Canada (YWG)
  • Endeavor Air
    • Montreal, Canada (YUL)
    • Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
  • Air Canada
    • Calgary, Canada (YYC)
  • Jazz Aviation
    • Toronto, Canada (YYZ)

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) from downtown Minneapolis. Typical travel time is 25 minutes.

MSP Airport


Travel by Train: Amtrak Station at Union Depot

The nearest train line is Amtrak out of Union Depot in downtown St. Paul, 14.7 miles from the race venue. At its core Union Depot is a transportation center and offers several options for travelers. It is a hub for all types of transportation including bus and light rail, Amtrak, taxis, biking and walking and even boats.

Union Depot is one of America’s great rail stations from the early 20th Century. By the numbers it is 250,000 square feet on 33 acres near the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. It was originally completed in 1926 and was fully restored in 2012 through a $243 million restoration. The project returned Union Station to its original 1920s splendor. In addition, new construction involved rebuilding the train deck and tracks, and building a new multilevel passenger drop-off entrance with ticketing and baggage counters.

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Transportation from Airport to Lodging

There are multiple transportation possibilities from MSP to lodging. The light rail, operated by Metro Transit, is the easiest and most economical option. Depending on the time of day, it is often the fastest means of transportation to downtown lodging. Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) from downtown lodging. Typical travel time is 25 minutes. Learn more at metrotransit.org/light-rail.

Other modes of transportation include:

The Metro Transit Light Rail System
The Metro Transit Light Rail System


Car Rentals

There are numerous car rental agencies available at MSP airport. The package rates can vary and often start at $25 per day, depending on the size of the vehicle. The rates do not include daily parking in downtown Minneapolis, which can range from $8 to $30 per day depending on the parking ramp or lot or time of day. For more information see mspairport.com.


Transportation from Lodging to the Ski Stadium

Theodore Wirth Park is approximately 3-4 miles/5-7 kilometers from downtown Minneapolis or a 10-15-minute drive. The MWC2018 transportation plan will take skiers direct to Theodore Wirth Park from a selected block of downtown lodging options as well as designated parking areas.