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Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Minneapolis-St.Paul Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Soft seats, cushions and blankets are all upstairs on floor 3 overlooking the check in area.
- John S

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by a traveller
September 2015 - We've tried the Concourse D observation deck twice. One time it was filled with screaming toddlers. This time, it was empty and quiet. Even had one sleeping pad in the corner. You'll need earplugs to mute the frequent announcements. If someone entered that room and saw a person sleeping, I would imagine that they would be very quiet. Theoretically, you could close the door midway up the stairway and put a note on it that said, 'Quiet, Sleeping'. Another option would be to pay the 50 for the airline lounges such as Delta Sky Club. We were told there were free drinks and meals (soup, salad bar). That would be cheaper than a hotel meal for a long layover.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Minneapolis airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, F/G Concourse, the entrance is located at the beginning of the F concourse. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, Concourse C, next to Gate C12. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • Escape Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside, north end of the Airport Mall on the Mezzanine Level. Hours: 4:00AM - 9:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 45) • Priority Pass.
  • United Club - Location: Terminal 1 Lindbergh, Airside, Concourse E, between Gates E6 and E8. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • United Club Membership.

USO Lounge - The USO has a lounge to members of the military and their families. Amenities: video games, TV lounge, snacks, showers, computers and a library. Location: Arrivals Level, across the roadway between Terminals 1 and 2. Hours: open 24 hours

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Minneapolis Airport in both terminals for 45 minutes. Connect to the "MSP-WiFi" network. Once the free session expires, you can view an advertisement or take a quick survey to receive another 45 minutes free. You can use as many free sessions as you want. For faster, commercial free service, the airport's premium WiFi service is $ 2.95 for 24 hours. Additionally, there are Internet kiosks are available on Concourse C through G

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Minneapolis Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Minneapolis Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price. We also have a list of hotels that offer airport shuttles in the Airport Transportation section below.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located throughout both Terminals (landside and airside).
  • Baby Care Facilities - Nursing rooms can be found in Terminal 1 - Lindbergh, Airside, near Gate F2 and Gate C13. For access to the room on Concourse F, visit the information booth in the Airport Mall across from the Chili's Too restaurant. For access to the room on Concourse C, visit the information booth across from Gate C12.
  • Business Centers: Self service business centers offer travellers use of semi-private work stations. Locations: Terminal 1 - Concourses A, B, C, D, E and F. Terminal 2 - Across from Gate H3. Hours: 24 hours.
  • Children's Play Areas: Locations: Terminal 1, Concourse C, airside • Terminal 2, Level 2, airside.
  • Cots - In the event of bad weather or delays, the airport has a limited supply of sleeping mats for passenger use. Mats are distributed at an airline’s request when local hotels are full or near capacity. The mats are distributed in these areas: outside the secure area on the Mezzanine overlooking the Ticketing Lobby above Door 4 or inside the secure area near Checkpoint 3 in the Airport Mall, on Concourse C and near gates G1-G6. Tricia on our Facebook tells us "They will provide sleeping mats for canceled flights. 4 or 5 times my daughter and I have slept in the kids playground control tower. It also has nice padded benches. You do have to listen to the Bob the Builder ride all night, "Can We Do It? Yes We Can!!!""
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex has offices in both terminals. Locations: Terminal 1, between Doors 5 & 6 in the Ticketing Lobby, landside (hours: 6:00AM - 9:00PM) • Terminal 2, in the Ticketing Lobby, landside (hours: varies). There are foreign currency ATMs located in these areas: Terminal 1, Concourse G, airside • Terminal 2, near Gate H6, airside.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update, these were the 24-hour food concessions: McDonalds (Airside, Concourse D) • Subway (Airside, Concourse G, Gate 1).
  • Games Rooms - Location: Terminal 2, Concourse H • Terminal 1, Concourses C, G and F.
  • Information Desk - An information desk on Level T at Terminal 1-Lindbergh is staffed seven days a week, 6:00AM to 12:00AM. The central office is located near the entrance to Concourse D at the Lindbergh Terminal and is open daily from 8:00AM - 8:00PM Holiday hours vary. There are black phones located throughout the airport for anyone needing assistance, they are staffed from 8:00AM - 10:00PM.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers -The lockers can accommodate carry-on-sized luggage. For security purposes, lockers are equipped with fingerprint technology to ensure only those who store the bags can retrieve them. Locations: near Gate C2, C13, entrance to Concourse F.  Rate: $4 for first 4 hours; $8 per day. Max. storage time is 48 hours.
  • Mall of America (off-site): Go shopping, catch a movie, visit the aquarium or take the kids to Nickelodeon Theme Park. To get there, take the Light Rail Transit (LRT) three stops to Mall of America (12 minutes).
  • Massage Chairs: Location: Near Gates C1, C6, C12, C15, C21, E1, and F3 Rate: $1 for 3 minutes, or $5 for 15 minutes
  • Mobile Charging - In additional to the electrical outlets throughout the terminal, travellers can use other free mobile charging stations located throughout the terminals. There are specific power seating locations in the Airport Mall food court • Concourse A, C, E and F food courts. Delta Airlines also provides free mobile charging stations at its gates. Samsung Power Pole locations include:
    • Terminal 1(Lindbergh): Gates A2, B4, C1, C3, C5, C6, C8, C9, C12, C13/14, D3, D5, E2, E9, E8, F1, F8, F13
    • Terminal 2 (Humphrey): Gates H3, H4, H8, H10
  • Power Seating: The food courts in Terminal 1 have large counter with power outlets.
  • Rest Zone - The airport offers a quiet seating area. Location: airside, Mezzanine Level overlooking the Airport Mall. Take the stairs or elevator next to Chili's Too and the Delta Sky Club up one level and take a left. The quiet seating area is on your right.
  • Salon and Spa - XpresSpa Region Salon offers a full range of spa services including massage therapy, reflexogoly, facials, waxing, mani pedis, and hair styling. Locations: entrance to Concourse D • Concourse F, near Gate 6 (Hours: 4:30AM - 10:00PM) • MSP Airport Mall (Hours: 7:00AM - 9:00PM).
  • Showers - Available in the XpresSpa. Locations: entrance to Concourse C, D. Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM. Rate: $40 for 30 minutes.
  • Video Arcade: Locations: Concourse C, near Gate 1 • Concourse F, near Gate 7 • Concourse G, near Gate 7 • Terminal 2. Hours: open 24 hours
  • Walking Path: Walk the official Start! Walking Path, a 1.4-mile walking path in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. See the brochure here (there is a free Subway sandwich coupon)

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to terminal:

  • Terminal 1 (Lindbergh): The South security checkpoint is open 24 hours. The other checkpoints open at approx. 4:00AM and close after the last flight.
  • Terminal 2 (Humphrey): unknown

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

The Amtrak Station is located in St. Paul and is easy to access using either Light Rail Transportation or the Metro Transit city bus.

The Light Rail station is located underground where trains run every 10-15 minutes, just follow the signs. Be advised that you may need to take a tram from your terminal. Once below, take the Rail 55 “towards Downtown/Minneapolis” to bus Route 16 to the Amtrak station/Union Depot.

Alternatively, use Metro Transit city bus service, which departs from the Terminal 1 Transit Center, Level 1 of the Blue and Red parking ramps. The bus departs from the airport every 15 minutes and stops right at Union Depot for Amtrak. Approximate travel time is 30 minutes, depending on stops.

Transportation via taxi will take approximately 10-15 minutes.


Metro Transit Bus #54 stops at T1/Lindbergh Transit Center, outside on Level 1 of the Blue and Red parking ramps. There is no bus service from T2/Humphrey, so you must go to T1 to catch the bus. For schedules and more information, visit the Metro Transit website.

Car Rentals

Eight car rental agencies provide on-site rental service at the airport: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

All on-site rental agencies have reception counters at both terminals. The counters at T1/Lindbergh are located on the 2nd and 3rd levels between the Blue and Red parking ramps. The counters at T2/Humphrey are located in the Ground Transportation Center on the ground floor of the Purple parking ramp, directly across from the terminal.

Hotel Shuttles

Many hotels in the Minneapolis area offer airport shuttle service for their guests. Hotel Shuttles pick-up from the Ground Transportation Atrium in Terminal 1. Here are some of the hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus Dakota Ridge   •   Comfort Inn Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis Bloomington   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport   •   Hampton Inn Minneapolis / Eagan   •   Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport   •   Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America   •   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Minneapolis Airport-Mall Area   •   Holiday Inn Bloomington - Airport South   •   Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport - South   •   La Quinta Inn Minneapolis Airport Bloomington   •   Quality Inn & Suites Mall of America/MSP Airport   •   Radisson Blu Mall of America   •   SpringHill Suites Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport   •   Super 8 Bloomington/Airport.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Passengers can travel on the LRT for free just between the two airport terminals. The LRT is fully wheelchair accessible, but special needs passengers, mobility-impaired passengers, elderly passengers and passengers travelling with small children and luggage may find it easier to take the special needs minivan shuttles. The minivan has a wheelchair lift. This free service is provided by SuperShuttle every 20 minutes from 6:00AM - 10:00PM. The T1 shuttle stop is at the Ground Transport Center, one level up from Level T in the “Shuttles” area. The T2 shuttle shop is at the ground level of the Purple parking ramp.

Light Rail Transit

LRT trains provide 24-hr service from both airport terminals to destinations in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. The north end of the route, located in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, can be reached by train in 25 minutes. The south end of the route, located at Mall of America, can be reached in 12 minutes. Trains run every 10 minutes during peak times, and every 10 - 15 minutes throughout the rest of the day. Adult fare is $2.25 during rush hour ($1.75 otherwise). Discounted fares are available for seniors, persons with disabilities, and children. Children under 3 years ride free. Tickets can be purchased from automated ticket machines at the rail stations. Passengers can travel on the LRT between both terminals for free. LRT trains are wheelchair accessible. The T1/Lindbergh rail station is located at the lowest level of the Transit Center. The T2/Humphrey rail station is next to the Orange parking ramp.


T1/Lindbergh has a Taxi Starter Booth, one level up from Level T (Tram Level).
T2/Humphrey has a taxi area across from the terminal at the Ground Transport Center, on the ground level of the Purple parking ramp. Mobility-impaired passengers can use the taxi service courtesy phones to request an accessible taxi. The phones are located in T1/Lindbergh baggage claim, near carousels 6 and 10. The following companies provides accessible service: Airport Taxi, Care Cabs and SuperShuttle.

Van and Shuttle Services

SuperShuttle provides a shared-ride service from Terminals 1 and 2. Advanced reservations are recommended. In T1/Lindbergh, tickets can be purchased in the Ground Transportation Atrium. The shuttle stops are at the Green and Gold parking ramps across from the Terminal. From T2/Humphrey, go to the Ground Transport Center on Level 1 of the Purple parking ramp to call for pick up.

Scheduled bus, van and limousine service is available from the airport. Tickets can be purchased in T1/Lindbergh at the Ground Transportation Atrium. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Contact any of the following companies for more information: Chippewa Valley Airport Service, Executive Express, GO Carefree Shuttle, GO Rochester Direct, Jefferson Greyhound, Land to Air Express, Lakes Express, NWT Express Shuttle, Rochester Shuttle Service and Skyline Shuttle.

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Last Updated: 14 November 2015

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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