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About Minneapolis

Situated along the bank of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Minneapolis is one of the biggest and most exciting cities to visit in the Midwest. It is home to the Chain of Lakes, where you can swim, fish, boat and even bike or walk along the lakeside trails. It’s no wonder Minneapolis is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities!

Although it's known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis has a lot more to offer than gorgeous lakes, wetlands, and waterfalls. Shopaholics can spend days getting lost in the Mall of America, which boasts over 500 stores and an indoor theme park. If you're visiting Minneapolis on a romantic vacation, Minneapolis' bustling theater district offers excellent date nights from dozens of theater companies. Or, for a less musical and more brews-ical date option, head to one of 62 top-rated breweries in the #2 best city in America for craft beer.

Minneapolis can be visited in any season, but keep in mind that it becomes a frigid, snowy destination in the winter. January hovers around 0° Fahrenheit, but it's worth bundling up to enjoy the St. Paul Winter Carnival, or hockey and ice skating on any of the 13 lakes in the city. Have we mentioned how great the lakes are?

If you're visiting both of the Twin Cities, you can take public transport from downtown Minneapolis to Saint Paul in about 30 minutes. Public transit also connects downtown to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Thanks to bus stations throughout Minneapolis, traveling by bus is the easiest way to arrive directly in the middle of the action and begin your adventure.

Station Information

Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave - MSPGLI-0

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Located in Central Minneapolis at 950 Hawthorne Ave, the Minneapolis Bus Station is a gateway to nearby cities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Greyhound and Jefferson Lines buses operate routes from this station to major cities such as Milwaukee or Chicago and beyond. From the Minneapolis Bus Station, it is a short 12-minute walk to Target Field Station where you can connect to light rail service throughout the city. Vending machines offer snacks or drinks within the station, or head one block south to Hennepin Ave for a variety of restaurant options for hungry travelers.

Popular bus stations in Minneapolis:

  • Minneapolis

  • University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE)

  • Minneapolis-St Paul Airport

  • Tienda La Mexicana (MN)

  • 8000 Ikea Way

What bus companies travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota?

Located in Minnesota, Minneapolis is accessible by bus from 30 other cities. You can choose from 164 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Minneapolis on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Bus companies serving Minneapolis

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Tornado Bus2351d 16h 8m€253.90
FlixBus US13318h 57m€100.24
Jefferson Lines955h 38m€49.34
Greyhound4615h 57m€82.25
Megabus124h 53m€25.49
Badger Bus75h 18m€44.74
  • Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • Badger Bus is a family-owned bus company running routes across Wisconsin and Minnesota. It shares the same fuzzy mascot as the University of Wisconsin, which makes it a popular choice for students traveling between the Madison and Milwaukee campuses. The easily recognizable red, white, and black buses feature free reliable Wi-Fi, comfortable seats with outlets, and clean restroom facilities.

Which bus service has the best service to Minneapolis?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Minneapolis by bus with Badger Bus giving them a 4.7 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Jefferson Lines had the most comfortable bus service to Minneapolis taking into account the seats and amenities that Jefferson Lines offers. They rate Jefferson Lines a 4.4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Minneapolis punctually, travelers suggest that Badger Bus has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Minneapolis, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

€4.61 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Minneapolis, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Minneapolis. In the last month, buses from Green Bay to Minneapolis had the lowest average price at €4.61. The bus from Wausau to Minneapolis also tends to start at relatively low prices.

The busiest bus station in Minneapolis is Minneapolis. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Minneapolis are:

  • Minneapolis
  • University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE)
  • Minneapolis-St Paul Airport
The closest airport to Minneapolis is Minneapolis-St Paul Intl Airport (MSP), it is located 7 miles from the city center of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis is the third most popular destination for bus trips in Minnesota. It also ranks number 123 in United States. Minneapolis has the most bus connections in the region. There are 108 bus schedules arriving in Minneapolis each day.
The population of Minneapolis is 410939. Minneapolis ranks number 1 in terms of population in Minnesota and number 84 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Minneapolis range from €6 for a short trip to Minneapolis, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Minneapolis starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Minneapolis can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as €5.
People who take the bus to Minneapolis are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Minneapolis easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of Minneapolis is Minneapolis, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Minneapolis as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Minneapolis. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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