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City Information

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

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:

  • Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave

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

  • Mall of America - 60 E Broadway

  • 318 3rd Avenue North

  • Tienda La Mexicana (MN)

  • 8000 Ikea Way

What bus companies travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota?

Located in Minnesota, Minneapolis is accessible by bus from 273 other cities. You can choose from 735 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
Jefferson Lines12811h 19m$89.27
Greyhound1091d 9h 9m$182.08
Tornado Bus351d 2h 47m$180.19
El Expreso Bus1113h 3m$121.61
FlixBus US76h 0m$32.64
Badger Bus42h 42m$33.33
  • Greyhound


    Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a bus ticket to Minneapolis?

$4.99 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 Hudson to Minneapolis had the lowest average price at $5.37.

Where is the bus station in Minneapolis, MN?

The busiest bus station in Minneapolis is Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Minneapolis are:

  • Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave
  • University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE)
  • Mall of America - 60 E Broadway

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 Megabus giving them a 4.1 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 4.3 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 Jefferson Lines has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Minneapolis, rating them a 4.4 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to Minneapolis, MN?

The closest airport to Minneapolis is Minneapolis-St Paul Intl Airport (MSP), it is located 7 miles from the city center of Minneapolis.

Is Minneapolis a popular bus travel destination?

Minneapolis ranks number 29 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 491 in United States. Minneapolis has the most bus connections in the region. There are 148 bus schedules arriving in Minneapolis each day.

What is the population of Minneapolis?

The population of Minneapolis is 410939. Minneapolis ranks number 5 in terms of population in Minnesota and number 165 in all of United States.

How much do bus tickets to Minneapolis cost?

Bus tickets to Minneapolis range from $5 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 .

What type of traveler does Minneapolis attract?

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.

What bus station is located closest to the city center of Minneapolis?

The closest bus station to the city center of Minneapolis is 318 3rd Avenue North, located just 0.6 miles away. Select 318 3rd Avenue North 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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