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About Saint Paul

Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota, and is one of the Twin Cities, along with its neighbor across the Mississippi River, Minneapolis. As the seat of Minnesota's government, Saint Paul offers historic and cultural attractions which represent both the state and the American Midwest as a whole.

For a comprehensive introduction to the region's history, start your trip at the Minnesota History Center, just down the street from the grounds of the State Capitol building. There are museums in Saint Paul for all types of interests, including the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Schubert Club Musical Instrument Museum. For an extra dash of Saint Paul history, take a stroll down Summit Avenue, a stylish street of drool-worthy Victorian houses and mansions, including the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you're brave enough to visit Saint Paul during the freezing winters, you'll be rewarded with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a yearly event where you can explore ice palaces, watch live ice sculpting, and compete in city-wide scavenger hunts. Saint Paul is also one of the country's best cities for craft beer, so save time to taste some local ales or even brew your own beer at Vine Park Brewing Co.

Saint Paul is a hub for travel in the Midwest thanks in part to Amtrak's Empire Builder train service which stops at Saint Paul Union Depot. Bus service from stations throughout town and nearby Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport make it easy to travel to and from this saintly city.

Station Information

Union Depot - STPAMT2-0

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Located right on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, Union Depot has a remarkable history dating back to 1881. It remains the major transport hub of Saint Paul, as well as the designated station for Amtrak service in the Twin Cities. Besides the long-haul Empire Builder train, the station serves Jefferson Lines and Greyhound intercity buses and connects to local public transit. Within the Union Depot complex, you’ll find a coffee shop, restaurant, bike shop, rental car agency, and can even join a public tour to admire the architecture and learn about the station’s storied past.

Popular train stations in Saint Paul:

  • Union Depot

  • Minn-St Paul Airport - 4300 Glumack Dr

What train companies travel to Saint Paul, Minnesota?

Located in Minnesota, Saint Paul is accessible by train from 421 other cities. You can choose from 1066 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Saint Paul on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Saint Paul are also available.

Train companies serving Saint Paul

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak4151d 7h 50m$231.00
Amtrak Empire Builder4014h 19m$126.43
  • Amtrak


    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Which train carrier has the best service to Saint Paul?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Saint Paul by train with Amtrak giving them a 4.4 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak had the most comfortable train service to Saint Paul taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak offers. They rate Amtrak a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Saint Paul punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Saint Paul, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Saint Paul?

$10.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Saint Paul, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Saint Paul. In the last month, trains from Red Wing to Saint Paul had the lowest average price at $10.00.

Where is the train station in Saint Paul, MN?

The busiest train station in Saint Paul is Union Depot. As Saint Paul's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Minn-St Paul Airport - 4300 Glumack Dr.

Is Saint Paul a popular train travel destination?

Saint Paul is the most popular train destination in Minnesota. It also ranks number 210 in United States. Saint Paul has the most train connections in the region. There are 83 train schedules arriving in Saint Paul each day.

What is the population of Saint Paul?

The population of Saint Paul is 285068. Saint Paul ranks number 1 in terms of population in Minnesota and number 136 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Saint Paul cost?

Train tickets to Saint Paul range from $10 for a short trip to Saint Paul, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Saint Paul starts at , and a longer trip by train to Saint Paul 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 $16 .

What type of traveler does Saint Paul attract?

People who take the train to Saint Paul are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Saint Paul easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Saint Paul?

The closest train station to the city center of Saint Paul is Union Depot, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Union Depot as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Saint Paul. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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