Twin Cities in Motion

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

Travel Information

Welcome to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis & Saint Paul! Use the right sidebar to navigate this page.

There’s more to Minneapolis and Saint Paul than just running. Visit Mall of America. Rent a bike and explore the endless trails and lakes. Dine at some of the nation’s finest restaurants. Tour the famous Walker Art Center. Take in a major league game or see a show and the sights of the city at the legendary Guthrie Theater!

Hotels

Book and manage your Marathon Weekend stay with TCM’s partner hotels in Saint Paul, Minneapolis or Bloomington at the best rates on the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau hotel portal. Click here to see availability and reserve your room today! More hotels will be added to this online portal in the coming weeks.

 

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***Limited bus service will take participants to the starting line and then back to selected hotels, as well as back to the start area after the race. The Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge (formerly Kelly Inn) is within walking distance from the finish area, so buses will transport participants to the start line, but will NOT drop off participants after the race. You must have your official race number visible on the front of your clothing to board the bus.

Things To Do

SAINT PAUL

 

 

Visiting Saint Paul? The capitol city has much to offer - find out details on Saint Paul neighborhoods and attractions from the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Authority. 
Visit Saint Paul Website

The Show Your Bib program is back! Enjoy freebies and discounts for simply showing your race bib!

 

MINNEAPOLIS

 

 

Staying in Minneapolis? Find valuable information about Minneapolis attractions, lodging and neighborhoods from the Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Bureau. 
Meet Minneapolis Website

 

MINNESOTA

 

 

Lodging Elsewhere? There's so much to explore in Minnesota! Find out about things to do and places to see! Explore Minnesota Website

 

Check Out What Others Have to Say About Minneapolis & Saint Paul!

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Minneapolis by: Fodor's

Ultimate Weekend in Minneapolis by: The Wall Street Journal

Minneapolis and St. Paul by: The New York Times

America's Favorite Cities by: Travel + Leisure Magazine

 

Race Weekend Transportation

FLY

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), 4300 Glumack Dr, is served by most major airlines.

Click here to view all flights.

 

Taxi Service

Follow the Ground Transportation/Taxi signs at the airport to the travel concierge for taxi service to any location in the metro. 

 

Light-rail Trains

METRO Blue Line trains serve five stations in downtown Minneapolis: Downtown East, Government Plaza, Nicollet Mall, Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue and Target Field. To board light rail, take the escalator down one level from the tram level and purchase a rail ticket from the machine. Continue down another escalator to the rail platform. Trains leave every 10 minutes during rush hours, less frequently at other times. Travel time to Target Field Station is about 30 minutes.

 

Transferring from Blue Line to Green Line

 

To learn more, visit metrotransit.org.

 

DRIVE

Road trip to the Twin Cities! Minnesota's neighbors include Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. We're an 8 hour drive from Chicago, 3 1/2 hours from Des Moines, 7 hours from Winnepeg, and 4 hours from Sioux Falls.

Race Day Transportation

Public Transportation

Metro Transit, an Official Sponsor of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend, will again provide special transit offers for runners and volunteers! Runners and volunteers can get a FREE ride on the Metro Transit light rail on Saturday and Sunday of race weekend. Runners, show your race bib board. Volunteers will receive separate instructions. Both the Metro Transit Blue Line and Metro Transit Green Line are excellent transportation options to the marathon and 10 mile start lines (exit the train at Downtown East Station). When the race is over, board the Green Line at Capitol/Rice Street Station.

 

For help planning your trip, call a transit expert at 612-373-3333 or use the interactive Trip Planner at visit Metro Transit.

 

The Metro Transit Bus line offers service on route 16 between the finish area at the State Capitol and the start/staging area. Total trip time is approximately 30 minutes and the fare is $1.75.

 

Busses

Pre-Race Busses TCM provides bus transportation for participants only (must show race bib) to the start of both the marathon and 10 mile. They are available from various locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul:

  • InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront (formerly Crowne Plaza), 11 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN, 55101 (5:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.)

  • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge (formerly Kelly Inn), Saint Paul (5:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.)

  • Radisson Blu, 35 South 7th St., Minneapolis, MN, 55402 (5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.)

 

Busses will depart approximately every 10 minutes, or when full, from the above locations ONLY! The last bus leaves Saint Paul at 6:45 a.m. and Minneapolis at 7:00 a.m. sharp.

 

Post-Race Busses Bus service after the race will be provided for PARTICIPANTS ONLY from 9:00am-2:45pm. You must have your official race number visible to board the bus. Runners can board return buses at the finish line. Busses will be located on Cedar Street, just south of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Busses marked Minneapolis will drop off at the Radisson Plaza only. Busses marked St. Paul will drop off at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront only. Be sure to pack warm clothes in your race bag as you may have to wait up to 30 minutes to board a return bus.

 

Driving

Traffic around the start area will be heavy on race morning. If you are driving or being dropped off, please review the Course Closures page in advance and determine an appropriate route. See below for Minneapolis and Saint Paul parking information. Parking is available on the streets and in various lots around the Capitol Grounds in Saint Paul (Saturday and Sunday) and on the streets, surface lots and ramps near the former Mall of America Field in Minneapolis (marathon and 10 mile start lines). 

 

Take a look at MNDOT Statewide News for road closures race weekend.

 

Parking

Be aware that normal parking rules and fees apply and take note of any hooded meters (no parking). Please allow for extra time on race morning as some of the streets surrounding the Start, Finish, and Course may be blocked. We ask that you please be respectful of private property.

 

Start line Parking is available on the streets around the U.S. Bank Stadium. Event parking rates maybe enforced. All parking meters near and around the U.S. Bank Stadium are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hooded meters mean no parking. Please use public parking ramps or the shuttle buses from the Minneapolis and Saint Paul hotels to avoid being ticketed and towed. Be careful where you park! TCM is not responsible for towed or ticketed vehicles. NOTE: Many ramps and lots will be reserved for Vikings tailgating only.

Parking Information for Minneapolis 

 

Finish line Parking is available on the streets and in various lots around the State Capitol grounds in Saint Paul. Be aware that normal parking rules and fees apply and take note of any hooded meters (no parking). Please allow for extra time on race morning as some of the streets around the Capitol may be blocked. SEARS (just west of the Capitol in St. Paul) is offering limited Event Parking near the finish line on a first come first serve basis for $20.