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Getting there & around

The Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP; 612-726-5555; www.mspairport.com) is between the two cities to the south. It’s the home of Northwest Airlines, which operates several direct flights to/from Europe.

The cheapest way to Minneapolis is via the Hiawatha light-rail line ($1.50 to $2, 25 minutes). To reach St Paul, take bus No 54 ($2, 25 minutes).

Greyhound (612-371-3325; www.greyhound.com; 950 Hawthorne Ave) runs frequent buses to Milwaukee ($52 to $65, seven hours), Chicago ($61 to $70, nine hours) and Duluth ($25 to $35, three hours). Megabus (877-462-6342; www.megabus.com/us) runs express to Milwaukee and Chicago, often for lower fares. It departs from both downtown and the university; check the website for exact locations.

National car-rental agencies have offices at the airport and around town.

Metro Transit (612-373-3333; www.metrotransit.org) runs frequent, spic-n-span buses ($1.50 to $2) throughout the area, as well as the excellent Hiawatha light-rail line (same fare) between downtown and the Mall of America. Express bus No 94 connects Minneapolis to St Paul; it departs from the corner of 6th St N and Hennepin Ave A day pass ($6) is available; pick it up with route maps at the downtown Metro Transit Office (719 Marquette Ave S;7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri).

The Amtrak station (651-644-6012; 730 Transfer Rd), off University Ave SE, is between Minneapolis and St Paul. Trains go daily to Chicago ($59 to $105, eight hours) and Seattle ($205 to $270, 37 hours). The ride east to La Crosse, Wisconsin, is beautiful, skirting the Mississippi River and offering multiple eagle sightings.

For cab service, call Yellow Taxi (612-824-4444).