Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport [MSP] — Ultimate Terminal Guide

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport

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Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is the seventeenth busiest airport in the U.S., having transported over 38 million passengers in 2018.

MSP is the main international airport for the twin cities of Minnesota — Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

The airport is a hub for Delta Air Lines, accounting for approximately 65% of MSP’s annual passenger traffic and also for Minnesota’s hometown carrier Sun Country Airlines.

Quick Information

Airport: Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Terminals: 2 terminals (1 and 2) with 8 concourses (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H)
Airport Address:

  • Terminal 1: 4300 Glumack Dr., St. Paul, MN 55111
  • Terminal 2: 7150 Humphrey Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55450

Distance from downtown: Approximately 10 miles (16 km) south from downtown Minneapolis and southwest from downtown Saint Paul
Website: mspairport.com
Phone Number: 612-726-5555
Destinations Served: 136 domestic and 27 international
Number of Daily Flights: 1,115
Flight Information: Departures and arrival information can be viewed here.

MSP Flight Data

MSP Terminal Map

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport
Map of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Airlines Operating From MSP

Terminal 1

Terminal 2

MSP Airport Terminals

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) consists of 2 terminals — Terminal 1 Lindbergh, named after the aviator Charles Lindbergh, and Terminal 2 Humphrey, named after the former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

Terminals 1 and 2 are located around 3 miles apart from each other by road and are not connected via any walkways. To travel between terminals, passengers must ride the light rail transit service that stops at both terminals on the METRO Blue Line.

The journey between the terminals is free, but passengers also have the option to ride the Blue Line north or south for onward travel at cost.

Terminal 1 is the larger of the 2 terminals with the majority of flight operations and airport facilities. Some ground transportation services only depart from Terminal 1 (see the section below “Travel To and From MSP” for more details).

Terminal 1 (Lindbergh)

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Terminal 1
Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Terminal 1 has 7 concourses — A, B, C, D, E, F, and G from where all flights depart from. The terminal is located at the northwest end of the airport with the concourses surrounding the road system and parking garages.

Concourses A and B are situated at the southeast end, Concourse C extends the length of 1 side, Concourses D, E, and F are along the top of the north end, and Concourse G extends halfway down the other side.

Check-in is at the north end of the terminal, either on level 2 for most airlines or level T for Delta. Level T also has an underground tram that transports passengers to the skyway security checkpoint.

Passengers departing from the concourses at the top end can pass through 2 security checkpoints at the north and south points of the main terminal area.

Concourse A

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Concourse A
Concourse A at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Concourse A is at the southeast end of the Terminal 1 area and has 13 gates numbered A2-A14. Moving walkways extend almost the full length of the concourse, and apart from departure gates and toilets, there isn’t much else!

Passengers can utilize the shops and restaurants located in Concourse C and then travel to Concourse A via the moving walkways or by riding the underground tram that departs from opposite gate C27 on level T.

Concourse B

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Concourse B
Concourse B at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Concourse B is a satellite concourse located at the south end of the Terminal 1 area. Concourse B has 16 gates numbered B1-B16 and is accessible by walking along the underground walkway from Concourse C. Access to the walkway is near gate C27 on level T.

As with Concourse A, there are no facilities in the satellite concourse so passengers can make use of the shops and restaurants in Concourse C before walking to Concourse B.

Concourse C

Concourse C at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
Concourse C at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Concourse C is the longest concourse stretching from the north to south ends of the Terminal 1 area. Concourse C has 26 gates numbered C1-C17 and C19-C27.

Concourse C has lots of shops and restaurants and a Delta Sky Club. Although there are moving walkways along almost all of Concourse C, there is also an underground tram that runs the full length, with stations at both ends and in the middle.

Concourse D

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Concourse D
Concourse D at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Concourse D is a small concourse consisting of just 6 gates numbered D1-D6. Concourse D is located in the northeast corner of the Terminal 1 area just after the north security checkpoint.

There are a few shops and restaurants at the entrance of the concourse, including Duty Free.

Concourse E

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Concourse E
Concourse E at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Concourse E is located at the north end of the Terminal 1 area and consists of 16 gates numbered E1-E16.

The north security checkpoint is directly opposite Concourse E, and the MSP Mall is located just outside, in between Concourses E and F. Concourse E itself has several shops and restaurants and a United Club. On the mezzanine level just outside of the concourse is the Escape Lounge.

Concourse F

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Concourse F
Concourse F at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Concourse F is also positioned at the north end of the Terminal 1 area opposite the south security checkpoint. The concourse has 16 gates numbered F1-F16 and a Delta Sky Club located at the entrance of the concourse.

There are many shops and restaurants located inside the concourse with more situated just outside the entrance.

Concourse G

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Concourse G
Concourse G at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Concourse G is on the opposite side of the terminal to Concourses A, B, and C. It runs down half the length of the terminal area and has 20 gates numbered G1-G3, Gh, G6A, G6B, G7, G9-G15, and G17-G22.

Moving walkways run the full length of the departure gates, and passengers can pass through the south security checkpoint or the checkpoint near the transit center, depending on their departure gate.

Terminal 1 Arrivals

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Terminal 1 Arrivals
Terminal 1 Arrivals at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Arrivals is located on level 1 of Terminal 1 where baggage claim is located and access to ground transportation.

Terminal 2 (Humphrey)

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Terminal 2
Terminal 2 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Terminal 2 is about 3 miles from Terminal 1 and is connected by roadway or light rail only — it’s not possible for passengers to walk between the 2 terminals.

The light rail station is located in the parking building with a walkway connecting to the terminal.

Terminal 2 has 2 security checkpoints that lead through to Concourse H, where there are 14 gates numbered H1-H14.

Level 1 — Ticketing/Baggage Claim

Terminal 2 Ticketing and baggage at Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Terminal 2
Terminal 2 ticketing and baggage at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

Ticketing and baggage claim is located on level 1, along with car rental services and access to ground transportation.

Inter-Terminal Transport

Traveling Outside of the Secure Area

MSP has multiple train/tram systems for transporting passengers around the airport.

Light Rail Transit (LRT)

The LRT connects Terminals 1 and 2 and operates outside of the secure area from below the transit center in Terminal 1 to the transit center attached to the terminal parking building at Terminal 2.

The LRT journey between the 2 terminals is free of charge, however, the line continues from both terminals outside of the airport area, which is subject to a fee.

Tram

In Terminal 1, passengers looking to avoid the long walk in Concourse C can choose to ride the tram that runs the full length of the concourse. The tram can also be used to travel to Concourses A and B with stations located near gates C1, C12, and C27.

Another tram also runs from the main terminal building on level T to the transit center to ride the LRT for terminal connections.

This tram can also be used to travel to the security checkpoint located at the southern end of Terminal 1, for access to the higher numbered gates of Concourses C and G and Concourses A and B.

Traveling Inside the Secure Area

Walking

Once you clear 1 of the 3 security checkpoints, you can walk freely between any of the concourses in Terminal 1. The secure area is a large loop around the parking facilities in the center, with 1 side longer than the other for Concourses A, B, and C.

Concourses A, C, and G have moving walkways, while Concourses B, D, E, and F do not (but these are the shorter concourses). It’s not possible to walk between Terminals 1 and 2 — passengers must ride the LRT.

Security and Customs at MSP

MSP has 7 security checkpoints across its 2 terminals:

  • Terminal 1: 
    • North checkpoint: Opens by 4 a.m. Closing time undisclosed.
    • South checkpoint: Opens by 4 a.m. Closing time undisclosed.
    • Skyway checkpoint: Monday – Friday 5:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (valid for passengers with carry-on baggage only).
    • Hotel checkpoint: 5:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    • Concourse G checkpoint: Operating times undisclosed.
  • Terminal 2:
    • Security checkpoint 1: 3:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Security checkpoint 2: Open only during peak travel periods.

Security wait times are available to view on the airport’s security page.

Most international flights arrive and depart from Terminal 1; passengers are required to clear Customs and Immigration on arrival.

TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck is available at the south security checkpoint of Terminal 1 and the Terminal 2 security checkpoint 1. Opening hours are 4 a.m. – 9 p.m.

MSP has a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center located in Concourse C of Terminal 1, near gate C21. Passengers can apply online and arrange to attend an interview at the airport. The Enrollment Center is open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Global Entry

Global Entry is available at both terminals for pre-approved passengers arriving back into the United States. MSP also has an Enrollment Center located in Terminal 1 on the baggage claim level for eligible passengers that need to finalize their application with an interview. The office is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The airport also participates in Enrollment on Arrival, and passengers can visit lane 13 in Terminal 1 or lane 1 in Terminal 2 for their interview.

Hot Tip: Want to find out more about Global Entry? Take a look at our most frequently asked questions about Global Entry along with our expert answers. 

Mobile Passport

MSP accepts Mobile Passport Control for passengers entering the U.S. from an international flight.

To utilize this service, complete the “new trip” section within the app on arrival at MSP and present your electronic receipt and passport to a CBP agent.

CLEAR

There are dedicated CLEAR Security Program lanes at the following security checkpoints:

  • Terminal 1 north checkpoint: 4 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Terminal 1 south checkpoint: 4 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Concourse F checkpoint: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Delta Sky Club members)

CLEAR enrollment is also available at the Hertz Fast Lane powered by CLEAR:

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

MSP Airport Lounges

MSP has 5 lounges with 2 available to purchase day passes. The 2 Delta Sky Clubs are exclusively for premium cabin passengers or eligible frequent flyer members and the Armed Forces Service Center is for active-duty military personnel.

LoungeLocationOpening Hours*Day Pass Fee Per Person**
Armed Forces Service CenterTerminal 1, mezzanine above ticketing (outside of security)Daily: 24-hoursN/A
Delta Sky ClubTerminal 1, Concourse C, near gate C12Daily: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.N/A
Terminal 1, Concourse F, near the entranceDaily: 4:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.N/A
PGA MSPTerminal 1, Concourse E, mezzanine levelMon. – Fri.: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat.-Sun.: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$10
United ClubTerminal 1, Concourse E, mezzanine level between gates E6 and E8Daily: 4:30 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.$59

*Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
**Day Pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.

Hot Tip: Read about the best credit cards for lounge access to avoid paying entry fees to airport lounges.

Priority Pass Access

Eligible Priority Pass holders can use their membership to receive a discount at:

  • PGA MSP Lounge: Open Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., located in Terminal 1 Concourse E

If you’re interested in becoming a member, find out more about Priority Pass memberships as well as the best credit cards for Priority Pass access.

Airport Dining and Drinks at MSP

MSP has over 50 restaurants, cafes, and grab-and-go food options. Almost all of these eateries are located within the secure area so passengers will need to check-in and clear security to grab a bite to eat before a flight.

Some concourses don’t have any/many restaurants, so passengers can check out where to eat on the airport website.

MSP Airport Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout MSP in all public areas once passengers have entered the secure area.

To connect, select “MSP Free Wi-Fi” or “Boingo Hotspot” and you will receive 2 hours of complimentary browsing. Once the timer has expired, passengers can re-connect for another 2-hour session with no limit to the number of sessions available.

Charging Stations: Mobile charging stations are located throughout Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Hot Tip: To ensure you are connected inside and outside of the secure area at MSP, check out the best mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.

MSP Airport Lost and Found

MSP’s lost and found office is located on the ticketing level of Terminal 1 near the counter for Frontier Airlines. Passengers that have lost an item can submit a claim or visit the office during these opening hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you have lost an item at a security checkpoint you can contact TSA at 612-486-6176 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

If an item is lost on an airplane then contact MSP’s general information at 612-726-5555 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.,) and they will inform you of the lost and found contact details for the applicable airline.

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

MSP has several information services that passengers can contact for assistance. A passenger assistance desk is located in Terminal 1 on level T and is staffed daily from 6 a.m. – midnight.

Information booths are also located throughout Terminal 1 and are staffed daily by volunteers providing general information and assistance for the elderly or disabled as well as translation and sign language services. These services are provided by a non-profit organization called Airport Foundation MSP and they have a central office at the entrance of Concourse D in Terminal 1.

In addition to these services, the airport also offers phone assistance by calling 612-726-5555 for general information and paging.

Children’s Play Areas

MSP has 3 children’s play areas featuring airplane play structures and an air traffic control tower with slides. Play areas are located at:

  • Terminal 1: Concourse C, near gate C12 and in the baggage claim area
  • Terminal 2: Near gate H6

Baby Facilities

MSP has private and semi-private nursing rooms located at:

  • Terminal 1:
    • Near gate F2
    • On the mezzanine level above Concourse E
    • At the entrance of Concourse E
    • On the C/G connector bridge
    • Near gate C13
  • Terminal 2:
    • Between gates H10 and H11
    • Near gate H10

Traveling with a Pet

MSP ranks as one of the top pet-friendly U.S. airports, so MSP is a great place to fly from with your furry friend.

Pet relief areas can be found at the following locations:

  • Terminal 1:
    • Outside door 1 on the baggage claim level (outside the secure area)
    • Near the entrance to Concourse E in the airport mall (inside the secure area)
    • On the C/G connector bridge (inside the secure area)
  • Terminal 2
    • Outside and to the right of door 8 near baggage claim (outside the secure area)
    • Near gate H11 (inside the secure area)

Duty Free

MSP has 3 duty free shops with 2 in Terminal 1 and 1 in Terminal 1. These are located at:

  • Terminal 1 just after the south security checkpoint and in the MSP Mall outside of Concourse D
  • Terminal 2 opposite gate H5

Smoking Areas

Designated smoking areas are located outside of Terminals 1 and 2 curbside.

Prayer

MSP does not have an interfaith chapel, however, it does have 2 quiet seating areas suitable for meditation and prayer. These are located in Terminal 1 inside the secure area on the mezzanine level.

Money

ATMs can be found throughout Terminals 1 and 2 on the ticketing level, baggage claim, and in the individual concourses (apart from B and D).

Luggage Storage

Small lockers are available in the secure area of Terminal 1 near gates C2 and C13 and at the entrance to Concourse F. Lockers are accessible with fingerprint technology and cost $4 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour up to $12 per day.

Important MSP Phone Numbers

General Inquiries: 612-726-5555

Parking: 612-725-4681

Travel To and From MSP

Transport Options

Train

The Blue Line of the LRT runs from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America, stopping at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of MSP. Passengers can connect from the Blue Line to the Green Line services to Saint Paul, or the Red Line for services to Apple Valley.

Trains depart every 10 minutes during peak times and every 10-15 minutes off-peak with the journey to downtown Minneapolis taking around 25 minutes.

Buses

Metro Transit: Bus 54 is a city service bus that departs from Terminal 1 of the airport to Saint Paul, where passengers can pick-up connecting services to downtown Minneapolis. City buses arrive and depart from Terminal 1 only, so passengers will need to ride the free LRT from Terminal 2.

Jefferson Lines Bus: Scheduled buses to Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin depart from the Terminal 1 transit area. Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the GO Rochester Direct desk or by booking online.

Shuttle

Scheduled services: Buses, vans, and limousines are available to pre-book or arrange on arrival into MSP (bookings are recommended for out of town services). Ticket desks are available in the ground transportation center or for pre-bookings; MSP suggests these companies.

Shared-ride: SuperShuttle provides shared ride services that are available to pre-book or book on arrival at the ground transportation area. Bookings can be made by calling 800-258-3826 or visiting supershuttle.com.

Taxi

Taxis are available from Terminal 1 on level T and Terminal 2 at the ground transportation area. Fares to downtown Minneapolis are $39-$49 and $31-$38 to Saint Paul.

Ride Services

Uber and Lyft drivers are permitted to operate from MSP using the standard vehicle drop-off area for departing passengers. Pick-up is permitted in designated areas:

  • Terminal 1 on level 2 of the green parking ramp where the area is designated with signs for “app-based ride services.”
  • Terminal 2 on the ground level of the purple parking ramp in the ground transportation area.

Directions by Car to MSP

Arriving From Downtown Minneapolis

Take MN-65 South and use the middle 2 lanes to turn slightly left onto the slip road to I-35 West south. Use the right 3 lanes to merge onto MN-62 East and then use the right 2 lanes to merge onto MN-5 West towards the airport.

Arriving From Downtown Saint Paul

Take I-35 East south until exit 103B and use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto MN-5 West/7th Street West/Fort Road. Keep left at the fork to continue on MN-5 West until you reach the airport.

Arriving From Burnsville

Take I-35 West north and take exit 9A to merge onto I-494 East/MN-5 East. Keep right at the fork to continue on MN-5 East and use the left 2 lanes to take the exit towards the terminals.

MSP Airport Parking Information

Official Airport Parking

Hourly Parking — Terminal 1 and Terminal 2

The hourly parking garages at MSP are suitable for stays of under 4 hours. Terminal 1 (gold ramp level 3) and Terminal 2 (purple parking ramp) both have hourly parking garages outside of the terminal.

  • First hour: $5
  • Each additional hour: $3
  • Daily maximum charge: $26 for Terminal 1 and $36 for Terminal 2

Daily Parking — Terminal 1

Parking suitable for over 4 hours is located at Terminal 1 in the green, gold, blue, red, pink, and brown ramps. All parking ramps are connected to Terminal 1 with walkways and allow vehicle clearance of 7 feet.

  • First hour: $5
  • Each additional hour: $3
  • Daily maximum charge: $26

Quick Ride Ramp — Terminal 1

The quick ride ramp is located 1 mile from Terminal 1 and offers cheap and convenient parking. A free 24/7 shuttle bus picks passengers up from their car and transports them to the terminal in just 5 minutes.

The parking garage is located just off Highway 5 at the Post Road exit at 5315 Northwest Dr., St. Paul, MN 55111. The quick ride ramp has a vehicle clearance of 9 feet 10 inches and is the only ramp with motorcycle parking.

  • First hour: $3
  • Daily maximum charge: $15

Value Parking — Terminal 2

Value parking is available in the orange and purple ramps of Terminal 2 and has a vehicle clearance of 6 feet 10 inches. Passengers departing from Terminal 1 can still utilize this parking garage by riding the LRT between the terminals for free.

  • First hour: $5
  • Each additional hour: $3
  • Daily maximum charge: $19

Valet Parking

If you’re in a rush, you can use the valet service available at Terminal 1. The service is accessible by driving past the hourly and daily parking exits and follow the signs for “Valet Parking.”

  • First hour: $10
  • Each additional hour: $3
  • Daily maximum charge: $45

Pick-Up or Drop-Off Parking

Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport Cell Phone Waiting Lot
Cell phone waiting lot at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Image Credit: MSP Airport

The cell phone waiting lot is located between Terminals 1 and 2 on Post Road and offers free parking to friends and family waiting to pick up a passenger from MSP. Once a passenger is ready for pick up, then the vehicle can drive to the terminal curbside for collection.

Off-Site and Hotel Parking

Off-site parking lots can offer more affordable options than on-property airport parking. These are often located a little further away but with free shuttle buses transporting passengers to and from the airport.

Off-site daily parking starts at $8.99 and can be booked at airportparkingreservations.com where you can compare fees and distance from the airport.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Parking for disabled passengers is available in all parking ramps at MSP.

Parking Contact Number

General parking inquiries: 612-725-4681

Car Rental at MSP Airport

MSP has car rental companies in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 as well as some rental companies based off-airport property. At Terminal 1, rental car counters can be found between the blue and red parking ramps on the second and third levels. At Terminal 2, these are located in the ground transportation center of the purple parking ramp.

Rental Companies On-Airport Property

Rental Companies Off-Airport Property

Passengers can access these rental companies by taking the shuttle bus from the Terminal 1 transit center.

  • Payless: 800-729-5377
  • Sixt: 952-345-4017

Hot Tip: Avoid paying for expensive insurance through the rental company by reading about the credit cards that include car rental insurance as a benefit. 

MSP Airport Hotels

Intercontinental Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport
Image Credit: Intercontinental Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

MSP has 1 hotel located on airport property — the Intercontinental Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The majority of other airport hotels are located 1.6-3 miles away from the terminal buildings.

Other hotels range from 2- to 4-stars, with 5-star hotels only available in downtown Minneapolis. These are the most popular hotels close to MSP, ordered by distance from the airport.

MSP Airport Hotels — Sorted by Distance

HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)
InterContinental Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport5005 Glumack Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55450

612-725-0500

30.4
Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport3800 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-2100

31.6
Hyatt Place Minneapolis Airport South7800 International Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-0700

31.7
Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Airport7901 34th Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-1000

31.7
Spring Hill Suites Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport/Mall Of America2870 Metro Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-0300

31.8
Crowne Plaza Suites: MSP Airport — Mall of America3 Appletree Sq., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-9000

41.9
Hampton Inn Suites Minneapolis St. Paul Airport — Mall of America2860 Metro Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-7600

21.9
Hyatt Regency Bloomington3200 E. 81st St., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-922-1234

42.1
Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis Bloomington/Mall of America2401 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-858-8475

32.2
Minneapolis Airport Marriott2020 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-858-7441

32.2
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America2500 Lindau Ln., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-540-4000

32.2
AC Hotel by Marriott Bloomington Mall of America8100 26th Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-0123

32.2
JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America2141 Lindau Ln., Bloomington, MN 55425

612-615-0100

42.4
Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington1700 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425

844-561-9653

42.5
Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington Mall of America7800 Bloomington Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-876-0100

32.6
Radisson Blu Mall of America2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-881-5258

42.6
Homewood Suites Minneapolis — Mall of America2261 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-0900

32.6
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Airport Mall of America1601 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-1687

32.6
Residence Inn by Marriott Bloomington by Mall of America7850 Bloomington Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-876-0900

32.6
Comfort Inn MSP Airport — Mall of America1321 E. 78th St., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-3400

32.6
Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport1352 Northland Dr., Mendota Heights, MN 55120

651-452-2000

32.7
Best Western Plus Bloomington Hotel1901 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-854-8200

32.8
Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport1330 Northland Dr., Mendota Heights, MN 55120

651-454-1978

32.8
Holiday Inn Minneapolis Airport SE — Eagan2700 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, MN 55121

651-454-3434

32.8
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bloomington/Minneapolis801 E. 78th St., Bloomington, MN 55420

952-314-5289

22.9
Quality Inn & Suites Mall of America — MSP Aiport814 E. American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55420

952-854-5558

32.9
Super 8 by Wyndham Bloomington/Airport7800 2nd Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420

952-466-6927

23.5
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Minneapolis Airport Bloomington7815 Nicollet Ave., Bloomington, MN 55420

952-881-7311

23.6

Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)Loyalty ProgramPoint Redemption Cost
InterContinental Minneapolis — St. Paul Airport5005 Glumack Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55450

612-725-0500

30.4IHG35,000 IHG points
Hyatt Regency Bloomington3200 E. 81st St., Bloomington, MN 55425

952-922-1234

42.1World of Hyatt 8,000 Hyatt points
JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America2141 Lindau Ln., Bloomington, MN 55425

612-615-0100

42.4Marriott Bonvoy30,000-40,000 Marriott points

You might be thinking that the Intercontinental brand has no place as an airport hotel, but you’d be wrong! Not only is the Intercontinental MSP the only hotel connected to MSP Airport, but it also features a luxury spa, thermal pool, and 3 outstanding restaurants that meet what one would expect from the Intercontinental brand. Better yet, the hotel can be booked for just 35,000 IHG points per night or a free night certificate.

The Hyatt Regency Bloomington is not only close to the airport, but also the Mall of America for those looking to be close to the largest mall in the U.S. Guests have access to complimentary shuttle service to the Mall of America and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, along with an on-site restaurant, pool, and fitness center. The hotel is an absolute steal at just 8,000 Hyatt points per night. 

The JW Marriott is perfect for those looking to be close to both the airport and the Mall of America, because the JW Marriott is actually attached to the Mall of America. Guests have the convenience of being in the heart of the action while enjoying the luxury of the JW brand. With the new Marriott peak/off-peak pricing, the points needed will largely depend on the time of year that you visit with off-peak dates at 30,000, standard dates at 35,000, and peak dates costing 40,000 points per night.

Hot Tip: If you’re looking to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn more HyattMarriott, or Hilton points.

Final Thoughts

MSP’s 2 terminals are quite far apart from each other, so it’s important for passengers to be aware of what terminal their airline operates from for correct drop-off and parking. That said, MSP does have transportation between the 2 terminals with the frequent light rail service.

Connecting passengers account for 40% of MSP’s passenger traffic, so passengers must ensure they leave adequate time to connect between Terminals 1 and 2 and re-clear security, as there is no way to connect inside the secure area.

As with many U.S. airports, MSP is undergoing regular modernization and expansion projects to accommodate growth and to enhance the passenger experience. These include additional departure gates, new shops and restaurants, improved roadways, and a new parking ramp.


Frequently asked questions

Is MSP Airport big?

MSP Airport covers 2,930 acres and consists of 2 terminals and 4 runways. Terminals 1 and 2 are 3 miles apart from each other, connected by the Light Rail Transit (LRT).

Where does MSP fly direct to?

MSP operates flights to 136 domestic destinations including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and New York, and 27 international destinations including The Netherlands, U.K., France, and China.

What airport does Delta fly out of in Minneapolis?

Delta Air Lines operates out of Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. MSP is the third largest hub for Delta and accounts for approximately 65% of the airport’s annual passenger numbers.

Where does Southwest fly out of MSP?

Southwest operates out of Terminal 2 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Departures are usually from Concourse H but as with any airport, this is subject to change on the day. Passengers can contact Southwest at 800-435-9792.

What time does TSA open at MSP Terminal 2?

Terminal 2 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport has 2 security checkpoints. Checkpoint 1 is open between 3:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. and checkpoint 2 is usually only open during peak travel periods.

What airlines fly out of Terminal 2 in Minneapolis?

The following airlines operate out of Terminal 2 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport:

  • Condor
  • Icelandair
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest
  • Sun Country Airlines

What airport does Spirit fly out of in Minneapolis?

Spirit Airlines operates out of Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Flights depart from Concourse E but as with any airport, this is subject to change. Passenger can contact Spirit Airlines at 801-401-2222.

How far is Minneapolis airport from downtown Minneapolis?

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is approximately 10 miles south from Minneapolis and 10 miles southwest from Saint Paul. Train and bus services are available from the airport to reach these cities.

Can you walk from MSP to the Mall of America?

The Mall of America is around 4 miles from MSP so it would take approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to walk from MSP. It’s much quicker and easier to ride the LRT 4 or 5 stops from Terminals 1 or 2 to the Mall of America station, costing $2-$2.50 depending on the time of the day.

How much is a taxi from the Minneapolis airport to downtown?

Taxis are available from Terminal 1 on level T and Terminal 2 at the ground transportation area. Fares to downtown Minneapolis are approximately $39-$49.

Where does Uber pick up at MSP Airport?

Uber and Lyft are permitted to operate from MSP using the standard vehicle drop-off area for departing passengers. Pick-up is permitted in designated areas:

  • Terminal 1 on level 2 of the green parking ramp where the area is designated with signs for “app-based ride services.”
  • Terminal 2 on the ground level of the purple parking ramp in the ground transportation area.

How much is parking at the Minneapolis airport?

MSP offers a variety of parking options to suit short-term or long-term parking needs. Hourly pricing is available from $3-$5 per hour and daily parking is from $15-$36.

Is there long term parking at Terminal 2 MSP?

The Quick Ride Ramp is a suitable option for long-term parking at Terminal 1 with a daily rate of $15. Value Parking is available at Terminal 2 in the orange and purple parking ramps with a daily rate of $19.

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