While you’re on the road, stop
for maps and a wide variety of other
information at one of our Travel
Information Centers. See the map
on page 2 for the locations of
these information centers.
MINNESOTA BY TRAIN
The Empire Builder Amtrak route crosses the state
between the southeast and northwest borders, with stops
in Winona, Red Wing, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Cloud,
Staples, Detroit Lakes and Fargo-Moorhead. This route
runs between Chicago and Seattle or Portland.
TRAVELING BY BUS
Megabus.com provides express bus service to
Minneapolis from several Midwest cities. The Greyhound
and Jefferson inter-city bus lines provide service to many
Minnesota cities. The Metro Transit system operates a full
schedule of buses throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul
area, plus the Hiawatha light-rail line linking downtown
Minneapolis to the airport and Mall of America. For
schedule and route information, call 612-373-3333 or see
www.metrotransit.org. Other Minnesota cities with bus
service include Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester.
Minnesota is in the Central Time Zone, one hour
behind the east coast, two hours ahead of the west coast.
What to pack?
Minnesota weather can be quite changeable, so it’s
important to bring layers of clothes for varying temperatures.
Check weather forecasts before your departure. In the summer,
bring lightweight clothing with a light jacket or sweater for
the evening, and a rain jacket just in case. Spring and fall, bring
layers that can be added, depending on the temperature, and
a lightweight coat or jacket. For winter trips, pack warm
clothes, including sweaters, fleece or a blazer. You’ll need a
heavy coat, boots, a warm hat, and lined gloves or mittens.
Twin Cities Average Temperatures High/Low (°F)
Since the state is 400 miles long, there is a range of
temperatures from south to north, with slightly warmer
temperatures south of the Twin Cities, and cooler temperatures
in the northern parts of the state.