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Getting around Minneapolis-St Paul

Public transport

Metro Transit (MTC) (tel: +1 612 373 3333; www.metrotransit.org) operates over 100 bus routes, two light rail lines and one bus rapid transit line throughout the Twin Cities.

Go-To Cards are reloadable smartcards. You can buy a Stored Value Card, a weekly or monthly pass, or a Stored Ride Pass, which includes a set number of journeys. Passes are available online, at stations or from Metro Transit Service Centers, located at 719 Marquette in Downtown Minneapolis and the Downtown St Paul Skyway. You can also buy them at local retailers; check the website for an up-to-date list.

On buses, you can also pay by cash (exact change only).

The Metro Blue Line connects downtown Minneapolis with the Mall of America via the airport. The Metro Green Line connects downtown Minneapolis with downtown St Paul (stopping at Union Depot railway station).

Skyways
Both Minneapolis and St Paul are famous for their skyways, a unique system of enclosed city centre, second-storey walkways, which connect banks, department stores, office buildings and hotels, enabling people to avoid the inclement weather. The skyways are open Monday-Friday 0630-2200, Saturday 0930-2000 and Sunday 1200-1800, although hours may vary.

Taxis

There are designated taxi ranks at the airport, the Mall of America and in Downtown Minneapolis and St Paul. For all other locations, you must book a taxi in advance. There are surcharges for extra passengers or airport runs.

Taxi companies include Rainbow Taxi (tel: +1 612 332 1615) and Blue & White Taxi (tel: +1 612 333 3333). Tips are around 15% of the total fare.

Driving

Minneapolis and St Paul are laid out like a grid. With a good map, both cities are fairly easy to navigate. Traffic is heavy during morning and evening rush hours.

Winter presents the biggest challenge to drivers. During heavy snowfalls, parking is banned on many main streets, or only allowed on even- or odd-numbered sides of residential streets, to enable snow ploughing.

Metered parking, which is often free at the weekend, is available on downtown streets. Parking time is often limited to two hours. There are also parking ramps (garages) and lots, which are more expensive.

Car hire

To hire a car, drivers must be 25 years old and hold a major credit card and valid national driving licence. 

Car hire companies include Avis (tel: +1 612 726 5220; www.avis.com), Budget (tel: +1 612 726 5237; www.budget.com), Dollar (tel: +1 612 725 0322: www.dollar.com) and Hertz (tel: +1 651 698 9585).

Bicycle hire

The Twin Cities have extensive bike paths, including dedicated commuter lanes along some of the main thoroughfares, plus about 80km (50 miles) of paved, interconnected paths, called the Grand Rounds, which run through parks and recreational areas.

In Minneapolis, you can hire bikes at Calhoun Cycle, 3342 Hennepin Avenue South (tel: +1 612 827 8000; www.calhouncycle.com) or The Alt, 3013 Lyndale Avenue South (tel: +1 612 374 3635; www.altbikeboard.com).

The cities also have a bikeshare scheme called Nice Ride (tel: +1 877 551 6423; www.niceridemn.org). One-day passes are available, which give you unlimited 30-minute rides with 24 hours.

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For those who cannot decide between Minneapolis and St Paul, the Radisson Hotel Roseville is a good compromise. It borders both and there is free shuttle service within a five mile radius. Cosy guest rooms, decorated in earthy tones, include adjustable Sleep Number® beds and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The hotel features a large indoor recreation area with an oversized indoor pool, whirlpool, kiddie pool, sauna, game room, fitness centre and the award-winning Axel's Charhouse restaurant.

Graves 601

A sophisticated modern luxury hotel, Graves 601 is located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, on top of the Block E complex. Rising 22 stories above street level, the hotel's stylish rooms include large plasma screen TVs, high-speed Internet and other high-tech amenities. Bathrooms have five-head power showers. The hotel has two restaurants--the acclaimed Cosmos, and the pre-prohibition-styled Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant.

W Minneapolis-The Foshay

W Hotels took a 1929 art deco structure and whipped it into a hip hotel with a roaring 1920s theme. The lobby's original arcade ceiling has been restored as has the 27th floor boardroom - the Prohibition Bar. Rooms are stylishly modern with the signature W bed, W pillow menu, plus a state-of-the-art entertainment system, high speed internet access and weekday newspaper delivery. Other amenities include in-room spa services and a fitness centre.

Hilton Minneapolis

Housed in an elegant, 25-storey Victorian brick building, the Hilton Minneapolis is located in the centre of Downtown with convenient skyway connections to the nearby business, shopping and entertainment areas. Guest rooms are well appointed with rich colours, oak furnishings, a 'Serenity Bed' with down comforter, large HDTV, MP3 connection and high speed wireless internet. The health club includes an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. For regional and international cuisine, the hotel offers the Skywater restaurant.

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A St Paul landmark saturated with old-world charm, this sophisticated hotel offers newly renovated rooms with comfortable mattresses, lighting with dimmers, high speed internet, mini bar and a finely appointed bathroom. Dining options include The St Paul Grill featuring an American dinner menu and M ST. Café for breakfast and lunch. The Lobby Bar, a popular meeting place, serves lighter fare as well as cocktails. A rooftop fitness centre, business centre and free internet in the lobby are nice touches.

Holiday Inn River Centre

This comfortable hotel is conveniently located near Downtown St Paul's attractions. There are 194 spacious guest rooms. The hotel also offers free high-speed Wi-Fi internet, fitness centre with indoor pool and Jacuzzi. The hotel includes an authentic Irish pub, The Liffey, with several other restaurants within walking distance.