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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation system is not perfect, but it is definitely accessible.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is good, relatively inexpensive and reliable, as is the light rail. It's easy to get to downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul, or to Rosedale Mall or Mall of America, but not as easy to get further from the cities without using Hourcar or borrowing someone's. Snow and extremely cold weather are also factors in off-campus ventures.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Starting in June 2014, we will have a train line that will connect campus to 2 main locations: Downtown Minneapolis & the Capitol in St. Paul. The bus system can be a bit confusing at first, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it. Most things are within walking distance or a short bus ride. Cars are not allowed your first year, although some local students get away with it by parking on side streets. Cars are not necessary, but they are a welcome luxury for getting outside the Macalester bubble.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The cost of the public transportation is very affordable. It can get you anywhere in the city in a reasonable amount of time. Getting to the airport is easy and cheap as well.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I use public transportation about once a week to go to a restaurant or attraction that's more than a mile or two's walk away from campus, and the service is good, but not excellent. Because of the weather buses can be late, and the drivers aren't extremely helpful.

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Getting around the Twin Cities is a cinch, even if students don’t own cars. The Metro Transit system offers an easy and convenient bus and light rail system that stretches all over Minneapolis and St. Paul. The bus system stops at different intersections all over town, with numerous bus stops near campus, which make for easy transportation to places like downtown St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the Rosedale Mall. The light rail brings people from Target Field all the way to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and even to the Mall of America. Taking the Metro makes traveling around hassle-free, and with the Metro Transit website’s Trip Planner, students can type in different locations and get specific directions for which bus lines/light rail stops to use. It should be noted that although the buses are pretty reliable, they can sometimes be late or not come at all when the weather gets really bad during the winter. There are a lot of bus shelters with heaters that make waiting in the bitter Minnesota wind a little less unpleasant, though.

There are also several taxi companies around the Metro that are more than happy to pick people up and drop them off at their desired destination. Calling in advance to reserve a cab for a predetermined time ensures students will get going on time, as the taxi companies sometimes hit extremely busy periods where waits will be long.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • If you're going to explore downtown Minneapolis, be sure to try the skyways. You'll get some great views, and you won't have to step foot outside for about five miles. The Twin Cities area is home to the longest skyway system in the world.
  • Invest in a motor vehicle.
  • Ride the Hiawatha light rail!
  • Ride your bike! The Twin Cities are very biker-friendly. You can either find a bike trail or make your own to get to nearly any given destination. Beware, however, the Minnesota weather isn't always accommodating.
  • Take a taxi-it's the next best thing to having a car in the winter months.
  • Take the bus, but be sure you're up-to-date on fares and schedules.
  • Sign up for, or organize, a van trip at Macalester.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $15 or less.
  • For $1.75, you can take the Metro Transit bus straight to the airport. The bus stops right in front of campus, and if all goes as planned, the bus should get you to the airport in just under 25 minutes.
  • If you have many suitcases or do not want to deal with the possible uncertainty of public transportation, either have a friend drive you to the airport, or better yet, arrange for a taxi pickup ahead of time.
Did You Know?
  • If students do own cars, they should prepare themselves to be asked to chauffeur their unfortunate and car-less friends around-obviously they don't have to comply, but the nagging will always be there.
  • Finally, if traveling on a popular night (e.g., Halloween, New Year's Eve), students should be sure to plan transportation ahead of time. Often when people swarm the streets when bars are closing, cabs and buses are either full or refuse to pick up large groups of people. Be careful you don't get stranded in the cold.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

(651) 696-6699
Daily 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) Bus

The ACTC is a consortium of private colleges. With this bus system, students can travel within these colleges in the Twin Cities area: Augsburg College, Hamline University, Macalester College, The College of St. Catherine, and the University of St. Thomas.

(651) 556-1863

Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metro Transit

Pick up a route map at the info desk in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

(612) 373-3333

(612) 341-4287 (NexTrip info)

(612) 341-0140 (route and schedule info)

560 Sixth Ave. N, Minneapolis

Hiawatha Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Twelve-mile Hiawatha line stops at 17 stations between downtown Minneapolis, the airport, and the Mall of America.

(651) 602-1000

(651) 291-0904 TTY

390 Robert St. N

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is only about seven miles and just about a 15-minute drive away from the Macalester College campus.

6040 S. 28th Ave., Minneapolis

(612) 970-9524

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The nearest Greyhound bus lines and Charters terminal are located only three miles from campus.

166 W. University Ave.

(651) 222-0507

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is just under two miles from campus.

730 Transfer Rd.

(651) 644-6012/(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 14% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 79% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 4% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 71% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 25% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 21 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 21 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 21 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% Very easy.
  • 71% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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