When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul?
The summer months of July to August attract the highest number of tourists to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) area, so the best time to obtain cheap flights to MSP is during the winter. Although frostier by far, October to April in both cities is still a great time to visit due to the lower precipitation levels, the cheaper hotel prices and the ability of the locals to keep everything up and running, even during the depths of winter.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Minneapolis-St Paul?
It is generally recommended that you book your return Minneapolis-Saint Paul flights a couple of months before departure if you’re after good deals and want to secure your desired departure dates and times. However, there’s often a great deal to be had on last-minute flights if you can be more flexible with your travel plans. Are you a fan of the silver screen? Plan your visit to MSP for April 12th-28th to experience the 2018 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, one of the longest-running film festivals in the country.
Flying to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) primarily serves the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota as well as the surrounding areas. The biggest airport in the Upper Midwest region of the United States (US), it operates direct flights to over 150 destinations, both domestic and international.
Flights to Minneapolis-Saint Paul are available from most major United Kingdom (UK) cities, including London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and Belfast. Direct return flights are only available from London Heathrow and are operated by either Delta Air Lines or Virgin Atlantic with flight times ranging from eight to nine hours. Minnesota-Saint Paul flights from other UK airports all include one or more stops and are operated by airlines, such as Lufthansa, Air Canada, United Airlines, American Airlines and British Airways.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Named after two famous Minnesotans, both the Lindbergh and Humphrey Terminals (Terminal 1 and 2 respectively) are fully kitted out with every amenity you might need. In addition to banks, ATMs and currency exchanges, there is a huge array of popular bars, restaurants and shops, both normal and duty-free. Furthermore, several family services are available, including three children’s play areas and lactation and nursing room. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the terminal buildings.
Getting to the City from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Thanks to the large size of MSP and the number of passengers that it serves, transportation to and from the airport is abundant and easy to access. Located within 16 km of both downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, getting to either of the twin cities can be achieved by taxi, Uber or Lyft, private transfers, car hires (car rentals in the US), light rail or local buses. For assistance with further travel upon arrival, head to the information booth in Terminal 1 or visit the official Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport website.
Why Visit Minneapolis-St Paul?
Minnesota’s twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are hubs of cultural, technological and historical significance that combine to make one exhilarating megacity. ‘The Cities’, as they are known locally, were once two separate entities that have since grown and eventually have ended up overlapping each other, separated by the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. This combination of Minnesota’s most populous city, Minneapolis, and its state capital, Saint Paul, has resulted in two cities’ worth of fun to be had without the need to travel between them.
Whether you’re a shopper at heart, a fan of the arts or an enthusiastic outdoorsman, these twin cities have something for everyone to enjoy. Why not take in the sunshine on the shore of one of the Chain of Lakes before heading off to the Midtown Global Market for some shopping? Top off the perfect day by perusing some inspiring masterpieces at the Minneapolis Institute of Art or by enjoying a show at the renowned Guthrie Theater. After the day’s adventures, enjoy a world-class dinner at one of the area’s culinary hotspots.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
When planning to travel to the US as a British citizen, you can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver System, which will allow you to travel within the country for up to 90 days. Due to America’s recent travel restrictions, there are now many rules regarding country of origin and previous travel destinations when attempting to visit, even if you have British dual nationality. As the travel ban is quite specific, it is best to check that you are eligible to visit by checking the requirements online.
The official currency of the United States is the US dollar, which is easy to obtain both prior to arrival and during your stay.