All modes lead to downtown.
Transit provides a reliable, safe, clean and relaxing alternative to traffic. The Twin Cities’ award-winning transit system includes light rail, commuter rail, and a sturdy backbone of local, express, and rapid buses. Metro Transit provided more than 52 million bus rides in 2019.
Twin Cities buses and trains operate on the same fare system for a seamless commute. Metropass is the commuter’s golden ticket: a discounted, unlimited employer- or building-based fare card offered as a transportation benefit or via pre-tax payroll deduction.
During COVID-19: Mask-up and social distance
Metro Transit follows state and public health guidance on reducing the spread of COVID-19. In conjunction with the governor’s dial-back of social-distancing requirements, capacity limits on buses and trains were ended May 28.
By federal law, masks are still required – even if you are vaccinated – while waiting for and while riding transit. Please follow these other common-sense measures: Keep a safe distance from other customers and drivers, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, and please stay home if you are ill. Get vaccinated as soon as you can.
Face coverings are required on buses and trains. Learn more about the requirement.
Planning a transit trip is a breeze with apps like Transit, TC Next Bus, Moovit, Google Maps and Metro Transit’s Trip Planner. Map the quickest route, locate your bus in real time and even request an alert to tell you when to start walking to the bus stop!
First time riding the bus? Check out Metro Transit’s How to Ride page for information on fare payment, routes and stops and other resources.
Discover Your Transit Options
Bus – Sit back, enjoy the complimentary WiFi on certain routes, and let the bus driver navigate the roads. Serving the Twin Cities with more than 100 routes, including 14 high-frequency routes operating seven days a week.
Express Bus – Limited-stop express buses bring rush hour commuters into downtown from free suburban park-and-ride lots.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – The A and C Lines offer high-frequency buses with enhanced shelters, streamlined boarding, limited stops, and traffic signal priority. The C Line has added electric buses to the route.
Light Rail (LRT) – METRO Blue Line provides frequent light rail service between the Mall of America/MSP Airport and downtown Minneapolis. METRO Green Line connects downtown Saint Paul with the University of Minnesota East Bank campus and downtown Minneapolis. Transfer between the Green and Blue Lines at US Bank Stadium Station.
Maple Grove Transit – Serves the northwest metro with express bus service into downtown.
Plymouth Metrolink – Provides express bus service from the west metro to downtown.