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
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all riders are require to have facial coverings. Passengers load at the front of the bus and pay fares. To provided social distancing, the number of riders is limited to 10 on a 40′ bus, 15 for a 60′ bus. When capacity is reached the digital display at the front of the bus will read, “Please wait for the next available bus”. Learn more about recommendations.
Metro Transit provides examples of essential travel:
- Commuting to a job that cannot be performed at home.
- Obtaining groceries or other necessary supplies.
- Seeking medical services and medications (do not take transit if sick).
- To care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household.
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.
Northstar Commuter Rail – Passenger service with five daily trains from Big Lake into downtown Minneapolis during the work week and for selected events. Connects to Saint Cloud via Northstar Link bus.
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.