Bloomington (Minnesota)

Bloomington skyline

Bloomington, Minnesota is a suburb of Minneapolis. It is near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (IATA: MSP) and home to the Mall of America, the United States' largest shopping mall. Bloomington has a population of 82,893 people (as of 2010).

Get in

Bloomington is centrally located and convenient to many Twin Cities Metro area attractions. Bloomington is located approximately 10 miles south of Minneapolis.

By plane

The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is located near Bloomington and from there it is easy to get on a light rail train to take you into the city.

By car

Bloomington is intersected by two major interstates and a number of major highways. Interstate 35W runs north/south through the center of Bloomington. Interstate 494 runs east/west along Bloomington's northern edge, intersecting with Interstate 35W near the center of the city.

By public transit

There are no regional buses that have drop off points in Bloomington. The nearest Greyhound bus terminal is located in downtown Minneapolis (see Minneapolis#By bus). The bus terminal is located at 950 Hawthorne Ave (at 10th St, one block west of Hennepin) in downtown Minneapolis and is 4-5 blocks away from the light rail station, which you can take into Bloomington. If you need to get into Bloomington from anywhere else in the Twin Cities metro area, you can generally take a local bus or light rail line. Metro Transit is the public transit authority for the entire Twin Cities area, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington. Their website has a great and easy to use route finder .

Get around

Bloomington has abundant public transit options and it is well connected to Minneapolis and St. Paul and other cities in the Twin Cities metro area. The south end of the METRO Blue Line light rail ends in Bloomington at the Mall of America, giving easy access from Bloomington to Downtown Minneapolis for a sports game, shopping or night out on the town. Within the city of Bloomington, there are a plethora of bus lines to get you just about anywhere that you need to go.

Bloomington's uses the same public transit system as the rest of the Twin Cities Metro area, including Minneapolis and St. Paul. This integrated system is called Metro Transit. Metro Transit fares are valid for 2 1/2 hours of unlimited transfers from first use and are valid on all Metro Transit buses and light Rail (excluding the Northstar Light Rail Line which requires an additional fare.)

Adult fares as of 2011 are $1.75 non rush/$2.25 rush ($2.25 for express busses during non rush hours and $3.00 for express buses during rush hour.) Discounts apply for senior citizens and children, as well as disabled veterans and people with disabilities. Up to 3 children under the age of 5 ride for free with a paid adult fare .

See

Do

Buy

Food court? Check. Legos? Check. Gap? Check. Roller Coaster? Check.

Eat

Mall of America

The Mall of America has several good eating options inside from fast food to upscale restaurants.

Sleep

Go next

Routes through Bloomington

Minneapolis Richfield  N  S  Burnsville → merges onto Des Moines
Maple Grove Eden Prairie  W  E  Eagan Woodbury
Grand Rapids Edina  N  S  Shakopee Mankato
Gaylord Eden Prairie  W  E  Fort Snelling Saint Paul
Minneapolis Richfield  N  S  Eagan Apple Valley
Brooklyn Center Edina  N  S  END
Downtown Minneapolis South Minneapolis ← Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport  N  S  END


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