Saint Paul

Minnesota State Capitol

Saint Paul (or St. Paul) is the capital city and the second-largest city of the US state of Minnesota. Along with the slightly larger Minneapolis it forms the urban core of the Twin Cities region, the third largest metropolis in the Midwest.



Saint Paul is in the Upper Midwest along the Mississippi River, just east and downstream of its sister city Minneapolis. Its location near the head of navigation on the Mississippi River led to its historical development as a transportation hub for freight from the west and to the east and south. The geologically recent Mississippi River is a prominent feature of the landscape, traversing the city from the upscale riverside homes in Highland Park to the undevelopable floodlands near the junction with the Minnesota River, through the historic downtown riverboat landings and railroad infrastructure, the Mississippi River is the defining feature of Saint Paul.


 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 24 30 42 59 72 80 85 82 73 61 43 28
Nightly lows (°F) 6 12 24 37 48 58 63 61 52 41 28 12
Precipitation (in) 0.9 0.9 1.9 2.6 3.6 4.7 3.9 3.8 3.2 2.5 1.7 1.1

Winters in Saint Paul can be very cold, summer is often warm to hot and frequently humid, snowfall is common in the winter and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall occur during the spring, summer and autumn. If you are not fond of the cold, May-October would be the best time to visit Saint Paul. Downtown Saint Paul has a skyway system to allow you to escape the elements in bad weather, although it isn't nearly as extensive as the one in downtown Minneapolis.

Visitor information

Get in

See the Twin Cities page for more information.

By plane

MSP Airport Terminals

Terminal 1-LindberghAir Canada Jazz, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
Terminal 2-HumphreyCondor, Icelandair, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines

By train or bus

  Union Depot is the hub for inter-city train and bus services in Saint Paul.

Get around

By car

Interstate 35E and Interstate 94 travel through Saint Paul. US 52 also is a freeway connecting Saint Paul to the southern suburbs.

By public transit

Metro Transit,  +1 612 373-3333. Operator of the public transit system in the Twin Cities. Single-ride fares (including unlimited transfers for 2.5 hours) for local and limited-stop services (including the METRO Light Rail) are $2.25 during peak service hours (M-F 6AM-9AM and 3PM-6:30PM, excluding certain holidays) and $1.75 at all other times. For express services, the fares are $3 during peak hours and $2.25 during off-peak hours. Other fare options are described below.

Pass options

Unlimited ride passes are available in 1-day, 7-day, and 31-day formats. Stored value passes (pay-per-ride) are also available. Day passes are $6 and can be purchased online, at a Metro Transit Store, from a bus driver, or a ticket machine at any light rail station. 7-day ($22) and 31-day ($59-$113.50) passes must be loaded on a Go-To card, which can be purchased online, at a Metro Transit Store, or participating Metro Transit sales outlets. Stored value passes can be loaded on a Go-To card in increments of $10 (up to $400), and come with a 10% bonus on each purchase (e.g. a $10 purchase would give you $11 in fare value, $20 would give you $22, and so forth). Once in possession of a Go-To card, reloading it with new unlimited ride passes or stored value is easy and can be done online, at Metro Transit stores and outlets, or at light rail ticket machines.


Cathedral of Saint Paul
Landmark Center


Music and performing arts


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Saint Paul and the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities are in the 651 area code. From 651, it is not necessary to dial a 1 before the area code when calling numbers in the 612 (Minneapolis, Richfield, St. Anthony, the airport, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus), 763 (northwest suburbs), or 952 (southwest suburbs) area codes.


There are no Internet cafes in Saint Paul. Most coffeehouses offer free wi-fi to paying customers, but very few will have Internet terminals.

Go next

Routes through Saint Paul

Fargo St. Cloud  W  E  Red Wing Milwaukee
Duluth White Bear Lake  N  S  Eagan Des Moines
to Fargo Minneapolis  W  E  Woodbury Madison
Fargo Arden Hills  W  E  Cottage Grove Stevens Point
Minneapolis Follow west  NW  SE  Inver Grove Heights Rochester
Forest Lake White Bear Lake  N  S  Cottage Grove La Crosse
Gaylord Bloomington  W  E  Oakdale Stillwater
Downtown Minneapolis Southeast Minneapolis  W  E  END

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