Minneapolis Visitor Information

SIGCSE @ Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis has put together a microsite just for us! Lots of good info there, and definitely something you should check out. Transport, dining… all the info you want, and (most importantly) accurate and from the source!

Emergency Services

There will be an EMT onsite during the conference. If you need to check any arrangements in advance, you should reach out to the Hennepin County Medical Center, which is the nearest medical facility to the conference hotel. Their address is 701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55414.

The Hotel

Some details about our hotel.

The Airport

A map of the airport (PDF)!

Transportation by Rail/Bus from Airport to Hotel

A minimal map of the Minneapolis light rail. The page text is ample to get you from the airport to the hotel area.

This handy transportation card provides an overview (PDF).

From the airport to the hotel, you will board at Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) or Terminal 2 (Humphrey). Any BLUE line train towards Minneapolis or Target Field will work. You want to get off at Nicollet Mall. Fare is roughly $1.75.

From the light rail stop, you could walk the eight blocks to the hotel; this might be a decision to be made based on weather. It might be preferable to catch a bus. Below is an embedded Google Map that demonstrates that, even by US public transportation standards, this is a simple transfer and bus ride. It appears that the number 10, 17, and 18 busses run every 4-8 minutes, and it is an 8-10 minute ride.

The #10 may (from the webmaster’s read…) be a free ride from the Metro station to the convention center.

Rail (Metro) Schedule: https://www.metrotransit.org/route/901

Rail and Bus schedule: https://www.minneapolis.org/map-transportation/light-rail-and-bus-schedule/

Transport by Taxi, etc.

The airport is roughly 12 miles from the hotel. Taxis will cost around $40.

The Uber website claims you can uber from the airport. Different kinds of Uber exist (who knew?), and they cost different amounts. An UberX is estimated (by the Uber website) to be $20. An UberXL might run closer to $40, and an Uber Black SUV (?!) might cost as much as $70.

There is also Lyft, and there are Lyft/Uber signs at the airport to help you find many kinds of crowdsourced transportation.


For some, coffee is critical. Google Maps links provided for some potential caffeine destinations.

There also seems to be a highly rated crêperie not far from the hotel. Just to make sure that we don’t overrun the shop, you might decide to tell yourself that the reviews are certainly fake, and therefore not worth the effort of exploring.

(Doing a Google Maps search for “coffee” centered on the hotel turned up many more venues.)


You may find yourself needing things.

  • Target (a stuff store): 900 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Walgreens (a pharmacy): 655 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
  • CVS (a pharmacy): 1110 Hennepin Avenue

Target, Walgreens, and CVS all offer/have/are pharmacies.


There is a FedEx Office on the 2nd floor of the hotel, with 24-hour access (for guests), and full service is available during business hours.

Large format color printing, signs/banners, pre-convention printing and file assistance, office supplies, and foam boards are all available.

Contact FedEx Office at (612) 339­5641 or usa5570@fedex.com.

Mall of America

All the fun you can have in a mall, and more.

Questions? Suggestions?

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