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Make a move from Minneapolis with an airport rental car

With a Minneapolis Airport car rental, you’ll find that some exciting destinations are within reach. The “Land of a Thousand Lakes” Minnesota has some wonderful things to see and do—and if you haven’t had your fill of bodies of water, you’ll want to head east and explore the Great Lakes too. It’s not too far to the hustle and bustle of Chicago or the wide-open space of North Dakota. Find a great deal on Minneapolis car rental when you book with GoSee.

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Minneapolis Airport car rental locations

Car rental companies at Minneapolis Airport have counters on the ground level of the Silver Parking Ramp at Terminal 1, and at the Ground Transport Center in the ground level of the Purple Ramp at Terminal 2. Wayfinding signs can help you to navigate.

What you need to know for your Minneapolis car rental adventure

Airport guide

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (IATA: MSP) is a joint civil-military international airport that serves both of the twin cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. It’s a major hub for Delta Airlines and one of the busiest airports in the upper Midwest. There are two terminals with more than a hundred gates between them and four runways.

Inside the terminals, passengers and visitors can shop, eat, and drink at a variety of places from coffee kiosks to pubs, newsstands to art galleries. Other helpful amenities include a conference center, armed forces services center, airline lounges, postal service drop boxes, an onsite hotel, and ATMs. There are four hours of free WiFi available to each device.

Looking to park your rental car? MSP has an array of parking options at each terminal, and these can be booked online.

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Guide to driving your car rental in Minnesota

Stay safe on the roads as you embark on your Minneapolis rental car adventure! With a little knowledge of local rules and customs, you’ll enjoy a memorable and trouble-free road trip.

The following are some of the most important things to keep in mind as you pick up your car rental and drive away:

  • Always drive on the right-hand side of the road in the USA! If you’re arriving from a right-hand driving country, it’s a good idea to plan some time to get accustomed.
  • Minneapolis experiences your typical urban traffic. We recommend that you avoid driving near the city center during typical commute hours.
  • The driver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt at all times (or an appropriate child restraint).
  • Headlights must be turned on in fog, rain, snow, and sleet.
  • Minnesota winters can be harsh. Check the forecast before driving and stay put if storms are predicted.
  • You should have some basic survival items in the car for any long trip, particularly during the winter months. This should include (at least) a flashlight, blanket, warm clothes, a basic first aid kit, a shovel, and a cellphone.
  • The default speed limits in Minnesota are set at 30 miles per hour in urban areas and 70 mph on rural freeways and interstates. There is a range of other limits posted—always keep an eye on the signs.
  • The blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers in Minnesota is 0.08%.
  • Take all the flyers or leaflets being freely given at the rental car counter, as these may contain discounts and freebies you may claim from sponsors.

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What and where: destination ideas for your Minneapolis car rental trip

A big and bustling prairie town turned metropolis, Minneapolis is artsy and interesting but blessed with warm and welcoming locals that bring that midwest charm. Within the city limits there are no less than 22 natural lakes including the beautiful “Chain of Lakes” which is lined with parks, beaches, and public facilities. From the high-rises of the CBD to the charming neighborhoods, Minneapolis is full of surprises.

Picking up your rental car from Minneapolis-St Paul Airport will set you up for an adventure, no matter how far your wish to venture from the city. If a long road trip is on the agenda, you might find yourself in Chicago, Milwaukee, Omaha, St Louis, Kansas City, or one of the many other wonderful cities in the surrounding states.

Prefer shorter drives? No problem—there’s plenty to do and see in Minneapolis and within an hour or two of the city. We’ve listed a few ideas below to get you started planning an exciting MSP car rental itinerary!

Minnehaha Park

This beautiful city park is a must-see, featuring a majestic 53-foot waterfall, wading pools, bandstand, disc golf course, walking paths, and much more. Escape urbanity for a moment and enjoy the oldest park in the area!

Mill City Museum

This is a fascinating attraction for history buffs, detailing the stories of the Mississippi River waterfront and the mills on which the city was founded. The facility is built inside the ruins of what was once the world’s biggest and most advanced flour mill.

Chain of Lakes

You can walk, paddle, skate, and bike to enjoy these lakes which dot the city’s suburbs. Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet are all surrounded by pedestrian paths and there is plenty to enjoy here—including some wonderful views of downtown Minneapolis.

Stillwater

Pick up a car rental at Minneapolis Airport and drive 35 minutes east to visit this lovely logging town on the St. Croix River. It’s a favorite getaway destination and packed with boutiques and brunch spots, as well as some fabulous historical architecture. Stillwater is thought of as the birthplace of Minnesota.

Lake Minnetonka

Not far west of Minneapolis is this beautiful lake, billed as one of the most beautiful in the state. Checking out the million-dollar lakeside mansions could be considered an activity in itself, and there’s plenty more fun to be had at Excelsior, where you can get on a cruise or just enjoy the buzzing town.

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Rental cars Minneapolis Airport: Frequently asked questions

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How much does it cost to rent a car at Minneapolis Airport?

The cost of rental cars in MSP Airport will vary according to factors such as the type of vehicle and time of year. Different suppliers run different specials, so there is a wide variety of prices—you can use the simple search engine and filters at the top of the page to find the one that’s affordable for you.

As an indication, the daily rates for MSP airport car rental might range from USD$35 per day for a compact car to USD$350+ for luxury cars or larger vehicles.

In which terminal are rental cars located in Minneapolis Airport?

Both terminals at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport have car rental locations, which can be found in the nearby parking ramps.

Is it cheaper to rent a car through the airline?

GoSee has the cheapest rates for Minneapolis St Paul Intl Airport car rentals available.

Does MSP Terminal 2 have rental cars?

Yes, the rental vehicle counters at Terminal 2 are located in the Ground Transportation Center on the ground level of the Purple Ramp.

Which car rental companies in Minneapolis have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Many car rental Minneapolis Airport companies, as well as brands servicing the US, have made slight changes to their procedures and policies in response to COVID-19.

Where do you pick up rental cars at MSP?

The service desks / counters for rental car Minneapolis Airport suppliers can be found on the ground level of the Silver parking ramp at Terminal 1 or in the Ground Transportation Center on the ground level of the Purple ramp at Terminal 2. Prepare your valid driver's license and other identification such as a valid passport for a smooth pick up of your MSP rental car.

How do I return a rental car to MSP?

MSP rental cars can be returned to the parking ramps designated for car rental returns at either terminal. Also, the Ground Transportation building has signs showing the way to the rental car tram. Read your rental agreement or contact our customer service team for more information.

When dropping off your rental vehicle, don't forget to remove all your personal belongings and lock the door.