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Skyway/Subway and Transportation Fact Sheet

December 16, 2010

Related Document: SkywayAndSubway.doc

A small city with a big city transportation system, Rochester, Minn. offers a skyway system, subterranean walkways (called the "subway" system), bus, taxi, car rentals and airport shuttles to connect its many attractions for business and leisure travelers.


It never dips below 68 degrees in Rochester thanks to its climate controlled skyway and underground
walkways, otherwise known as subways.  Businesses, hotels, shops and dining are all accessible without
ever having to step outdoors in the winter.  A variety of galleria shops and businesses are also located
along the underground subway.  The skyway and subway wheelchair accessibility is useful for patients of the world renowned Mayo Clinic.

Bus Line

Rochester's city-owned bus line connects many attractions, hotels, meeting facilities and major industries. All buses are wheelchair accessible.  Bus fare is $2.00 per person and $1.00 for youth six to18 years of age. Children under the age of six are free.  For more information, visit www.rochesterbus.com or call 507-288-4353.

Taxi Service

There are two taxi companies in Rochester: Yellow Cab and Med City Taxi.  Taxis
provide at-the-door pick-up and minimum fare is $3.75.  Taxi from downtown to the airport is approximately $25.

Car Rental

There are ten car rental companies in Rochester.  Rates for each vary.

Airport Service

Choose from five different airport shuttle services to take you from the international airport to your destination.


Park for free in city ramps weekdays 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.  Many downtown businesses validate parking in the five city-operated ramps, four of which are connected to the Rochester community via skyways.  Street meters are not enforced after 5 p.m. on weekdays or on Saturdays or Sundays.  From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., various city ramps are free of charge if your car is parked in the ramp for less than an hour.  For more information, visit www.rochesterparking.com or call


For more information, contact Mary Gastner at 800-634-8277 or mgastner@rochestercvb.org or visit http://www.rochestercvb.org.

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