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Rapid City, SD Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 35
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,500
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 267
Committable Meeting Rooms* 15
Largest Ballroom 41,402 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $95
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $429
*Maximum for a single hotel

Rapid City, SD Airport Information

Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)

Approximate taxi fare: $32.88 USD

Located just 12 miles outside of Rapid City, the Rapid City Regional Airport serves as the commercial airline hub for the Black Hills region. The airport serves about 590,000 passengers each year, providing nonstop service to Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, as well as Atlanta and Houston seasonally. Airport amenities include full-service dining, shopping and both short-and long-term parking. The airport express shuttle provides pick up and drop service to any location in the Rapid City/Black Hills region, with prices varying by location. Many Rapid City hotels feature free or discounted shuttle service to and from the airport. Rapid City Regional Airport features three conference rooms for rent, two accommodating up to 30 guests and the third accommodating up to 50 guests.

Airline carriers serving Rapid City Regional Airport

  • American Airlines /
    American Eagle
  • Allegiant Air
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines

Rapid City, SD Ground Transportation

Rapid Ride Bus System

Providing fixed route bus service throughout Rapid City, Rapid Ride operates five routes on 40-minute frequencies. Rapid Ride takes passengers to school, work, shopping and recreation destinations, as well as meeting destinations, as the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is located on the Washington route. Rapid Ride buses run Monday through Friday from 6:40 AM to 6:40 PM and Saturday from 9:40 AM to 4:40 PM. Bus fare is $1.50 per ride; children under age 5 ride free.

City View Trolley

Operated by the Rapid Ride bus system, the City View Trolley is a narrated tour serving points of interest in and around Rapid City, including the Milo Barber Transportation Center, Dahl Arts Center, The Journey Museum and several area hotels. The trolley runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with Monday through Friday hours from 9:40 AM to 5:40 PM and Saturday and holiday hours from 9:40 AM to 4:40 PM. Trolley fare is $2 for adults and $1 for children age 12 and under.


The Rapid City Greyhound station is located at the Milo Barber Transportation Center at 444 6th Street. Station hours are Monday through Friday from 6:40 to 11:40 AM and 2 to 6 PM, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 6:40 to 7:40 AM and 4:40 to 6 PM.

Rental Cars

Rapid City Regional Airport features rental car counters for Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Chicago 914 mi 13 hr 34 min 5 hr 38 min USD $421+
Dallas/Fort Worth 1,061 mi 16 hr 13 min 2 hr 24 min USD $373+
Denver 396 mi 6 hr 05 min 1 hr 14 min USD $417+
Minneapolis 586 mi 8 hr 48 min 1 hr 31 min USD $479+
Phoenix/Mesa 1,209 mi 18 hr 24 min 4 hr 08 min USD $444+
Salt Lake City 673 mi 10 hr 08 min 01 hr 48 min USD $421+
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