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Rochester, MN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 36
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,206
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 616
Committable Meeting Rooms* 14
Convention Center Space 120,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 38,586 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $101
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $262
*Maximum for a single hotel

Rochester, MN Airport Information

Rochester International Airport (RST)

Distance: 9 miles
Approximate taxi fare: $27.93 USD

Located just eight miles south of downtown Rochester, the Rochester International Airport provides a gateway into and out of the city for hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. Dating back to 1928, the airport was initially established to transport patients to the Mayo Clinic. Today, the airport offers approximately 17 flights per day on three major carriers and several small private carriers. All in all, the airport provides connections to more than 600 destinations.

A convenient facility for business and leisure travelers alike, Rochester International Airport features many amenities including restaurants, gift shops and an information center. Additionally, the airport campus features a hair salon, bank, hotel and the phenomenal Rochester International Event Center. The center can accommodate corporate functions, weddings, banquets and other events of up to 850 people. Short-term and long-term parking areas are available.

Airline carriers serving Rochester International Airport

  • American Eagle
  • Allegiant Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines

Rochester, MN Public Transportation

Rochester City Lines Bus Line

The city of Rochester operates a convenient bus system that connects attractions, hotels, meeting facilities and major businesses. Stops are recognized by prominent red and yellow signs. Buses can also be flagged on street corners.

Buses run Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 6:45 PM and from 7:15 to 9:55 PM. Saturday service is offered from 8:15 AM to 6:40 PM. Regular one-way fare is $0.75 for youths ages 6-18 and $1.50 for adults. One free transfer per trip is issued to fare-paying riders.


Five different shuttle service providers operate out of Rochester International Airport. Fares from Rochester International to downtown are approximately $11.50.

Go Rochester Direct operates a daily shuttle service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International's ground transportation area to downtown Rochester. Approximate shuttle fare from the airport to downtown Rochester is $23 one-way or $42 round-trip.

Skyways and Pedestrian Subways

Rochester's impressive climate-controlled skyways and pedestrian subways allow access to more than 1,700 hotel rooms, the Mayo Civic Center, shopping, entertainment and nearly 4,000 parking spaces without ever having to venture outdoors. Skyways are open Monday through Thursday from 6 AM to midnight, Friday from 6 to 1 AM and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 10 PM.

Rental Cars

Several familiar rental car companies, including Avis, Budget and Hertz, can be found in the terminal building at Rochester International Airport. Additional rental car companies are located at nearby off-site locations.

At Minneapolis-St. Paul International, rental car counters for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty can be found in both terminals. At the Lindbergh Terminal, counters are located between the blue and red parking ramps in the Hub Building on levels 1, 2 and 3. At the Humphrey Terminal, counters are located directly across from the terminal building at the Ground Transportation Center.


Two taxi companies operate in Rochester: Yellow Cab and Med City Taxi. Minimum fare is $3.75. Fare from Rochester International to downtown is approximately $25.

Taxi cab service at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is available on the ground level of both terminals. Fares are set a metered rate of $2.35 per mile and include a $3 trip fee.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
St. Paul, MN 78 mi 1 hr 35 min 46 min USD $248+
Minneapolis, MN 87 mi 1 hr 44 min 46 min USD $248+
St. Cloud, MN 164 mi 2 hr 53 min 2 hr 56 min USD $405+
Des Moines, IA 211 mi 3 hr 14 min 3 hr 10 min USD $332+
Green Bay, WI 275 mi 5+ hrs 4 hr 39 min USD $302+
Milwaukee, WI 277 mi 4 hr 27 min 2 hr 52 min USD $277+
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