Saint Paul travel guide

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You're Going to Love Saint Paul

One of Minnesota's twin cities (with Minneapolis), Saint Paul is more sedate and laid back than its sister city. But it has a lot going on, with literary landmarks, great museums, interesting architecture, and fine food to enjoy.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Saint Paul

1. Trace the History of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest American writers, and he grew up in Saint Paul. See his birthplace and childhood home, and find out where the creator of Jay Gatsby found his inspiration.

2. There Are Some Superb Museums

Saint Paul's Science Museum is one of the best in the Midwest, with great exhibits for kids, while the Landmark Center offers a fascinating window into the 1920s, when Saint Paul saw numerous gangland prosecutions.

3. Take a Refreshing Brewery Tour

Saint Paul is very much a beer city, with flourishing craft brewers like Flat Earth and Summit competing with the best in America.

4. See Some Stunning Architecture

The city has a magnificent 19th-century cathedral, luxurious mansions like the James J. Hill House, and the Minnesota State Capitol, and all are worth a visit.

5. Every Kind of Cultural Attraction Is Here

Head to theater shows at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown, follow the Saint Paul Art Crawl, see live music in Mears Park, or buy tickets for world famous musical acts at the Xcel Energy Center.

Where to Eat in Saint Paul

Some of the finest eateries in town include the Italian pizzeria Mucci's, the Mexican maestros at Pajarito, and the ever-reliable Saint Paul Grill. Prices vary considerably, but as a rule meals should come to around $20-30 per head.

When to visit Saint Paul

Saint Paul in May
Estimated hotel price
C$ 153
1 night at 3-star hotel
Saint Paul in May
Estimated hotel price
C$ 153
1 night at 3-star hotel

Summer is the best time to visit, with reliable temperatures over 80 degrees in July and August.

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How to Get to Saint Paul


Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) has plenty of domestic connections. When you get there, take the Blue Line light rail link ($1.75-$2.25). Taxis cost around $35.


Saint Paul Union Station is on Amtrak's Empire Builder route, connecting it to Chicago and Seattle.


From Chicago, take I-90 northbound and change onto I-94 at Tomah. I-35 runs into Saint Paul from the south.


Bus companies serving Saint Paul include Greyhound, Megabus, and Jefferson Lines, so you shouldn't have trouble finding a cheaper route to the city.

Airports near Saint Paul

Airlines serving Saint Paul

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Where to stay in Saint Paul

High-end hotels abound in Saint Paul, including the Saint Paul Hotel (built in 1910) and the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, which has a lovely riverfront location.

Popular neighbourhoods in Saint Paul

Downtown - Saint Paul's hub, Downtown is home to the State Capitol, theaters, and fine restaurants like Handsome Hog.

Lowertown - next to the Mississippi, Lowertown was once down at heel, but it's now an artistic center and sporting destination thanks to CHS Field, home to the Saint Paul Saints baseball team.

Dayton's Bluff - packed with stunning 19th-century homes, Dayton's Bluff is like a timewarp, offering a portal into the Gilded Age.

Where to stay in popular areas of Saint Paul

Most booked hotels in Saint Paul

The Saint Paul Hotel
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 207+
Hewing Hotel
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 349+
Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 201+
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul East
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 144+
Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington by Mall of America
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 164+
W Minneapolis - The Foshay
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 291+
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How to Get Around Saint Paul

Public Transportation

Metro Transit runs the Green Line, which links the Twin Cities, and METRO buses run across Saint Paul (single fares are $1.75).


If you need to take a taxi, expect to pay a flag drop of $5, followed by $3 per mile.


Car rental options in Saint Paul include Avis, Hertz, and Budget, and rates will be around $20 per day.

The Cost of Living in Saint Paul

Shopping Streets

There are hundreds of small craft stores in Saint Paul. Seek them out in areas like Summit Avenue, Cathedral Hill, and Downtown.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Saint Paul include Cub Foods and Aldi, and as a guide, expect to spend around $2.65 on 12 eggs.

Cheap meal
C$ 15.46
A pair of jeans
C$ 43.23
Single public transport ticket
C$ 2.90
C$ 5.03
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