Transportation from Airport

The University of Minnesota offers free Gopher Chauffeur transportation for international students from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus.

Transportation from Airport to Campus for International Students

Gopher Chauffeur van
Gopher Chauffeur van

We offer transportation every hour from 10 a.m. to 9:20 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2018, through Sunday, August 26, 2018.

International students may choose an alternate mode of transportation if they wish. Super Shuttle service is available from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport for approximately $16 per person. Taxi service is available for approximately $30-$40. For more information visit

International student organizations may also offer assistance with airport transportation. Visit to learn more.

Online reservation is now OPEN.

Reserve your space on the Gopher Chauffeur today! Link to reservation form. We appreciate your online reservation. Reservations help us estimate the number of students needing a ride.

Pick Up

The Gopher Chauffeur will arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport Terminal 1 every hour on the hour and will wait at the airport for 20 minutes before leaving for the University of Minnesota. The vans will operate August 10 through August 26, leaving the airport Transportation Center at 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:20 p.m., and 9:20 p.m.

After collecting your baggage from baggage claim, follow the arrows on the overhead signs that lead to "TAXIS, LIMOS, VANS, and SHUTTLES."

The Gopher Chauffeur operates two minivans. They all say Gopher Chauffeur and have a picture of Goldy Gopher.

The Gopher Chauffeur can transport about 16 students per hour. If the Gopher Chauffeur is full, you can wait at the airport for the next pick-up time or use an alternate mode of transportation (e.g., taxi, bus, Super Shuttle). Online reservations help us estimate the number of students needing a ride. Students who have not signed up will be provided a ride if space allows.

Drop Off

Your International Early Arrival Housing confirmation email contains the location you should be dropped off at. Please have your confirmation email with you when you arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

The Gopher Chauffeur will drop off students at five residence halls on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus and two hotels close to campus:

For More Information

For information, contact Julie Sanem, Advisor, 612-624-1940,