Travel & Transportation


Less than a three-hour flight from most US cities and just minutes from downtown with access to the METRO Blue Line, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is served by 13 commercial passenger airlines. Explore the city via train, bus, cab, or car share. The MetroTransit website provides trip planning, routes and schedules, and fare information for buses and trains.

Minneapolis is also walkable by ground or by Skyway. The Skyway is a system of enclosed footbridges from building to building that allow pedestrians to get around the city in a climate-controlled environment. Note that the Skyway is not open 24/7—most locations close by 10:00 pm on weekdays, and earlier on weekends. Maps can be found here and, or by completing an Internet search.


Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport—MSP (11 miles from Marriott City Center Hotel)

  • Light Rail service, fee: $1.75–$2.25 USD (one-way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: $35–40 USD (one-way)
  • Shuttle service, fee $15 USD (one-way)

Door-to-door service is available at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Shuttles operate on a shared ride-on demand basis. For information, call 800-BLUEVAN (800-258-3826) or go to SuperShuttle website. Follow this link—Arrival Instructions —for SuperShuttle arrival and terminal information.

Light Rail Transit
Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains stop at both Terminal 1-Lindbergh and Terminal 2-Humphrey and connect travelers to 17 other destinations, including downtown Minneapolis to the north and Mall of America to the south.

Metro Transit Map of LRT Stations

Trains run every 10 minutes during peak hours and typically every 10 to 15 minutes at other times of the day. From the airport, trains can take you to Mall of America in about 12 minutes and to the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis in about 25 minutes. If you have a layover and plan to take the train away from the airport, please allow time to travel and return.*

*Be sure to check the light rail schedule at if you plan to utilize this service.


  • Tickets are sold at ticket machines at the rail stations.
  • Light rail fares for adults are $2.25 during rush hours (Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 am and 3 to 6:30 pm) and $1.75 at other times.
  • For more information, visit the Metro Transit website.

Car Rental
For more information, visit the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport’s Ground Transportation website.

Parking rates at the Marriott City Center Hotel are $21 USD daily for self-parking and $32 USD daily for valet parking. Or use the Best Parking App to find parking areas around the hotel.

USA Visa and Passport Information for Annual Meeting Attendees

New Passport:

Visitors entering the U.S. must posses a valid passport and where necessary a valid visa. Visas will be necessary for countries other than Canada, Mexico, and countries on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Here are some key travel-visa-related links from the US government that will help you in preparing for the application:

US State Department, Visas home page
US State Department, Temporary visitors to the US

It is recommended that after gathering basic information, the participants contact the nearest US Embassy/ Consulate to establish the application process and any region specific requirements. Here is a link to websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions:

Visa applications may take several months to be processed, especially if there is a request by the embassy for further information or clarification. Therefore, attendees should apply for a travel visa as early as possible. Typical wait times to obtain visas for citizens of various countries are given on this website:

Here is a non-government website that might help with your visa application National Academies of Sciences. This site provides a lot of great advice.

To Obtain an Invitation Letter
The Program Committee is not responsible for establishing your travel arrangements or obtaining visas. However, in order to assist with the travel visa application process, we will provide upon request a letter of invitation to attend the Annual Meeting and to authors of papers that have been accepted and to non-authors who have paid the conference registration fee. The invitation “letter” will normally be provided in the form of a pdf file via email.

If you wish to receive an invitation letter to help with your visa, then submit the information listed below to: Jane Shepard at

Include the following information:

  • Your full name (as it appears on your passport) – please use CAPITAL letters for your family name (also called your last name or surname);
  • Your “pre-title” (Dr., Mr., Ms.);
  • Your job title (for example: BS/MS/PhD student, Research Associate, Assistant Professor, Director of Mathematics, Research Scientist (companies/ government) etc.);
  • Your affiliation (university, company, organization etc.);
  • Postal address (this may be either your work or home address, whichever you prefer), make sure that you include room number (if required), building, street, city, state, postal code and country;
  • Email address, and phone number (home or work);
  • Your paper title(s) where applicable.

Please format your information as per the example below.

Dr. William HOWELL
Scientific Research Program Manager
Natural Resources Canada
Mining and Mineral Sciences Laboratories
P.O. Box 57023 Station M
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3C1 
Email Address:
Presentation Title: Genetic specification of recurrent neural networks: Initial thoughts

This information is required so that we can send you an electronic letter of invitation, but it does not give you a visa or guarantee that the U.S. embassy will grant a visa. Submit your request for a visa invitation letter as soon as possible. Please allow 7 days for an email response. This service is provided to attendees for free.

Note that participants are responsible for conference registration, paying appropriate fees for conference activities, as well as assuming full responsibility for any travel and accommodation expenses, and their activities and arrangements while in the USA.