Getting Around, An Insider's Guide

 

There’s no doubt about it, Duluth is on the move. Many of our roads have bike lanes, which are used year-round by fat tire bike enthusiasts to commute to work. There is a cozy skywalk system downtown to keep you warm and safe when roaming around with your own two feet. We even have Uber and Lyft.

Furthermore, we have a newly-renovated international airport, as well as a state of the art transportation center where you can catch a bus or take a shuttle to get outta dodge.

Today we’ll introduce you to several super convenient ways of getting around town and places afar. What are we waiting for? Let’s hit the road!

Bus

Duluth offers bus services through Greyhound, Skyline Shuttle (offering daily service from Duluth to MPLS/St. Paul and back, with several stops in between), and the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) bus line. All depart from the brand-new Duluth Transportation Center, located downtown.

Duluth’s DTA bus service is comfy, safe, and convenient. And in the winter, riding the bus allows you to avoid the tasks of scraping your windshield or warming up your car.

Sophia Parr, Director of Planning for the DTA, shares, “The DTA runs 23 fixed routes throughout Duluth and Superior. Additionally, the DTA operates a grocery express route running from Downtown Duluth to the West Duluth Super One and a Trolley service in Canal Park during the summer, with stops at all the major tourist destinations.

She continues, “Riding the DTA bus is a convenient and safe choice for all types of riders. Whether you are traveling to work in the downtown area, going across the bridge to Superior or trying to get to the mall, the DTA provides opportunities for people to travel all across the city.”

And, if you are a college student or military veteran, make sure to inquire about getting yourself a free or discounted bus pass!

Airline Travel

Going by the IATA code DLH, Duluth International Airport offers flights from United & Delta. Delta provides direct daily service to MPLS/St. Paul, and United offers direct service to Chicago. With nonstop service to these two major hubs along with thousands of connections, you can walk into the Duluth International Airport and emerge at virtually any destination around the world.

The DLH passenger terminal was recently named in memory of beloved late U.S. Representative James. L. Oberstar. Congressman Oberstar, the son of an iron miner from Chisholm, Minnesota, served for 36 years — 18 terms from 1975 to 2011 — as a representative from northern Minnesota. One of the lasting legacies from his time in office was his focus and commitment to the transportation industry.

Car rentals

If you’re renting a car, you have several choices. Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, and National all have a presence here in Duluth. You can arrange pickup and drop off right at the airport, or else Enterprise offers another convenient location on Central Entrance.

Rideshare and Taxi Service

While taxi cab services are still available, Uber and Lyft have also come onboard. Using a phone app is an easy and convenient way to hitch a ride around town.

Inclement Weather? Snow Problem!

Whether you’re just in town for a weekend, or planning to become a permanent resident, Duluth offers plenty of transportation options to suit your needs. And, despite winters featuring plenty of snow and ice, we don’t let silly snowstorms stand in the way of getting where we need to go. Our awesome snowplow operators are on the job night and day, keeping our roadways safe and clear. Usually, transportation services only shut down when the weather is impossibly, hazardously treacherous.

As the unofficial motto of the United States Post Office says, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

I officially propose this as Duluth’s new creed!

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