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There are 6 ways to get from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis by car, ferry, bus, train or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Drive, ferry, bus  •  34 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Grand Portage
  2. Take the ferry from Grand Portage to Rock Harbor
  3. Take the ferry from Rock Harbor to Houghton, MI
  4. Take the bus from Hancock, MI to Manitowoc, WI
  5. Take the bus from Manitowoc, WI to Minneapolis, MN 916

$248 - $316

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Fly from Thunder Bay  •  8 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Thunder Bay (YQT) to Minneapolis (MSP) YQT - MSP

$125 - $906

4 alternative options

Drive, ferry, Amtrak Thruway, train  •  34 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Grand Portage
  2. Take the ferry from Grand Portage to Rock Harbor
  3. Take the ferry from Rock Harbor to Houghton, MI
  4. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Houghton, MI to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak
  5. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot

$260 - $384

Drive  •  7 h

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis 345.4 miles

$45 - $70

Bus to International Falls, fly  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay to Fort Frances
  2. Fly from International Falls (INL) to Minneapolis (MSP) INL - MSP

$193 - $399

Drive to Duluth, fly  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Duluth
  2. Fly from Duluth (DLH) to Minneapolis (MSP) DLH - MSP

$148 - $940

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis is to drive which costs $60 - $90 and takes 7 h.

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The quickest way to get from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis is to drive and fly which costs $190 - $1,300 and takes 6 h 16 min.

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The distance between Thunder Bay and Minneapolis is 487 km. The road distance is 552.6 km.

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It takes approximately 34 h 26 min to get from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Thunder Bay Airport to Minneapolis Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 26 min and has one stopover.

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Minneapolis is 1 h behind Thunder Bay. It is currently 6:30 AM in Thunder Bay and 5:30 AM in Minneapolis.

Yes, the driving distance between Thunder Bay to Minneapolis is 553 km. It takes approximately 7 h to drive from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis.

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United Airlines, WestJet, Delta and Air Canada offer flights from Thunder Bay Airport to Minneapolis Airport.

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There are 296+ hotels available in Minneapolis. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Thunder Bay to Thunder Bay Airport is to line 1 bus which takes 17 min and costs $4.

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Map of how to get from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis.
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  • Distance: 304.1 miles
  • Duration: 34 h 26 min

What companies run services between Thunder Bay, ON, Canada and Minneapolis, MN, USA?

Air Canada, WestJet and two other airlines fly from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,000
Flights from International Falls to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Duluth to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis via Toronto
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
Flights from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 34 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis via Toronto
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
Flights from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 34 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,300
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis via Winnipeg
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $900
Flights from Thunder Bay to Minneapolis via Toronto
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $1,000
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$250 - $350
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Hancock, MI to Manitowoc, WI
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Houghton, MI to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
10 h 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Manitowoc, WI to Minneapolis, MN
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Houghton, MI to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Kasper Transportation
Phone
1-855-566-2378
Bus from Thunder Bay to Fort Frances
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $95
Schedules at
gokasper.com
Ferry operators
Grand Portage Isle Royale
Phone
+1 218.600.0765
Email
reservations@isleroyaleboats.com
Website
grand-isle-royale.com
Ferry from Grand Portage to Rock Harbor
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$82
Schedules at
grand-isle-royale.com
National Parks Shuttle Bus
Website
nps.gov
Ferry from Rock Harbor to Houghton, MI
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
frontiercoachlinesnwtltd.ca

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