MSP Parking

MSP Airport Parking

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is located 12 miles southeast from Central Minneapolis. It has the airport code MSP.


MSP Parking for Minneapolis Airport

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is the biggest airport in the Upper Midwest area. It is a joint civil-military airport and lies inbetween Minneapolis and Saint Paul, which is the state capital of Minnesota. Both cities are called “Twin Cities” and form a big metropolitain area. There are two terminals:

  • Terminal 1 (formerly ” Lindbergh” terminal) – 117 gates across seven concourses with the letters A-G
  • Terminal 2 (formerly “Humphrey” terminal) – 14 gates across one concourse with the letter H

International arrivals are processed in Terminal 2 and in the G concourse of Terminal 1. Both terminals are not next to each other and disconnteced by one of the four runways.

While there is a direct way via the Light Rail Transit (LRT), cars have to drive around this runway to get to the other terminal.

For MSP parking there are options for short and long term parking directly at terminals. The above mentioned LRT is called METRO Blue Line and easily connects both terminals for passengers. This public transport goes up to downtown Minneapolis as well.

Most parking options are named after colors.

For Terminal 1 there are Green, Gold, Blue, Red, Silver, Pink and Brown Ramps. For Terminal 2 there are Purple and Orange Ramps.

MSP Parking Rates

Hourly and Daily Parking at both terminals have the same rates. The first hour is $5 and every additional one will be charged with $3. There is only a difference in the 24-hour maximum or daily rate. 

The daily rate at all terminal 1 ramps (all colors) is $30. At terminal 2 the option is called Value Parking, which is also possible at both ramps (Orange and Purple) for $23 per day. There is also a option called Quick Ride Ramp for also $19. 

Parkobility’s parking partners offer daily rates from $7.95 including shuttle service, which bring passengers to the terminals regularly.

MSP Long Term Parking

There are three options for MSP long term parking:

  • Parking directly at both of the terminals (Daily or Value Parking at all ramps)

    Advantage: highest convenience with direct access to terminals

    Disadvantage: highest rate with $30 per day for Terminal 1 ramps (Green, Gold, Blue, Red, Silver, Pink, Brown) and $23 for Terminal 2. (Value Parking at Orange or Purple Ramp)

  • Quick Ride Ramp (5315 Northwest Drive, St. Paul, MN 55111)

    lower daily rate of $19. This parking option is located at the entrance to Terminal 1 and fast accessible from the highway. There is a shuttle service included.

    Disadvantage: It is located several hundred feet from terminal access points. More time must be included for using the shuttle service, which run 24/7.

  • Parkobility parking partners

    lowest daily rates from $7.95 incl. free shuttle service.

    Disadvantage: A little bit more time is needed to get from the parking facility to terminals with shuttle.

Parkobility Options
MSP Long Term Parking (incl. free shuttle)Per day$7.95
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Airport Options
Quick Ride Ramp (with Shuttle)
Per day$19
Value Parking (Purple and Orange Parking Ramps at Terminal 2)Per day$23
Daily Parking (Green, Gold, Blue, Red, Silver, Pink and Brown Ramp at Terminal 1)
Per day$30

MSP Short Term Parking

For Terminal 1 drivers who want to stay less than 4 hours at the terminal parking ramps are advised to use level 3 of Gold ramp

For 4 hours and longer all other options are recommended: Green, Gold (except level 3), Blue, Red, Silver, Pink and Brown. 

For Terminal 2 Hourly Parking is possible at both Orange and Purple ramp. 

The Hourly rates are the same everywhere: $5 for the first hour, $3 for each following hour until the 24-hour maximum of $30 is reached. 

There is also the possibility to have free parking at the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, which is located at Post Road on the way between both terminals. 

Of course it is not allowed to leave cars unattended. The Lot should be used for pickups of arriving travelers. It has a 39 slot capacity. 

Parking OptionsTimeRate
Hourly Parking Terminal 1 (All Ramps)
First Hour
Each Additional Hour
Daily Maximum Charge
Hourly Parking Terminal 2 (Both Ramps)
First Hour
Each Additional Hour
Daily Maximum Charge
Valet Parking (Terminal 1)
First Hour
Each Additional Hour
Daily Maximum Charge

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does it cost per day to park at MSP airport?

The 24-hour maximum at both terminals is $30. At Quick Ride Ramp (Shuttle Bus to Terminal 1) and Value Parking (Terminal 2) it is possible to park for $19 and $23 per day. Parkobility offers daily parking rates from $7.95.

How much does it cost to park at MSP Terminal 1?

For MSP Terminal 1 parking ramps drivers pay $5 for the first hour and $3 for each additional hour. The 24-hour maximum/daily rate for Terminal 1 is $28.

Does MSP airport offer free parking?

Yes, MSP parking is free at the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, which is located at Post Road between bot terminals. This lot offers 39 spaces for drivers who are awaiting arriving passengers and it’s a first come first serve basis so make sure you get there early. Otherwise terminal parking is not too expensive.

Can MSP airport parking be reserved?

There is a new option to prebook for MSP parking at the airport. Prebooking saves $2/day on all drive-up rates. The reservation must be made at least 12 hours before arrival. With Parkobility reserving affordable parking is also possible and recommended, especially for MSP long term parking. Plus, the parking can be booked any time, as long there is capacity.

How long does it take to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 at MSP?

The Light Rail Transit (METRO Blue Line) takes little time to get from Terminal 2 to 1. The trip will only take 5 minutes. By car more distance has to be covered circumventing an airport runway which devides both terminals. The roadway distance is about 3,5 to 4 miles, which takes about 10 minutes.

How much does it cost to park at Terminal 2 MSP?

The first hour of parking at MSP Terminal 2 costs $5, each additional hour is $3. The daily maximum charge for a parking spot is $36.

Can you sleep in MSP airport?

MSP allows sleeping in both Terminal 1 & 2. Terminal 1 is noisier due to it being more busy. However, two designated quiet areas are designed for a more quiet envinroment. Terminal 2 is less busy and noisy, which means its easier to find a quiet place to rest at.

Is there a hotel inside MSP airport?

There is a hotel located on-site at MSP airport called InterContinental MSP Airport Hotel. You can access the hotel by taking the hotel shuttle, if you’re coming from the terminals you can also enter the hotel through the secure exit near gate C25.

What is the cheapest parking at MSP?

The cheapest parking option at MSP is Quick Ride Ramp for $19 per day. An even cheaper alternative are hotel parking lots located less than two miles away from the airport starting at $7.95/day including free shuttle service.

How do you pick someone up at MSP airport?

You can pick up someome for free using the Cell Phone Waiting Lot. It’s located on Post Rd between the two terminals and is intended for short-term use. You’re not allowed to leave your vehicle while parking there.