Long layover? Mall of America!

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  1. Exiled in Express
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    The sales tax free Mall of America (MOA) is easily accessed from either MSP terminal via the light rail. Expand your dining options, do some shopping, or add a roller coaster to your layover. I would not suggest making the trip unless you have at least a 2 hour layover. Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and take 12 minutes from Terminal 1 (Lindbergh DL/AA/UA), 10 from Terminal 2 (Humphrey WN/FL/SY).

    The fare is $2.25 during peak hours and $1.75 off peak and weekends. Vending machines are available at all stations and take cash or credit cards. The ticket is valid for 2 1/2 hours from the time of purchase which will be printed on the ticket. If making a short trip you can get away with only purchasing one fare as the outbound will still be valid for the return. A city bus, #54, also makes the trip at the same price and similar ride time. This only stops at Terminal 1 and is a much less pleasant experience.

    The light rail station is under Terminal 1. If you arrive in concourses D, E,F, and lower numbered G gates the fastest route is via baggage claim, follow the signs. For A,B,C, and high G gates the fastest route is via the exit on the concourse connector bridge between C and G then go down 3 levels.

    If you need a miles fix or a promotion activity, SuperShuttle will also make the trip for under $10 each way.
     
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    For entertainment at the MOA, there's also an aquarium, some movie theaters, a big lego store, and a flight simulator which seems to emphasize war planes.

    Before leaving the airport, look for MOA coupon offers. The big department stores offer percent discount passes to out-of-town hotel guests but your out-of-state ID might work. Note that the "no sales tax" policy applies only to items that are considered clothing, not cosmetics, accessories, home items, electronics, etc. and certainly not restaurant meals.

    MOA policy requires that under 16s be accompanied by an adult after 4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. If you look under 21, be sure to have ID showing your birthdate.
     

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