Rochester City Lines is the provider of public bus transportation. Bus stops are easily identified by the red and yellow signs located at all bus stops. These signs are located where it is safe for the bus to stop. If there is no stop nearby, halt the bus at a street corner by waving to the driver.
Each bus route is clearly indicated on the destination sign visible through the front windshield on the dashboard of the bus. The destination sign specifies the route and the direction the bus will travel. Bus schedules run Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Evening routes run 7:15 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. Saturday bus service runs 8:15 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. No bus service on Sunday.
Bus fare is $1.00 per single ride cash ticket, $.50 for youth 6-18 years. One free transfer per trip issued to fare-paying riders at time of boarding. This transfer must be completed using the first available bus to complete your one-way trip.
Check the website for the routes and times.
Rochester has a small airport for commercial domestic flights and international charter flights.
It is very small but nice, surrounded by fields of corn, in a rural environment.
American Airlines has several daily flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport.
Rochester has two fantastic communication paths: Pedestrian Subways & Skyways
Rochester's downtown skyway and underground walkways give you accessibility to more than 1,700 hotel rooms, Mayo Civic Center, over 3,900 parking spaces, shopping and entertainment... all without going outside. The downtown skyways are open to the public during the following hours:
Mon.-Thursday: 6:00 a.m.-12:00 Midnight
Fridays: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
Sundays & Legal Holidays: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
If taxi service is needed, call a taxi company and they will provide at-the-door pickup. City ordinances set a minimum charge of $3.50 for each taxi load. Cab services are required to charge $1.95 for the first eighth-of-a-mile and then $1.95 for each mile after that. Good luck trying to get a taxi at 1:15 am on New Years eve but besides that have had no problems.
Great way to get to and from Minneaoplis airport with out paying to leave your car there. Much cheaper also!! Rochester Express provides a wide range of transportation services throughout Southeastern Minnesota and beyond.
Check the web-site for info and prices.
Rochester is 8 miles north of I-90 on highway US 63. 85 Miles south of Minneapolis/St Paul on highway US 52. RST is an International airport serviced by Nortwest and American Airlines and is about 7 miles south of Rochester on US 63. There are at least three campgrounds in the city which acomodate full hookup camping.
A good bus system. Clean taxicabs . Walking downtown. Rochester has an extensive system of walking/bike/rollerblade pathways which extends to virtually all areas of town, howevewr not all of the sysrtem is lighted for nighttime use.
Rochester is basicly a no brainer to get around in E/W streets N/S avenues on a grid system for the most part and the quadrants SE, SW, NW, NE will keep you oriented with the heart being at Center Street and Broadway avenue