Duluth is the farthest inland port in the world, but that doesn’t slow things down. In addition to its busy international port, Duluth is easily reached by air (its international airport is just six miles from downtown) and by land via cars, buses and trains.
Located at the crossroads of three major highways and served by four Class 1 railroads, the Duluth/Superior port is one of the most efficiently, centrally located, multi-modal hubs in North America. It is ranked in the top 20 ports nationwide with over 1,000 vessel visits per year. The port provides support to a wide range of industries ranging from agriculture, forestry, mining, manufacturing, power generation and most recently, passenger cruises. Outstanding maritime services are provided at the Port of Duluth-Superior, by far the largest and busiest port on the Great Lakes.
Duluth wouldn’t be as accessible as it is without the finest urban freeway in the United States. I-35 runs through the heart of downtown with a tunneled freeway topped with beautiful gardens and parks. An $81 million I-35 Improvement Project completed in 2012 has provided long-term improvements to bridges, pavement, lights, signs and traffic barriers. Fiber optic communication lines were also installed to enhance emergency services and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
I-35 from the south, MN 61 from the north, US 2/53, I-535 from the east and US 2/53 and MN 194 (Central Entrance) from the west all provide uncomplicated entry to downtown Duluth. In addition, the city of Superior, Wisconsin is just a bridge away. Whether drivers take I-535’s 7,980-foot John A. Blatnik Memorial Bridge or U.S. Highway 2’s 8,395-foot Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge, they’ll be crossing the longest bridges in Minnesota.
The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) offers a vital public service by transporting over three million riders per year using one of the most technologically sophisticated transit systems of its size in the nation. In addition to its regular route services, the DTA offers services for disabled riders as well as its Port Town Trolley circulator between downtown Duluth, Bayfront and Canal Park during the summer months. Duluth looks forward to the construction of a new multi-modal transportation center in the heart of downtown with completion slated for 2014.
Duluth International Airport is the Region’s largest airport – only 10 minutes from downtown Duluth and 15 minutes from Superior, Wisconsin. With three airlines, it offers nonstop service to six major cities that have hundreds of connections to worldwide destinations. Allegiant Air offers twice weekly flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa and seasonal flights to Orlando-Sanford. Delta Airlines offers numerous daily flights to their Minneapolis and Detroit hubs. United Airlines offers multiple daily flights to their Chicago O’Hare hub. The airport provides safe, secure, customer friendly and progressive air transportation facilities that serve the traveling public and promote economic growth across the Region.
Railroads have long and faithfully served Duluth, connecting lake and land transportation for farmers, the taconite industry and other companies. Minnesota’s railroads rank highly for their transport of iron ore and are well known for efficient agricultural product conveyance. Four railroads connect Duluth to major markets throughout the United States and Canada: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Canadian Pacific, CN and Union Pacific.
From car to bus, airplane to railroad and the seaport in between, Duluth’s varied and accommodating transportation is unmatched throughout the Region.
DOWNTOWN DULUTH MAP