Residents of Coon Rapids work in the city, Minneapolis, St. Paul or surrounding communities, which are all easily accessible by car or public transportation. The city is connected to the metro by U.S. Highway 10 and Minnesota Highway 610 for quick access to other highways and interstates, allowing residents to reach most destinations within 25 minutes. In 2012, a city survey found the median commute time to work to be 17.0 minutes, while only ten percent of respondents reported commutes over 30 minutes.
The Northstar Commuter train makes 12 stops in Coon Rapids during weekdays and six during weekends, providing a relaxing 25 minute ride to downtown Minneapolis. The rail line offers service between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis.
Additionally, Metro Transit provides express and regular bus service within and outside the city. The Anoka County Airport supports more than 68,000 takeoffs and landings annually on its two runways of 5,000’ x 100’ and 4,855’ x 100’. The airport is the base of 407 aircraft. A freight rail of BNSF Railway runs through Coon Rapids, connecting the Twin Cities to North Dakota.