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Transfer to/from Detroit airport (DTW)

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Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Detroit airport (DTW)

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Detroit airport (DTW)

Ride-sharing - Companies offering this service pick passengers up on levels 1 and 4 of the parking garage.

Bus - SMART (Tel +1 866 962 5515) provides services to and from the airport headed to the city centre and destinations throughout southeastern Michigan. Journey time to downtown Detroit is 40-50 minutes and tickets cost USD2.00. Line 125 runs to Taylor Meijer, Southland Center, Fort Street and Larned. Bus 280 travels to Garden City Hospital, stopping at Merriman, Middlebelt and Warren, while route 261 goes to Amazon Romulus, Dearborn and Rosa Parks. They operate from 4:30 am to 11:15 pm.
The AirRide service from Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (Tel +1 734 973 6500) offers transportation to the Ann Arbor and East Lansing area, with available connections to locations inside Washtenaw County. The trip takes 2 hours and the fare is USD15.00. Buses depart from Sunday to Friday between 6:10 am and 11:30 pm and Saturdays from 6:10 am to 9:30 pm from the ground transportation centre of the North Terminal and the Departures level of the McNamara Terminal.

Car Rental Services

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Taxi - Cabs are available around the clock in the ground transportation centre of each terminal, on level 4. Official operators are Metro Cars (Tel +1 800 456 1701) and Metro Cab (Tel +1 734 997 6500). The trip to the city centre takes around 45 minutes.

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Latest updates: March 04, 2020

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Transportation Tips to/from the airport?

 
While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign.
If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.