Transfer to/from - Detroit airport (DTW)


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


Detroit airport (DTW)


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


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 +1 517 333 0400) 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.


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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: July 26, 2022

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take them into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to leave with a little more anticipation than what is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak traffic times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay the journey to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening.
If you contract a shared transfer service, have a contact telephone number handy in case of any delay by the company. In these cases they usually already have a scheduled collection time.
If you use public transport (collective, train) take into account the schedules (weekends and holidays tend to have less frequency), if you have to change and also how to board (if you need a card or paying the driver or motorist at the moment ). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could cause complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. At some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- Here it is a little less stressful since you don't have the pressure of missing your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later at the place where you are going to stay or at the meeting point where you are trying to arrive.
Once you leave the plane, look for your suitcase and finish with the arrival procedures that are required. Then, follow the directions for public transportation or ask the airport staff.
It is very useful to find out in advance the schedules of the buses or trains in case you arrive late at night. Not all work 24 hours. The same goes for taxis. In case of using an Uber-type service, have the mobile application handy to contact the driver.
On the other hand, if you booked a private transport service, it is likely that they will 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 greater peace of mind it is advisable to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.

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