Getting to Detroit
Most international travelers arrive by air, while American tourists tend to come via train, bus, or car.
The Detroit Metropolitan–Wayne County Airport (DTW) (734/247-7678 or 800/642-1978, www.metroairport.com) spreads out over some 6,000 acres, 21 miles south of the city in Romulus, just off I-94 and Merriman Road. With 17 airlines, including 6 foreign, Detroit Metro offers service to more than 160 nonstop destinations. Consult the website for current carriers.
Coach service from downtown hotels to the airport is available by reservation. Typically, a one-way ride costs $41–55. For more information, contact Checker Sedan (800/351-5466, www.checkercab-det.com) or Metro Airport Taxi (800/745-5191, www.metroairporttaxi.org).
Detroit Metro has many car rental services, some on-site, others off-site but accessible via a dedicated shuttle service. For details, consult Avis (800/331-1212, www.avis.com), Budget (800/527-0700, www.budget.com), and Enterprise (800/325-8007, www.enterprise.com), or peruse the listings on the DTW website.
Amtrak (800/872-7245, www.amtrak.com) offers convenient daily service to five metro area stops: Dearborn, Detroit, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Pontiac. The downtown station is located at 11 West Baltimore Avenue in the New Center, while the suburban Dearborn stop is situated at 16121 Michigan Avenue.
Greyhound (1001 Howard St., 313/961-8011 or 800/231-2222, www.greyhound.com) serves downtown Detroit. Be extra careful at the station—it’s not located in the best part of town. Daytime arrivals and departures are always a good idea.
Many travelers arrive in the Detroit area via car. From Flint or Toledo, take I-75 to downtown Detroit. From Lansing, I-96 heads southeast toward Farmington Hills and Mexicantown. I-94 is another handy route into the city, whether you’re coming from Ann Arbor or Port Huron. Several other federal and state highways also make it easy to navigate the Motor City.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel