Getting Around

There's not much in the way of public transport in Detroit, and the Motor City is still geared resolutely towards the car. Driving is not too challenging and parking is relatively easy to find, but rush hours should be avoided. To hire a car drivers must be 21 years old and have a valid driver's license; sometimes an International Driving Permit is also required. However, should visitors choose to rely on public transport, the People Mover is an elevated monorail that provides a quick and easy way to get around most of the downtown area, while DDOT buses operate a meagre inner-city service and the SMART buses serve the suburbs, but service is sparse on weekends. Taxis are a convenient form of transport and can easily be found or ordered by phone. Rideshare services include Lyft and Uber.


Detroit Airport

The airport is located 20 miles (32km) southwest of downtown Detroit.

Detroit Airport (DTW)


The airport is located 20 miles (32km) southwest of downtown Detroit.

Getting to the city

SMART public buses connect to central Detroit from the lower level near the Ground Transportation offices at the North Terminal. Taxis and sedan services are also available. There are car hire companies represented at the airport. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the city centre by car or taxi, and about 45 minutes by bus.


GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Airport Taxis

MetroCars and MetroCabs are available from the airport, and should take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the city centre.

Transfer between terminals

'Terminal-to-Terminal' vans provide a free shuttle service between the two terminals.


The main concentration of restaurants, bars, cafes, and fast food outlets are in the McNamara Terminal, although the other terminal also has bars and eateries. There are numerous shops located throughout the airport, including duty-free. ATMs, wireless internet and bureaux de change are available in both terminals. The on-site hotel offers conference and business facilities. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should inform their airline in advance.


There's plenty of parking at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Passengers will find a free shuttle service from the parking lots to the terminal buildings.