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About Detroit

Detroit is famous among Americans for being the production point of major U.S car brands, such as General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. It is the 11th largest city in the United States with 4.5 million inhabitants. However, Detroit has been in the news lately for a different reason : it was one of the centers of the recent economic and some districts in the city resemble ghost towns, almost completely abandoned. 
Detroit, which is also the capital of the state of Michigan was established in 1701 by the French. In Detroit places such as Institute of Arts, History Museum, the Guardian Building, Comerica Park, St. Mary's Church, the Science Museum, the Zoo and the Opera House may be visited. Interesting neighboorhoods of the city include the Mexican Neighborhood, Greek Neighborhood and Indian Village founded by immigrants from other countries.
Because Detroit is a city that attracts attention with industrial production, it does not offer too many choices as a tourist. It rains every season and the winters are also harsh in Detroit. Even from time to time ice precipitation is seen. Summers are also cool. However it receives the least amount of rain between June-July. If you have time, you can stop at Niagara Falls. This place is situated on Canada's border and is arguably the world's most famous waterfall, surrounded by a natural park. 


Transportation to Detroit City Center from Airport

Detroit Metropolitan Airport, also referred to as Detroit Metro Airport, connects the city of Detroit with the rest of the country and the world. One of the most preferred transportation alternatives to get to the city center from Detroit Metro Airport, which is located 32 km away, is by taxi.

Getting to the city center from the airport usually takes about 40 to 50 minutes; the total travel time will vary depending on which method of transportation you use and the traffic conditions.

Taxis are among the most comfortable and popular transportation alternatives in the city. However, the fact that the airport is located far from the city center makes the total fare quite expensive. Renting a car is one of the most frequently preferred means of transportation by visitors to the city. The cost of renting a car in Detroit is very reasonable. The city and its surroundings are easy to navigate by car, which is one of the main reasons why renting a car is a widely preferred method of transportation.

There are various international rental car companies located at the airport, such as AVIS, Hertz, and Budget, making renting a car in the city easy and practical. It is no surprise that public transportation in Detroit is not widely used and is not very well developed since the city is known as the ‘automobile capital’ of the United States. The nearest train station in the city is located 19 km from the airport. You can get to the station by taxi or car and then take a train to other cities around Detroit.

Detroit Metro Airport offers passenger services out of two terminals, the North Terminal and McNamara Terminal. There are shuttle services that provide transportation between terminals every 10 minutes. There are many well known restaurants and cafes at the airport, like TGI Fridays and Starbucks, as well as a rich variety of venues offering delicious dishes from international cuisine, especially American cuisine and Far East cuisine.

The airport also contains currency exchange services and ATMs to meet your monetary needs, cafes, restaurants, bars, bookstores, and duty free stores where you can go shopping for a great variety of affordable products.


Buses are a convenient transportation alternative to get to the city center from Detroit Metro Airport. Buses depart from in front of both terminals and provide transportation to the city center. Bus services depart from the Ground Transportation Center at both the North Terminal and McNamara Terminal. It takes about 1 hour to get to the city center from the airport by bus.

Rental Car

Renting a car in Detroit, one of the most important automobile centers in the United States, is a very popular choice among visitors. There are many rental car companies that you can choose from, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Each company is located at the rental car campus. There is a shuttle service that provides transportation between the rental car campus and the Ground Transportation Center at each terminal.

If you are planning on renting a car in the city then we recommend booking your vehicle in advance by making a reservation online. This way your car will be ready for you when you land at Detroit Metro Airport.

Taxis and Luxury Sedans

Taxis are readily available at the terminal exit at Detroit Metro Airport and they offer both classic taxi services as well as luxury sedan services. Taxi service in the city is provided by Metro Cab and luxury sedans are provided by Metro Cars. The fares for both options are quite reasonable. However, these services are still more expensive than public transportation alternatives such as buses. You can access both vehicle options 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the Ground Transportation Center at both terminals. Taxis can be an expensive alternative if you are traveling alone. However, if you are traveling in a group or with your family then taxis are among the most comfortable and fastest transportation alternatives in Detroit.

Private Transfer

Another way to get to the city center is by private transfer. There are various companies in Detroit that offer private transfer services. The fees for these services vary according to the service company you use and the distance traveled. However, in general private transfer services are cheaper than taxi services but more expensive than bus services. Private transfer services are usually preferred by large tour groups or corporate employees traveling on business. If you want to use a private transfer service to get to the city center then you have to make a reservation in advance before you land at the airport.

Hotel Shuttles

Hotel shuttle services are not a very common or preferred transportation alternative in Detroit, however they are available as a method of transportation to get to the city center from the airport. Hotel shuttle service fees are not too high. Moreover, some hotels offer these services free of charge to their guests. If you want use this service we recommend contacting the hotel you are staying at in advance to give them information about your flight arrival time and to make a reservation.


You can easily get to the city center from the airport by car. Driving to the city center is among one of the most convenient transportation alternatives thanks to the passenger drop-off area and parking lots that offer both short-term parking and long-term parking. Parking fees at the airport are reasonable. Detroit Metro Airport also has charging stations to charge electric vehicles.

Last Updated: 06 Mar 2017

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To which airport are the flights to Detroit arranged?

Detroit flights are organized to Coleman A. Young Intl. - Coleman A. Young Municipal - Detroit City Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Willow Run Airport.

Which airlines have direct flights to Detroit from which cities?

Turkish Airlines organizes direct flights to Detroit from Istanbul. Delta Air Lines organizes direct flights to Detroit from Chicago.

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