Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW) is one of America’s Top 10 airports in terms of passenger volume and flights to North America, South America, Europe and Japan. Along with many shops, restaurants and amenities, this attractive airport features a fast and convenient people mover running between its two large terminals. DTW AIRPORT TERMINAL MAP.
Located just 10 minutes from Downtown and favored by executives, City Airport Shuttle takes airport travelers to the heart of Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington and Atlanta. The airport also offers private access and scheduled passenger service. Taxis: Metro Cabs (800-745-5191) and Metro Cars (luxury sedans, 800-456-1701) cost $32 to $47 one-way to Downtown, respectively. They also have standard rates to educational center of Ann Arbor and business center of Farmington/Novi. Car Rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National all have a shuttle bus to the on-airport facility located at Lucas Drive. Thrifty is located off-airport in Romulus. Eastbound I-94 takes you towards downtown Detroit. Count on 30-45 minutes to reach downtown.
In late 2017, M-1 Streetcar and Detroit People Mover will connect to the train station in New Center, which serves Amtrak. Amtrak passenger service in Chicago-Gary-Kalamazoo-Ann Arbor-Detroit-Pontiac corridor has been partially speed upgraded and granted more daily trains. By 2018, this Amtrak route and will fully upgrade to 110 mph and more daily trains. For more context on this important subject, see Interstate High Speed Rail.
With the exception of the convenient Detroit People Mover circulating downtown, rail transit was an afterthought in the automotive capital of America. Fortunately, the http://M-1 Rail is scheduled to open
in mid-2017. Unfortunately, it will share is lanes with auto traffic bound to cause delays. The first line running from Downtown up Woodward Avenue sold its naming rights to be called the “QLine.” It is hoped that more Detroit streetcar/light rail lines will form a system radiating from downtown in the near future.
Detroit People Mover
This fully automated people mover provides a nice circular bird’s eye view of downtown Detroit for only 50 cents per ride; normal weekday operating hours are , with an extension to 2a on Friday; early openings and extensions of evening hours are provided to accommodate sports events, major conventions and other special events in the Central Business District; round trip on the system is approximately 15 minutes and trains run 3 to 4 minutes apart
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 6:30a-Midnight, Sat 9a-2a, Sun Noon-Midnight
A relaxing way to enjoy the downtown area from pedestrian-level; the rubber-tire trolley stops at Grand Circus Park, Michigan Ave, Lafayette Blvd, Fort Street, Cobo Center and Mariner’s Church; cash only; People Mover stations also feature unique artwork.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 6:30a-Midnight, Fri 6:30a-2a, Sat 9a-2a, Sun Noon-Midnight
Detroit Black Historic Sites Tour
Customized group tours offered by Detroit Historical Museum; reservations required
Hemisphere Educational Tours
The only black history tour of Windsor, Canada from Detroit
Detroit Princess Riverfront
Enjoy a 222-foot long authentic riverboat ride, whether booking for 1 or 1000 for private events, corporate outing, wedding, family reunion, birthday party or a fun night out
DAYS & HOURS: Thu-Sun departure times: 1p and 3:30p
ADDRESS: 201 Civic Center Drive
Diamond Jack’s River Tours
For over 20 years, Diamond Jack has provided a 90-foot ship for a narrated 2-hour cruise along Detroit River, around Belle Isle, and back to the Ambassador Bridge; departs from Hart Plaza at the downtown riverfront; June-September only
DAYS & HOURS: Thu-Sun departures: 1p and 3:30p
Detroit Freeway & Tollway Network is logical, extensive and signage is adequate. Though you have periods of fast moving traffic, count on slow traffic between DTW and Downtown during commute hours and during big event weekends in the city. The HOV lanes and traffic info displays help during commute hours.