If you’re heading to the northern suburbs of Macomb or Oakland, renting a car is an option. You can also hop on a SMART bus. SMART connects the city of Detroit to its suburbs — you can catch a ride at the Rosa Parks Transit Center in downtown Detroit. The standard ride fare is $2 ($1 for youth and 50 cents for seniors.)
SMART also offers new FAST routes. This high frequency bus service connects the city to the suburbs and operates every 15-30 minutes for a quick, convenient ride to downtown Detroit.
The Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system, can help you get around downtown quickly, easily and safely. The 2.9-mile looped system has 13 stations, with automatic stops at key downtown locations.
Hours of Operation
6:30 a.m.-midnight weekdays, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Noon-midnight Sunday.
Cost: one-way fare is just $0.75.
The Detroit People Mover also offers transit passes for conventions and special events. Guests can enjoy unlimited rides around downtown Detroit for one great price. Visit the Detroit People Mover e-store here.
Paying Fare to Ride
With a People Mover Fast Pass, place the pass in your right hand (with the black stripe facing you) and walk up to the fare gate. Swipe the pass forward as if you’re pushing it through. Once the gate says “Thank You”, you are free to walk through. Passes can only be swiped through a station fare gate one time in a 15-minute interval. Once it has accepted your fare at that station, it will not register again at that location for the above period. You can, however, use the pass at any other station.
A 3.3-mile circulating streetcar running along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in downtown Detroit. The streetcar route has 20 stations serving 12 locations.
7520 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202
Bus Charters & Shuttle Services in Detroit
We’ve collected a list of all the charters and shuttle services to get you around Detroit.
Parking at Cobo Center
Cobo has 2,191 parking spaces available for a fee on a first come, first serve basis at the Cobo Roof Deck, Washington Blvd. garage, and in the Congress Street garage.
Visitor pick up and drop off is situated off of Atwater St. near the Cobo Center riverfront entrances.
Detroit Metro Airport has two main terminals, McNamara and North. Extra-wide moving walkways, shuttles between terminals, two indoor, 200-passenger trams that transport guests within the McNamara Terminal and an on-site luxury Westin hotel round out the airport’s many services.
Mi Drive is your resource for planning routes with up-to-date road construction information as well as traffic incidents and even road cameras. Get Mi Drive online and on your smartphone or mobile device.
Parking in Downtown Detroit
Here are a few resources that list publicly available parking lots, parking garages and additional information about on-street parking. Some listed provide online apps to help get you parked and on your way as quick as possible.
Average Driving Distances to Downtown Detroit (miles)
Rates vary depending on wait times, traffic and the number of people traveling.
Uber from Detroit Metro Airport to:
COBO CENTER: $30*
FORD FIELD: $30*
ALLEN PARK: $20*
*Prices collected from Uber.
Taxi from Detroit Metro Airport to:
COBO CENTER: $45*
MOUNT CLEMENS: $79*
*2017 Detroit Metro Airport Transportation