Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
- See also: air travel in the USA
Detroit Metro Airport, the second-largest hub for Delta Air Lines, is one of the busiest airports in the USA. Detroit, being a major center for the automotive industry, has good domestic connections to other US destinations and is well connected to major airports in Europe and Asia.
- McNamara Terminal: Delta, Air France, SkyTeam partners.
- North Terminal: Air Canada, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, Spirit, United
Located on the south-east quadrant of the I-94 I-275 interchange.
By rental car
All the major rental companies are located on Lucas Drive, a 10 minute free shuttle bus ride from the terminals (need to go up and down a couple of floors to get to the bridge between the terminal and the pick-up/drop-off point).
For refuelling hire car returns there is a gas station near the companies corner of Middlebelt Road and Wick Road, however is often difficult to get to a pump at busy times. Alternatives off the I-94: from the east- Telegraph Road (north of exit) and from the west- Wayne Road (south of exit).
To/from Detroit and suburbs
The public transit service to Metro Airport is, to be frank, lousy, and should only be considered as a last resort. SMART is the transit operator for suburban Detroit. Route 125 Fort St-Eureka Rd alternates between serving the McNamara and North Terminals, but no single trip will serve both terminals; each terminal is served roughly once an hour during weekdays (give or take a few minutes), one to two hours on Saturdays, and a pitiful two to three hours on Sundays. The route continues through Southgate, Wyandotte, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, and River Rouge; only during weekday rush hours does the bus continue into downtown Detroit. At all other times, downtown-bound passengers should exit the bus at Fort Street and Outer Drive (please note this is not at the terminus of Route 125, but a little before it) and transfer to a DDOT bus (DDOT is the transit operator in Detroit city proper), specifically Route 25 Jefferson/Fort. There is one other SMART route serving the airport, and that is the 280 Middlebelt South, which only serves the North Terminal and travels mostly along Middlebelt Road through Romulus, Inkster, and Garden City; the service operates hourly on weekdays and Saturdays, and about once every 70 minutes on Sundays.
To/from Ann Arbor
AirRide, a joint operation between Michigan Flyer (see below) and Ann Arbor's public transit authority, provides coach service to Ann Arbor, serving both terminals. Service operates about once every 1-2 hours daily, with more limited schedules on holidays. Fares reserved in advance are $12 one-way and $22 round trip. Walk-on fares are $15 one-way, cash only and exact change required. Advance reservations will receive seating priority.
To/from East Lansing
Michigan Flyer provides coach service to East Lansing via Ann Arbor, serving both terminals. Service operates about once every two hours daily, with more limited schedules on holidays. Fares reserved in advance are $30 one-way and $50 round trip for a single passenger, or $50 one-way and $80 round trip for two passengers. Walk-on fares are $35 one-way for a single passenger or $60 one-way for two passengers, cash only and exact change required.
There is currently no rail connection to Metro Airport. However, the SEMCOG Commuter Rail project is scheduled to establish service from the airport to Detroit and Ann Arbor by 2015.
For convenience, the McNamara Terminal and North Terminals have both domestic and international gates in the same terminal. An enclosed light rail system shuttles travelers in the McNamara Terminal. There is a free shuttle between the terminals: look for blue and white vans that say "Westin - Terminal."
- Water Feature, McNamara Terminal, Concourse A.
- Light Tunnel, McNamara Terminal, connecting concourses A and B/C.
Eat and Drink
There is a good choice of eating establishments air-side of both terminals.
Metro Airport offers unlimited free WiFi in both terminals. The free service requires users to view a 30-second advertisement every 45 minutes. Premium access with extra bandwidth allowances and no ads is available for a fee.