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» Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW), Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Airtport Terminal

Here is a guide to Detroit’s Metro Airport (DTW) that can help travelers learn more about this busy airport. It starts with an introduction of where it is and why it’s an important transportation hub in the US. It also includes essential information on how to use the airport successfully. This section includes information on how to get there, which airlines serve the airport, near-by accommodations as well as information on parking. Finally, the guide includes information on transportation services and car rentals.

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Where is it? Why is Detroit Metro Airport important?

Located in Detroit’s Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood, Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is a major hub for air travel in the United States. (It serves over 35,000,000 passengers yearly.) Detroit Metro Airport is a major hub for air travel in the US for two reasons. First, it serves as one of the major connections for other US cities in the US. For example, many travelers use Detroit Metro Airport to get to smaller cities around the Midwest. It also serves as a connection for bigger cities such as Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Essential information:

Here’s a link to a Detroit Airport Map. Using this map will help you understand the guide better.

Detroit airport address: 2800 Midfield Drive, Detroit, MI 48242. Phone number: (734)-247-7678.

How to get there:

There are two easy ways to get to Detroit Metro Airport going northbound and southbound. Here they are according to which direction you’re coming from.

From the North:

--Take the Southfield Freeway south to exit 12 going towards Grand River Avenue and Fenkell Avenue.
--At the exit, turn left onto Fenkell Avenue.
--Once you approach Archdale Street, turn right.
--Once you approach the M-5/Grand River Ave. intersection, turn left.
-- Finally, once you approach Woodmont Avenue, turn right. The Airport should be right in front of you.

From the South:

--Take the Southfield Freeway north to exit 12 going towards Grand River Avenue and Fenkell Avenue.
--Turn right at M-5/Grand Avenue.
--Once you approach Woodmont Avenue, turn right. The Airport should be right in front of you.

Airlines that Serve DTW:

There are many major and regional airlines that serve this Detroit airport. Here’s a list of those airports that is divided by the terminals they serve. At the North Terminal, you’ll find these airlines: Air Canada, Air Tran, American, Frontier, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, Spirit, and United. At the McNamara Terminal, you’ll find these airlines: Air France, Continental, Delta, Northwest and KLM airlines.

Detroit airport hotels:

There are two good, reasonably priced hotels that are right next to this airport. Here is some information about them.

The Ramada Inn Romulus (31119 Flynn Dr., Romulus, MI 48174) has rooms for as lows as $50 nightly. For those travelers who only need the basics, The Ramada Inn Romulus is the perfect place for a good night’s sleep. The rooms are clean and offer basic services such as high speed Internet access, free local calls and maid service. There’s also a free Detroit airport shuttle service that makes it easy to get to the airport.

The Four Points Hotel by Sheraton (8800 Wickham Road, Romulus) features rates as low as $90 nightly. It features clean rooms with free Wi-Fi Internet service, free newspapers and a very cozy environment. The free Detroit airport shuttle that they offer is also a huge plus! While there are no frills here, you can’t beat the price for the clean, comfortable rooms that they offer.

Detroit airport parking:

Travelers have several parking options to choose from. First, there are two covered parking structures nearby-- the “Big Blue Deck” and the McNamara Terminal Parking Structure. These structures offer both short-term and long-term parking solutions. The “Big Blue Deck” is a more convenient choice for North Terminal travelers. The McNamara Terminal Parking Structure is a better choice for travelers who are coming from the McNamara Terminal. Short-term parking is also available nearby on paved lots adjacent to the main structure.


According to the airport’s website, parking rates will vary on how long you wish to park and where you’re located. Basically, you can expect to pay $3 for the first half hour, $5 for the first hour, and up to $7.00 for the first two hours. Day rates ($16-$25) are also an option for long-term parkers. In addition, look for Detroit airport parking coupons to save money. You can find them online or in your local coupon circular that arrives monthly. You can save up to 50% off the hourly or daily rate by using these coupons.

Furthermore, parking at Metro Airport has been made much easier. New “1-2-3” programs allow travelers to park in any of the 19,000 spots available and pay quickly with a credit or debit card. This makes it easier for patrons to pay for parking without having to wait in long lines to pay an attendant.

Detroit Airport Transportation:

Detroit’s airport transportation includes several options. It includes service by Detroit’s public transportation (SMART) system near the North terminal. There is also Detroit’s taxi service. The Detroit Metro Airport Taxi Association offer travelers taxi services to downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor and Troy (just to name a few). Rates will vary on how far you need to go.

Finally, most nearby hotels offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. If you only have to go to your hotel room, try using the shuttles first. It’s much cheaper that way.

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Detroit Airport Car Rental:

As one of the busiest airports in the country, Metro Airport has many car rental firms who are eager to help you. They will be located nearby on Lucas Avenue. These firms include Avis, Alamo, Hertz and Budget. Their rental rates will vary. Therefore, if possible, your best bet is to book your rentals in advance to save yourself some money.

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