Transportation

Located in Southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor is serviced by Greyhound, Amtrak, and "The Ride," an extensive local bus network operated by the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and free to University of Michigan students with their Mcard. The city is also a 30-minute drive from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and home to a number of cycling trails popular among amateur and seasoned cyclists alike.

Parking in Ann Arbor and on campus is often limited, and students are not advised to drive to class. However, there are several structures that offer visitor and permit parking, as well as metered street parking. Permit purchases can be made through U-M Logistics, Transportation & Parking. Visitor rates range from $1.20/hr to $1.90/hr for most structures. A list of rates for every structure is available on Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority website.

For general visitor information, visit the University's Campus Information website.

No endorsement or recommendation of any of the below companies is implied. They are provided merely as an information resource.​​​​​​

  • Airport

    Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is just a 30-minute drive from Ann Arbor. Parking is available at the airport, or travelers can use rideshare or shuttle services for transport between DTW and Ann Arbor. An easy and inexpensive service from DTW directly to the University of Michigan’s central campus is AirRide (734.707.7247), featuring a $12 fare each way and frequent departure times. Another convenient shuttle to Ann Arbor from the airport is the Ann Arbor Airport Shuttle (734.699.8500), starting at $32 one way. For travel during University breaks, Central Student Government (CSG) offers airBus service, which boards in three locations around campus. Non-reserved seats are also sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will be charged to a rider's student account. All return trips from the airport to Ann Arbor are non-reserved seats. As sometimes lower-cost alternatives, consider the smaller airports in Lansing and Toledo, both about an hour's drive away.

  • Bicycles

    Bicycles are a popular method of transportation at Michigan, and multiple bike stands are located on campus and in the downtown area to accommodate parking. As a precaution against theft, students are encouraged to use a case-hardened U-lock and register their bike with the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

  • Bus

    Local: Through a partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, University of Michigan students are permitted to ride AAATA buses for free with their Mcards. Riders can board free campus "blue" buses on the Northbound and Southbound commuter lines at the corner of State Street and South University. A number of AAATA buses also stop in the area of the Law School. Check Magic Bus for real-time University bus updates, and visit TheRide website to view current route maps, schedules, and tracking for AAATA information.

    Distance: The Greyhound Ann Arbor terminal is located one block east of Main Street, approximately one mile from Central Campus, at 325 Depot Street. For schedules and ticket information, visit the Greyhound website. Megabus also serves Ann Arbor, boarding at the U-M Park & Ride lot on State Street, and traveling to Chicago and Toledo, OH. For schedules and ticket information, visit the Megabus website.

  • Taxi

    Ann Arbor is home to multiple taxi cab companies, including the impossible-to-miss Amazing Blue Taxi, whose vehicles bear a striking resemblance to the maize-streaked helmets of the Michigan football team. Visit the Ann Arbor Convention Visitor's Bureau for a list of local companies. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are also readily available.

  • Train

    The Ann Arbor Amtrak station is located on Depot Street, approximately one mile from the Law School. Trains operate 24 hours a day and travel to cities throughout the United States and Canada. Amtrak recommends passengers call their toll-free number at 800.872.7245 for route and price information.