Travel and Transportation

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The University of Michigan is located in the city of Ann Arbor, MI, just 40 minutes away from the Detroit Metro Airport. There is also an Amtrak train station within a mile of central campus. From there, it is approximately a 5 hour train ride to Union Station in Chicago.

Getting to and from the airport

There are several options for travelling between Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metro Airport. The Michigan Flyer is a shuttle bus service which takes you to the Sheraton Hotel in Ann Arbor. There are also car rental companies and several different taxi services available at the airport. To get to Ann Arbor by car, you can take I-94 West. At exit 180B, merge onto US-23 North, then take exit 37B toward Ann Arbor and merge onto Washtenaw Ave which will take you into the university's central campus.

Getting around in Ann Arbor

The U of M buses run 7 days a week and provide free transportation around the University campuses. Information on the different routes is available here. These are blue buses with "Michigan" written on them. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) has buses that can take you almost anywhere in Ann Arbor. Each ride costs $1.50 and route maps can be found here. These are white buses that say "The Ride".
Both services feature live tracking of buses via their websites:
U of M Buses
AATA Buses

Check out the University of Michigan iPhone app for the ability to track buses as well as find information regarding campus events and locations on your phone.

You can also find directions for getting to specific buildings on campus here:

For more information on transportation in and around Ann Arbor please visit: