U-M students, faculty, and staff have access to many modes of transportation for getting to and from their engagement sites in and around Detroit.
U-M fleet vehicles are available for faculty, staff, and student organizations (with approval) to rent and can accommodate up to seven people for one or more days.
University blue bus charters are available to transport large groups on day trips. This service is available to departments or student organizations (with approval) and charters are limited to a 50-mile radius from Ann Arbor.
CEAL-Ride vehicles are available for students in LSA Community-Based Learning courses only. Students will need to complete CEAL-Ride modules and attend an online meeting before being assigned a vehicle.
Ginsberg Center vehicles are available for students in programs or student organizations that have a contract with the Ginsberg Center, and can use Ginsberg vehicles for activities related to their service.
Using U-M vehicles and services is recommended, whenever possible. If you decide to drive your personal vehicle to and from Detroit, please read the Guidelines and Resources on Engaged Michigan to make sure you know the risks involved and are prepared in the event of an accident.
D2A2 is a pilot commuter bus service connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI. The new bus service is an idea created by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), in partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) and operated by Michigan Flyer. The D2A2 service offers convenient, affordable and reliable transportation for patrons between the two cities. This service is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) is Southeast Michigan’s only regional public transportation provider, offering 47 bus routes and over 5,300 stops across Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. SMART’s fixed route services operate on weekdays, with limited weekend availability. Regional and 31-day passes are available for purchase.
Amtrak provides one-way and round-trip train rides between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Amtrak can be used for day trips, as well as prolonged travel. Many of their trains have free wi-fi. The Ann Arbor station is located at 325 Depot Street, and the Detroit station is located at 11 West Baltimore Avenue.
Greyhound offers one-way and round-trip bus rides between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Greyhound can be used for day trips, as well as prolonged travel. Many of their buses have free wi-fi. The Ann Arbor station is located at 325 Depot Street and the Detroit station is at 1001 Howard Street.
AirRide provides low-fare bus rides to and from Detroit Metro Airport. Daily round trips serve downtown Ann Arbor and two locations at each of the two DTW terminals. This service is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.