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Detroit, MI Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 175
Total Sleeping Rooms 40,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,500
Committable Meeting Rooms* 30
Convention Center Space 1,144,847 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 723,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 40,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $106
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $65
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $385
*Maximum for a single hotel

Detroit, MI Airport Information

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

Approximate taxi fare: $69 USD

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, also known as Detroit Metro Airport, is the 10th busiest airport in the United States with more than 35 million passengers annually. The airport is a major Delta hub that's only a 90-minute flight – or less – from 60 percent of the country's population. Five low-cost carriers and four international carriers offer service from the airport. Its six terminals and 147 in-service gates connect Detroit to nearly 150 domestic and international destinations. Detroit Metro was awarded the 2016 Travelers' Choice Favorites awards for U.S. airports, based on feedback from the TripAdvisor community. Chicago is the leading passenger destination by capacity and New York City is the leading passenger destination by demand.

Detroit Metro has short-term and long-term parking as well as economy parking. The McNamara Terminal garage has 11,489 spaces on 10 different levels. Free shuttle service is available for travel between terminals and parking facilities.

Detroit, MI Train Information

Detroit Amtrak Station

Detroit is part of the Michigan Services Amtrak route, which serves station across Michigan and in Indiana and Illinois. Detroit's station is serviced by the Wolverine train, which offers daily service between Pontiac, Michigan, and Chicago. Other stops include Michigan cities Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Jackson, and Michigan City.

Detroit, MI Ground Transportation

Detroit Department of Transportation Buses

Established in 1922, the Detroit Department of Transportation is the largest bus transit carrier in the state with its 52 fixed-route lines seeing an average daily ridership of 133,996 people. Marked by green and yellow stripes, the buses travel 52 routes across the city. One-way adult fare is $1.50 and one-way senior fare is $0.50. Reduced fares are offered for students and Medicare cardholders, and fare for children under 44 inches tall with an adult is free. Monthly, biweekly and weekly GoPass packages are available.


Nearly 225,000 people take advantage of Detroit's Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) buses each week. SMART serves suburban Detroit, and its fleet of 640 buses offers fixed-route, connector and community transit services to 7,000 bus stops in the Detroit area. All buses are wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned. Regular fixed-route daily fares are $1 for children ages 6-18 and students $1.50 for adults and $0.50 for seniors and people with disabilities. Fixed-rate buses run approximately 23 hours a day, seven days a week.

Detroit People Mover

The Detroit People Mover is a fully automated light rail system that services the city's business district. The elevated rail system consists of 12 driverless vehicles that traverse 2.9 miles of track. The rail system includes 13 stations that stop at popular destinations such as the Joe Louis Arena, Times Square, Greektown, and Financial District. The People Mover operates Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to midnight, Friday from 6:30 to 2 AM, Saturday from 9 to 2 AM and Sunday from noon to midnight. Fare is $0.75 per ride. The People Mover offers unlimited ride convention passes for $1.25 per day in quantities of 100 or more.

Car Rentals

Car rental facilities are widely available in Detroit. On-site car rental companies at the Detroit Metro Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.


Metro Airport Taxi services airport travelers at the ground transportation stand at the terminals.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Ann Arbor, MI 44 mi 47 min N/A N/A
Grand Rapids, MI 160 mi 2 hr 24 min 48 min USD $334+
Cleveland, OH 167 mi 2 hr 49 min 59 min USD $248+
London, ON 209 mi 2 hr 18 min 3 hr 25 min USD $466+
Buffalo, NY 256 mi 4 hr 28 min 3 hr 46 min USD $300+
Chicago, IL 282 mi 4 hr 31 min 1 hr 9 min USD $190+
Indianapolis, IN 319 mi 4 hr 56 min 3 hr 27 min USD $318+
St. Louis, MO 550 mi 9+ hrs 1 hr USD $250+
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