Navigating Detroit

Your Ultimate Guide to Getting Around the Motor City.

Are you planning to attend the annual Tourism Academy conference in Detroit, Michigan? If so, you'll want to know the best ways to get around the city.

Detroit offers a range of transportation options to explore its vibrant downtown, cultural attractions, and more. In this guide, we'll introduce you to some of the most convenient and affordable transportation choices in the Motor City.

Detroit Air Xpress

The Detroit Air Xpress is a bus service that offers a direct route between downtown Detroit and the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Enjoy amenities such as comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, charging ports, and ample baggage space. This bus service has two stops at the DTW Airport: the Evans Terminal at the Ground Transportation Center and the McNamara Terminal at the Departures Level. The downtown Detroit stop is situated near 1119 Washington Boulevard, which is just a two-minute walk from the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

Hours of Operation: Detroit Air Xpress offers 16 roundtrips on a daily basis, running hourly from 3:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The one-way bus ride is typically 30 to 50 minutes.

Cost: Reserve your tickets in advance for $6 per person. Tickets bought at the time of boarding is $8 per person.

The Detroit People Mover

One of the most iconic ways to get around downtown Detroit is the Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system. This 2.9-mile looped system is not only quick and convenient but also offers a unique perspective of the city's skyline. With 13 stations and automatic stops at key downtown locations, including the Michigan stop near The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and the Greektown stop just steps from St. Andrews Hall, you can easily reach your desired destinations throughout the conference. The entire loop takes just about 15 minutes to complete. Here are some key details:

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. | Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. | Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: All passengers can ride for free!

The QLine

For a more leisurely and scenic ride through the heart of Detroit, hop on the QLine. This 3.3-mile circulating streetcar runs along Woodward Avenue, connecting Congress Street to West Grand Boulevard in downtown Detroit. Along the way, it will take you to exciting destinations like Ford Field (hop off at the Adelaide stop), The Detroit Institute of Arts (take the Ferry Street stop), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Canfield Street). The QLine boasts headways ranging from 8 to 12 minutes and provides access to 20 stations serving 12 locations. Luckily, you won't have to wait long for transportation as streetcars come into station every 15 minutes. Here are the QLine's key details:

Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. | Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Cost: The QLine is free for all riders.

MoGo Bike Sharing

If you're looking for a more active and eco-friendly way to explore Detroit, consider MoGo, Detroit's first public bike-sharing system. Designed for quick trips around the city, MoGo is a fun, flexible, and convenient option for getting around. With 430 bikes and 43 stations in 10 Detroit neighborhoods, MoGo provides unlimited 30-minute ride cycles after your initial payment. It's a fantastic way to explore the city at a price everyone can afford. Here’s what you need to know:

Cost: Pass As You Go Pass- $1 unlock, $0.25/min; 1 Hour Pass- $10, Explore the City Pass- an unlimited number of trips up to 60 minutes in duration and is available for three (3) days

Payment: Once you find the pass that fits you, download the Transit app and buy a pass


For those seeking even more flexibility, find various scooter rentals throughout Detroit. With user-friendly apps, you can easily locate and rent scooters, and you have the freedom to drop them off wherever is most convenient for you. The app also allows you to check the battery levels of the scooters, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Here are the essentials:

Availability: Scooters are available for rent in various locations throughout Detroit

Payment: Use the app to pay for your scooter rental -

Detroit offers a range of transportation options to suit your preferences and needs. Whether you prefer a quick and affordable ride on the People Mover or a leisurely streetcar journey on the QLine, or even if you want to explore on two wheels with MoGo or zip around the city on an e-scooter, the Motor City has you covered. For more information, check out

As you prepare for Tourism Academy in Detroit, rest assured that navigating the city is not only convenient but also an adventure in itself. Enjoy your travels in the heart of the Motor City!

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