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Getting there & around

It is best to have your own wheels to get around the Motor City; public transportation is lacking, much to the automakers’ delight. Avis, Hertz and other rental agencies have offices at Metro Airport (call from the courtesy phones) and around town. The Transportation chapter has contact details.

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW; 734-247-7678; www.metroairport.com) is 15 miles southwest of Detroit. Transport options from the airport to the city are few: you can take a cab for about $45, or you can take the No 125 SMART bus ($1.50), but it takes 1½ hours to get downtown.

Greyhound (313-961-8005; 1001 Howard St) runs to various cities in Michigan and beyond, while Megabus (877-462-6342; www.megabus.com/us) runs to and from Chicago daily; call for departure points.

Amtrak (313-873-3442; 11 W Baltimore Ave) trains go thrice daily to Chicago ($27 to $67; 5½ hours). You can also head east – to New York ($75 to $142; 16 hours) or destinations en route – but you’ll first be bused to Toledo.

Transit Windsor (519-944-4111; www.citywindsor.ca/transitwindsor) operates the Tunnel Bus to Windsor, Canada. It costs $2.75 (American or Canadian) and departs from Detroit–Windsor Tunnel (on Randolph St, across from the Renaissance Center) as well as other spots downtown. Bring your passport.

The not-so-reliable Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT; 888-336-8287; www.ridedetroittransit.com) handles the pokey local bus service ($1.50). The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART; 866-962-5515; www.smartbus.org) handles service to the ’burbs ($1.50 to $2). The public library has schedules.

For cab service, call Checker Cab (313-963-7000).