Getting Around in Detroit

Seen as the spiritual home of the American automobile industry, it certainly pays to have a car when travelling between districts of Detroit.

Public transport in Detroit

Public transport in Detroit isn’t extensive, especially compared to other US cities like New York or Boston. Most residents use cars, buses and taxis to get around, and new arrivals should plan to either purchase or hire a vehicle when settling down in Detroit.


When travelling around the central business district of Detroit it might be a good idea to make use of the Detroit People Mover, an elevated rail system covering 13 stations.


A tram called the QLine traverses from both downtown and uptown Detroit.


There are bus services that connect the suburbs and city, with Greyhound Bus, Megabus and SMART all operating in Detroit.

Taxis in Detroit

Taxis are a great way to travel around Detroit, while ride-hailing services such as Uber, Zipcar and Lyft all operate in the city.

Cycling in Detroit

Sometimes it’s far easier to cycle than drive or take a taxi in Detroit, with bicycles available to rent from Wheelhouse Detroit. There is also a bike-sharing company called MoGo operating in the city, with more than 40 stations dotted throughout the main city area. There are also large bicycle communities and events such as the Hub of Detroit, Slow Roll and Detroit Critical Mass that take advantage of this generally cycle-friendly city.

Driving in Detroit

Most people in Detroit drive as there are limited options for public transport, aside from bus and taxi services. Unfortunately, the Motor City has some of the most expensive car insurance rates in the country. Because of the freeze and thaw cycle of winter, road repairs are seemingly always on the go. Just like any other big city, rush hour brings traffic jams, while there is a predictable disparity between the standard and safety of roads in poorer and richer areas. It’s also good to get to grips with the grid and spoke system so one can easily navigate the city.

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