Transportation & Travel

Public transportation


  • AATA (White Buses): Ann Arbor area public transportation system. Free to use with your M-Card. Routes and stops located throughout Ann Arbor, the University, and Ypsilanti for convenient travel to local grocery stores and other destinations. Buses run Monday through Sunday. Go to here for maps, schedules, and mobile tracker.
  • U-M Buses: U-M operated bus system free to all on campus. Buses pick up and transport to various points on Central and North Campus. Buses run Monday-Friday with limited service on weekends. Go here for maps, schedules, and mobile tracker.
  • Michigan Flyer: Shuttle service that connects Ann Arbor and East Lansing to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Tickets are much more affordable than a taxi fare, but space can be limited. Go to their website to book a trip or find a schedule.
  • D2A2A pilot express bus service connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI.
  • TheRide: In addition to fixed route buses, TheRide offers shared-ride accessible service, vanpools, express buses, and more.

Ride sharing services

Both Uber and Lyft are commonly used throughout Ann Arbor, providing safe and affordable transportation throughout the city. Download the apps for free on your mobile device.


University of Michigan offers many late night transportation options, such as SafeRide, Night Ride, State Street Ride, and more, which can be found here.


Ann Arbor is also known for being a bike-friendly city! U-M Recreational Sports offers bike rentals so students can expand their Ann Arbor exploration and even visit neighboring towns, such as Dixboro and Dexter. 


The University of Michigan is located in the heart of Ann Arbor, so walking is frequently the easiest and quickest way to travel throughout campus and central Ann Arbor.

Below is a musical overview of all of your transportation options!

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Travel within the U.S.

A comprehensive review of travel tips and resources is located on the International Center’s websiteBelow are some highlights for you to keep in mind as you consider travel during your time in the U.S.

The nearest travel hubs are:

Whenever you travel, we recommend that you:

  • Review your class schedule and the academic calendar to make sure you do not miss class.
  • Take your passport, I-20, and copies of these two documents with you. Remember to keep these documents safe!
  • Share your travel itineraries with your family and emergency contacts so they know where you are. 

For information about your arrival to Michigan, review the Arrival & Orientation page.

Travel in Southeast Michigan

  • D2A2A pilot express bus service connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI.

Travel within Michigan

Amtrak is the national passenger rail system of the Untied States. While this system provides connections to most American cities, service is slow and more ideally suited to regional transport. The Ann Arbor Amtrak Station provides connections to Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lake Huron, Battle Creek, East Lansing, and Kalamazoo, among other locations. Tickets should be purchased several weeks prior to your trip as prices increase as the departure date approaches.

Greyhound Bus Lines offers cross-country bus service as well as service between cities within Michigan. The Ann Arbor bus station is located in the Kerrytown neighborhood. You can find routes, schedules, and book tickets directly from the Greyhound web site. 

Travel in the U.S.

Prices and schedules change so quickly in the airline industry that the best idea is to call several airline companies or travel agencies or check out their websites every time you want to take a trip to see what special offers they have. Be sure to ask about frequent flier programs; most airlines will give you a free ticket after you have used that airline a certain number of times. A few online travel sites are provided below: