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Detroit Metro Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Detroit Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

People were sleeping everywhere—hard marble floor, stairs, around the luggage carousels, ON the luggage carousels, in the middle of the luggage carousels (you normally don’t notice how useful that thingy can be). -Alex

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

What to Expect

  • A large, modern international airport with two terminals: The McNamara Terminal, which houses three concourses (Concourses A, B and C) and the North Terminal, home to Concourse D.
  • McNamara Terminal is large, bright, open and airy, with the best selection of shopping, entertainment and dining options to be found in Concourse A. Check out the cool water feature and choreographed musical “Light Tunnel”!
  • Some reviewers found Customs/Immigration at this airport to be very efficient and speedy. International arrivals baggage recheck was streamlined and easy.
  • After airport restaurants and shops close for the night (by 11:00PM), vending machines are the only in-airport snack option. Plan ahead and buy your food and drinks before the concessions close.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Reviewers describe McNamara Terminal as having lots of cozy and private little nooks for sleeping. It’s quiet at night, except for some noise from the Express Tram. Have a travel mattress and blanket handy for added comfort while you sleep!
  • One reviewer mentioned the far end of Concourse B for being a peaceful and quiet place to sleep.
    Although the North Terminal is smaller and less busy, one reviewer found it chilly and noisy from the cleaning crews and repetitive overhead announcements. If you choose to sleep in the North Terminal, have a travel blanket and some earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy!
  • One reviewer mentioned the far end of Concourse B for being a peaceful and quiet place to sleep. Near Gate B21, you will find two large leather loungers, perfect for bedding down for the night, especially if you have a blanket!
  • Although the North Terminal is smaller and less busy, one reviewer found it chilly and noisy from the cleaning crews and repetitive overhead announcements. If you choose to sleep in the North Terminal, have a travel blanket and some earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy!
  • The airport has a supply of cots/sleep pads when there are major flight delays and cancellation. See Cots below.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the McNamara Terminal and other nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Detroit Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Detroit Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Detroit airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, Concourse A, 2nd level at Express Tram North Station across from Gate A68. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$59.00) • Sky Club Membership.
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, Concourse A, 2nd level at Express Tram South Station across from Gate A18. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$59.00) • Sky Club Membership.
  • Delta Sky Club - Terminal, gate level at the link, across from Gate A38. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$59.00) • Sky Club Membership.
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, Concourse C, at gate level near the entrance to Concourse C. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$59.00) • Sky Club Membership.
  • Lufthansa Business Lounge - Location: North Terminal, Airside, Gates 7 and 8. Hours: varies. Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (US$ 39 - day pass)

Military Lounges

Michigan Freedom Center - Location: McNamara Terminal, near Delta Airlines Gate A43. Hours: 6:00AM - 12:00AM (Daily) *Lounge operates around-the-clock as needed during weather delays, canceled flights, and missed connections. Amenities: Comfortable couches and recliners, free WIFI, free snacks & beverages, microwave, laptops, books & magazines, cards, games & puzzles, a children’s play area, playpen/cribs, infant bouncy seats, wireless headsets, feather pillows, courtesy travel baskets, a triple bunk bed for sleeping, and wake-up call service. Lounge Access: open to enlisted military, military veterans, and their families.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Detroit Airport. Connect to “Detroit Airport WiFi” network.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Detroit Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

Other nearby hotels with free airport shuttles: Comfort Inn Metro Airport Fairfield Inn & Suites (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours) • Courtyard Detroit Metro Airport (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours) • Marriott Detroit Airport.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Detroit Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - McNamara Terminal: airside, A Gates • B Gates • C Gates •Parking Garage - Level 6. North Terminal: Ticket Lobby • Baggage Claim • Pedestrian Bridge to Parking Deck/Ground Transportation (Level 4) • opposite Gates D6, D17 and D26.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Diaper-changing tables and disposals are available in the airport’s Family Restrooms, located throughout the landside and airside areas of the airport.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Children's Play Area - Four locations: McNamara, airside, Gate A18 • McNamara, airside, Gate B20 • McNamara, airside, Gate C4 • North Terminal, airside, Gate D16.
  • Cots - In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots/sleep pads for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky email we receive about this, we'll also let you know that cots cannot be "reserved" and we don't know where they are kept. Please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex offers currency exchange in these locations:
    • McNamara Terminal: Departures (Central Link near A38) Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM • International Arrivals. Hours: 6:30AM - 8:30PM.
    • North Terminal: Departures (Across from D9). Hours: 5:00AM - 8:00PM • Arrivals (Baggage Claim) Hours: 9:30AM - 5:00PM, or according to international flight arrivals.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of 24-hour dining, but there are plenty of vending machines located throughout the airport, in case you get desperate.
  • Information Desk - Look for the airport ambassadors wearing their blue vests.
  • Light Tunnel - The most talked about (and photographed) feature of Detroit Metro is the colourful 700ft light tunnel that connects the Concourses B/C with Concourse A and the McNamara Terminal.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
  • Pet Relief Area - Travelling with your pet? Detroit Airport has several pet relief areas available:
    • McNamara Terminal: International Arrivals area (Lower Level) - outdoor pet relief area • near Gate A34, airside - Look for the “Service Animal Relief Area” sign.
    • North Terminal: Departures Level (Upper Level) - designated outdoor grassy areas at each end of the curb • Opposite Gate D16, airside - Look for the “Service Animal Relief Area” sign.
  • Reflection Room - Locations: McNamara Terminal, in the center Link Area upstairs above the Bud Bar and Grill • North Terminal, Airside, near Gate D16.
  • Showers - not available
  • Spa - Be Relax Spa. McNamara Terminal, Airside, at Gate A45 • North Terminal, Airside.
  • Traveler's Aid - This is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. Locations: North Terminal, Baggage Claim, in front of elevators (Hours: 8:00AM - 9:00PM) • McNamara Terminal, Concourse A, entrance to the B & C Tunnel (Hours: 8:00AM - 9:00PM).
  • Water Feature - Offering a calming oasis in the middle of the madness of a busy airport, the Water Feature is a 39-ft wide, elliptical-shaped black granite water feature that shoots water through 45 “leap frog” style devices. Location: McNamara Terminal, Concourse A.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to location:

  • North Terminal (Blue 1): 4:30AM - 8:00PM (unconfirmed)
  • North Terminal (Blue 2): 4:30AM - 8:00PM (unconfirmed)
  • McNamara Terminal (Red 2): 4:00AM - 9:30PM (unconfirmed)
  • McNamara Terminal (Red 3): 5:00AM - 9:00PM (unconfirmed)

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

For travel to the Amtrak station from the airport, it is probably best to simply hire a taxi or a shuttle. While travel via AirRide and SMART Transportation (local public bus) is possible, it will potentially take up to 6 hours with up to 7 bus/route changes.

A taxi or shuttle ride will take approximately 25 minutes, depending on additional stops and/or traffic.

Bus

AirRide is a comfortable and convenient public bus service that runs between Ann Arbor and both terminals at Detroit International Airport. A one-way fare is $12 if purchased in advance, or $15 if purchased on board (exact change required). AirRide is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit the AirRide web site.

The airport is served by two SMART public bus routes. Route 125 runs between downtown Detroit and both terminals. Route 280 runs between Garden City and the North terminal. For more information, visit the SmartBus web site.

Car Rentals

Most major car rental agencies have an onsite presence at the airport. These agencies operate at a facility located along Lucas Drive, near the northeast corner of the airport complex. Passengers can reach the facility by taking the courtesy shuttle operated by their agency of choice. Reservations should be made ahead of arrival, but can also be made by calling the agency from one of the courtesy phones located throughout the baggage claim and Ground Transportation areas. The following agencies can be found at the car rental facility: Alamo, Avis, Budget/Payless, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz/Firefly, National and Thrifty. Sixt Rent a Car is located off-site, approx. 1.5 miles from the airport.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Hotel shuttles depart from each terminal's Ground Transportation Center. Follow the "Ground Transportation" signs after picking up your luggage. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information. Here are a few hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Baymont Inn Romulus Airport   •   Comfort Inn Metro Airport   •   Courtyard Detroit Metro Airport Romulus   •   Days Inn & Suites Detroit Metro Airport Romulus   •   Detroit Metro Airport Marriott   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Metro Airport   •   Four Points by Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport   •   Hampton Inn and Suites Detroit/Airport-Romulus   •   Holiday Inn Detroit Metro Airport   •   Knights Inn Romulus Detroit Metropolitan Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Detroit Metro Airport   •   Quality Inn & Suites Romulus   •   Travelodge Romulus Detroit Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Detroit Metro Airport Romulus   •   The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Inter-Terminal Transportation

The airport provides a free shuttle service between the North and McNamara Terminals, as well as the Westin Hotel. The ride between each stop is about 2 - 7 minutes or more, depending on traffic. Passengers transiting from one terminal to another will need to allow time for re-clearing TSA screening.

Taxi

Taxis and luxury sedans are available 24 hours a day through MetroCabs and MetroCars, airport-approved service providers. No reservation is required, and both the taxis and the sedans can be found at the Ground Transportation Center of either terminal.

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Last Updated:13 March 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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