Michigan — Transportation
Michigan Taxis and Car Rental
Visitors who want to move around Michigan will need to have a car, with the exception of trips around downtown Detroit. Even the transport options between towns is somewhat restrictive, and most of the state’s attractions lie well outside the center of any big area. Taxis are helpful for going short distances around Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor. DC Cab (+1-313-841-6500) is a good option for travel in Detroit, while Ann Arbor Cab (+1-734-272-8009) is a reliable taxi company serving the university town. Most cab companies in Michigan use meters to determine fares, which are considerably lower than in many other American states.
Renting a car is the best option for anyone who wants to get out and see the sights of Michigan. All the major US rental companies like Hertz, Enterprise and Thrifty are available at the airports and in the downtown region of every tourist town in the state. During the peak tourism seasons of summer and fall, it’s advised to book your vehicle as early as possible to lock down low rates and ensure you get the make/model you prefer.
Michigan Water Taxis
It is possible to get between Michigan and Wisconsin by car ferry, with services traveling across the Great Lakes. They only operate during the warm months, departing mainly from Milwaukee and Manitowoc in Wisconsin and arriving in Muskegon and Ludington in Michigan.
Michigan Trains and Buses
The Amtrak train has three lines that pass through Michigan on their way to destinations on the American coasts. All three routes originate in Chicago and provide a scenic travel option for people coming from the Windy City. The Blue Water line passes through Flint, Lansing, and Kalamazoo, while the Pere Marquette line runs through St Joseph and Holland on its way to Grand Rapids. The main line is the Wolverine, which links Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Detroit, and Pontiac. The People Mover is the only inner city train system operating in Michigan, and provides a fun and cheap way to get around downtown Detroit’s many attractions.
For those without a car, the Greyhound bus offers the most convenient way to travel between towns in Michigan. The cheap and frequent routes cover most regions in the state, from where you can rent a car to move around locally. Within the large cities like Detroit, mass transit busses move people between downtown and the suburbs at fares that are far lower than taxi rates.