The Long Haul to Motor City is Certainly Worth the Bus Fare!
The distance from Detroit Metropolitan International Airport to the city of Detroit is about 25 miles. As you can imagine it is quite costly to take a taxi or shuttle from the airport to Detroit. In a brief review of the travel options from DTW to Detroit it appears that a taxi can make the trip for $41 dollars plus tip. After significant research, I have found a great public transportation option that will get you to downtown Detroit.
The public transportation in Wayne County is called SMART. They provide the #125 bus line that travels from Detroit Metro Airport to Downtown Detroit. The upside is that the trip costs $1.50 and you don’t need to transfer in order to make it downtown. The downside is that the trip takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. The #125 bus runs every 30 minutes from 4:40 AM to 11:00 AM heading towards downtown.
IMPORTANT: The #125 alternates between the two terminals at Detroit International Airport. When the bus originates from the McNamara Terminal it does not stop at the Smith Terminal and vice versa. Be sure to check the schedule to see where to catch the bus at the airport. For example, If you find that you are coming into the Smith Terminal yet the bus is leaving from the McNamara Terminal you need to look for the “Airport Terminal to Terminal Shuttle” in order to transfer terminals to catch the bus.
The last stop for the #125 bus is at Larned & St. Antoine in downtown Detroit. This intersection is in the heart of metro Detroit and is approximately 1.7 miles from the Detroit Medical Center which encompasses Detroit Receiving Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Harper University Hospital and The VA Medical Center. I would suggest simply catching a taxi to your final destination if it is close by or preparing your trip using the Trip Planner if you want to take public transportation the entire way.