Parents and Families

Students near a bus stop

Ann Arbor offers a variety of transportation options to support your student. Here are a few great options:

  • Ann Arbor city buses:  Students can ride city buses free by swiping their valid MCard (U-M ID card). Most bus routes originate from the downtown Blake Transit Center, and many buses also stop at the Central Campus Transit Center.  For routes and schedules, see The Ride

  • Airport transportation:

    • AirRide transports students between the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Ann Arbor at a reasonable cost. It offers frequent departures, operates year-round and is operated by AATA.

    • AirBus transports students between campus and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport during peak travel times for students, specifically before Fall break, Thanksgiving break, Winter break and Spring break. It is offered by U-M Central Student Government

  • Blue bus: Students can ride a Blue Bus at no cost. Blue buses are operated by U-M, have the “University of Michigan” written in large letters on the side and run between all Ann Arbor campuses and Michigan Medicine clinics. They also stop at commuter parking lots.

  • Ride-sharing: If your student cannot find a bus route that fits their schedule, there are ride-sharing companies, such as Lyft and Uber available in the Ann Arbor area. Your student would need to download an app to access the services.

  • Hourly car rental:  If your student needs a car for a short period of time, hourly car rental by Zipcar or Maven can be a great option for a quick shopping trip or day trip.  Rentals usually include the cost of gas and insurance.

For more information about travel options in the Ann Arbor area, the International Center has a great list of resources for students and their families.   


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August 2018 Newsletter

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