Planning for Winter Break Travel

In a few short weeks, your student’s fall semester will be complete and they will be departing our Ann Arbor campus for their winter break destination, whether that is their permanent residence or elsewhere. 

Below we offer reminders around COVID-19 and travel, as well as highlight convenient transportation options to help your student reach their final destination or next travel hub.

COVID-19 and travel

Your student can help maintain the health and safety of their community at home and at U-M—their home away from home—through pre- and post-travel COVID-19 testing. 

Recommendations for COVID-19 testing for before and after travel depend on both your student’s vaccination status and travel destination. 

Detailed testing guidance for your student can be found in the “COVID-19 and Holiday Travel” article included in this month’s e-newsletter. 

Airport Transportation

Many students don’t have cars on campus and taxis can be expensive. The Central Student Government offers students a convenient, cost effective approach to holiday travel: Central Student Government’s airBus

CSG’s airBus service shuttles students from campus to Detroit Metro Airport. This service is only $9 to DTW and allows students to use their MCard to purchase a ticket. 

Reservations are now open for winter break 2021 travel.

airBus transports students from Ann Arbor to DTW’s North Terminal and McNamara Terminal from Tuesday, December 14 through Friday, December 17, so check the winter break 2021 schedule to reserve your seat. The shuttle runs multiple times a day, picking up at three different campus locations including North Campus, the Hill area, and State Street. 

While students cannot reserve a ride back to Ann Arbor online, your student can still ride the airBus service back by waiting at the designated Ground Transportation areas. The busses back to Ann Arbor run on Tuesday, January 4. CSG’s airBus return-to-campus service is $11. 

The Michigan Flyer is another option for transportation to and from the airport. A one-way ticket is $12 and reservations are a must. The bus stop in Ann Arbor is at Blake Transit Center and will stop at DTW’s McNamara Terminal and North Terminal.

Train & Bus Transportation

Finally, if you want to travel by bus or railroad, there are options with the Megabus and the train! Megabus picks up in Ann Arbor at the commuter lot on State Street (on the west side of S. State Street about half a mile north of E. Eisenhower Parkway), and you can travel to Chicago, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, or Toledo. If you prefer traveling via train, the Amtrak train picks up at 325 Depot Street for the Ann Arbor stop