Public transportation to and around Ann Arbor is very good and there is no need for a car.
The best way to get to Ann Arbor from DTW Airport is by AirRide bus. With reservation it is only $12 one way. The bus is nice and clean, and the other passengers are primarily university students. The bus has a stop at each of the two main terminals at DTW and in Ann Arbor there are two stops also. One is downtown at the main city bus terminal and the other is at the south edge of the city next to the Briarwood shopping centre.
The University of Michigan operates many convenient free bus routes which connect each of the universities campuses and buildings located throughout the city. The main hub for the university bus system is located at the Central Campus Transit Center on N. University Ave. / Geddes Ave. A second smaller hub is located on North Campus at the intersection of Bonisteel Blvd. and Murfin Ave. Medical campus shuttle buses also connect the main medical campus to the other medical buildings throughout the north and northeastern areas of the city.
The city bus system is very good and underused. Routes will take you to every corner of the city and to a few other nearby cities as well. The basic bus fare is 1.5 US Dollars and you can ask for a transfer when boarding. There are other discounts offered for frequent use.
The University of Michigan currently operates a free bus service to Detroit on Fridays and Saturdays, for students and their guests. This bus departs from the Central Campus Transit Center.
To get there you must get to Detroit by air. or train is you like.
From detriot you have to drive about 40 minutes. this is the easiest way to get there and then when there a car is nice to have. you could walk but you would walk a long long way.
For those who don't have a car, it's easy to visit Ann Arbor by train or bus. Ann Arbor also makes a nice day trip from Detroit since it's only about one hour west of Detroit by car.
Ann Arbor has such a good public bus system that it's not necessary for visitors to have a car. Bein that this is a university town, there are also lots of students dashing off to class on their bicycles.
There are shuttles from the airport or taxis all over the place.
There are University of Michigan buses but the best way is to walk. Due to one-way streets and limited parking walking is your best bet.
We drove to Michigan from Ohio. The drive was not terrible but the roads were in need of repair. As always we enjoy our roadtrips and I always feel relaxed behind the wheel.
It seemed not so easy to find a parking space in Ann Arbor, so watch out if you got a safe space, you won't want to see your car in a tow truck, huh??