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U-M Buses. The University of Michigan operates its own line of buses that anyone can ride free of charge. Blue U-M buses have “University of Michigan” written in large letters on the side, and run between Central, South, Medical and North Campuses. U-M buses also run between the various buildings of the U-M Health System (including the East Ann Arbor Health Center) and stop at nearby parking lots For a list of routes and schedules, refer to U-M Parking and Transportation Services.

Zipcar. Zipcar is a car sharing program that lets members use cars by the hour. The hourly and daily rates include the car, gas, and insurance. To use this service, members need to be 18 or older, have a valid driver's license and have been licensed for at least one year. A U.S. driver's license is recommended but not required. For more information, rates, and Zipcar locations, see

Learn more about applying with a foreign license.

GreenRide Connect. GreenRide Connect is a web-based application that helps U-M employees find other people to share a carpool or vanpool.

Taxis. Taxis are a convenient but more expensive way to get around Ann Arbor. To request a taxi, phone the taxi company. Some taxi companies also accept texts. You can ask for a taxi as soon as possible, or some taxi companies accept advance reservations if you want the taxi to pick you up at a specific time.

Public Transportation

Bus Service. The Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) operates a bus system that services the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. University of Michigan students, faculty and staff can ride the buses for free by swiping a valid yellow MCard (University of Michigan ID).

The AATA operates two transit centers: Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor on Fourth Avenue between William and Liberty, and the Ypsilanti Transit Center, located on Pearl Street at Adams Street. Most Ann Arbor routes originate at the Blake Transit Center at 15 minutes after and 15 minutes to each hour.

See The Ride for more information about routes, how to track your bus, etc. Bus schedules are available at the transit centers, on AATA buses, at the Campus Information Center or online.

Driving and Owning a Car


Bicycling is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to get around the Ann Arbor area. For more information about purchasing a bicycle, refer to Buying a Bicycle on this web site.

U-M Parking and Transportation Services has information about Bicycling in Ann Arbor, including safe cycling, university policies, and bike routes, as well as links to other bicycling resources including City of Ann Arbor and regional bike maps.

Transportation Beyond Ann Arbor

Regional/National Buses

  • Greyhound

    • Largest provider of intercity bus transportation in the United States; also serves Canada
    • Buy tickets in advance for the cheapest fare.
  • Megabus (Chicago, IL, Grand Rapids, MI, East Lansing MI)
  • Michigan Flyer (East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit Metro Airport)


  • Amtrak
    • Inter-city passenger trains
    • Ann Arbor Amtrak station: 325 Depot Street (close to campus)

Airport Transportation: To and from DTW

  • AirRide (airport bus): Least expensive. Be sure to read the information about where to board AirRide at DTW.
  • AirBus: between U-M and DTW before and after U-M breaks (Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring)
  • Airport Shuttles: more expensive but will pick you up and drop you off at your door. Convenient if you have heavy luggage. Advance reservations usually needed; some shuttles (example: Custom Transit Shuttle) allow online reservations. The Ann Arbor Visitors Bureau has a list of airport shuttles.
  • Taxi. Most expensive. From the airport – follow the signs to Ground Transportation.


For more information about transportation in the Ann Arbor area and beyond:


Last reviewed: 05/16