Getting Around

Ann Arbor’s compact scale makes it easy to find your way no matter where you’re going. Here’s where we share everything you need to know about getting to and around the city.

Wayfinding & Transportation

An aerial view of the edge of main campus and downtown Ann Arbor

In no time, Ann Arbor will be your town. Here's how to find your way:

A Michigan blue bus passes the Biomedical Science Research Building

Both U-M blue buses aka the Magic Bus and Ann Arbor city buses are free for U-M students, trainees, faculty, and staff. You'll need to swipe your MCard to ride the Ann Arbor city bus.

Campus buses run until midnight or later. Track your route with the Magic Bus app.

More on Buses

A wheelchair user enters an elevator on campus

The U-M interactive campus map includes information on accessibility for many buildings on campus, including ramps and elevator access.

Paratransit is a free service from U-M providing curb-to-curb transportation for students, faculty, and staff who qualify through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Note: Paratransit does not run on weekends.

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides a list of accessible bathrooms on campus. U-M also provides snow removal services for students with mobility needs.

Ann Arbor city buses are free with your MCard and are lift or ramp-equipped.

More on Accessibility

Ann Arbor is a Gold Level Walk Friendly Community, with a compact downtown and lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants to browse. Further afield, you'll also find walking trails throughout the city.

Find walking maps for the Michigan Medicine campus, as well as Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses.

Use the interactive campus map to find a specific place, or search by a building acronym to find your way.

More on Walking

Ann Arbor is a very bike-friendly town with 79 miles of lanes dedicated to two-wheel transportation. Commuters enjoy the freedom of zipping to their destinations and always finding a place to park.

View available bike lanes, routes and shared-use trails in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw County.

Check out the Campus Safety section for information on how to register your bike with campus security.

Finding a decent parking spot on campus can be a challenge, but for running errands around town, a car can be the best option.

Ann Arbor has Zipcar locations near the campus, as well as Uber, Lyft, and local taxi companies.

Bringing your car? Here's how to get a Michigan driver's license and a U-M parking permit.

Bringing a motorcycle or moped? Here's where to park in campus.

The Rackham Building in the snow

Follow the city’s guidelines for parking in the snow.

Take precautions when driving in the snow.

Plan for winter commuting.

Prepare your car for winter with these 12 tips.

Detroit International Airport

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is located about 35 minutes east of Ann Arbor off I-94, giving travelers easy access to any destination in the world.

You can schedule roundtrip bus service to the airport via the Michigan Flyer (also known as AirRide) for less than the cost of a taxi. Trips to or from Ann Arbor using Uber/Lyft tend to run $30-40. 

Find more info on airport transportation options.