I hope to hear from some natives of the Detroit area…
What is the best way to get a team (30-ish people) from the airport to our hotel in Downtown? I understand that there is a new public bus that will be operational by Championships, but it will be an hour ride each way. Also we will be going from the finals to the airport late Saturday night, kinda outside of the normal public transportation window.
There is talk of hiring private limo/coach services, as well as Uber/Lyft options.
But what would the locals do? Who’s got some Detroit team-transportation experience?
Well the bad news is that there are no trains or subways from Downtown to the Airport.
So offhand you could wait for details from FIRST, hire a private coach and driver locally, rent a pair of 15 passenger Vans through any rental car agency and drive yourself or the 261 SMART bus (highly unrecommended).
Once downtown you’ll be fine, the people mover (a mini train) goes around downtown and there will be shuttles between Ford Field and Cobo Hall.
I personally would put the team on a Luxury Bus from your hometown. Its 11.5 hours and then no worries about getting to hotels and back.
Thanks. We already have airplane tickets (gosh I hope we qualify!), and hotels. We are staying downtown for the competition. So far I’ve gotten other recommendations to hire a private coach or limo service, and Detroit has many.
You can get a bus from the airport to Down Town. I recommend using Google Maps. It will tell you what bus to get you to downtown. Here is a link to where you can get information: https://www.smartbus.org/
For anyone looking for parking, I recommend Qline parking in Midtown for FREE and then take the Qline into downtown. All Parking downtown will be more than $10. All privately ran lots are $20 to park. The Qline has great RocketFiber too.
I work in MidTown and take the Qline when I go downtown a lot so I don’t have to find parking down there.
What would be nice, and who knows, possibly something like this may already be in the works, is if FIRST or FIM offered a free shuttle service for teams arriving at the airport. It’s not a long distance, but it can be a bit of a hassle sometimes.
Since it sounds like your only needing transportation from the airport to downtown and not while your team is in town try Trinity Transportation. https://trinitytransportation.com/contact/ Your cheapest option would be a school bus but they also have charter busses. Our school district did away with transportation several years ago and they are who we use for all district trips. When we did our second district event we traveled about twice the distance from the airport to downtown with 2 round trips. They dropped us off each morning and picked up each afternoon no need for bus to stay it cost approx. $750 total.
We used https://www.busrates.com/ to find a charter bus service to/from the Detroit airport. It’s one of those aggregate travel sites that will show you quotes from many different companies. And there was a wide variation on costs.
If they have any more vehicles remaining for when you arrive in Detroit, I recommend you check them out. Some prices were outragious (sadly, including some of the above recommendations), wanting around $1000 each direction (for a 45 minute ride? We could just Uber everyone for less).
Skoot is going to cost us 1/5 of that. So if money is an issue…
Check with the hotel they may have a pickup van, if not i’ll check with the company that handles mist of the valet services and see if they have the big van available. I’ll see the key guys tomorrow night
I’m pretty sure the Marriott has a valet service but its loading service is in a really busy part of town, so watch out for that. The People Mover is a good idea as well, but make sure to watch your pockets: it’s nicknamed the ‘People Mugger’ for a reason.:ahh:
Side note: since the Marriott is in the GM center, you’re pretty well centered in town. All your food is there and it isn’t very far from Cobo.