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Detroit Guide


Better known as ‘Motor town’ or ‘Motown’, and located in the southeast of the US state of Michigan, Detroit was constructed on the flat plains of the Detroit River. Known famously for producing cars ever since the first Model T’s rolled off Henry Ford’s production line, it is an industrial city and produces some of Americas’ best R&B and soul music over the years. The most convenient way of exploring Detroit and it's suburbs is by booking car hire in Detroit. Book with us today in advance of travel to secure a booking. The majority of visitors to Detroit book car hire as their way of getting around the city.

Explore Detroit

Hire a car or take the SMART bus services for a day out at Detroit Zoo, or Greenfield Village. Book tickets in advance for cheaper prices.

Dominating the centre of Detroit is the magnificent Renaissance Center, comprised of seven large circular glass towers along the Detroit River. Surrounding the Renaissance Center are many rejuvenated historic neighborhoods including the popular Greektown. It's name follows the large influx of Greeks during the 20th Century. Here tourists will find a number of restaurants, lively bars and plenty of casinos. Take a walk to Trappers Alley, in the centre of Greektown, which was once a fur trapper's warehouse, but today is now filled with museums and shops.

A few miles north of Detroit's city centre is the Cultural Center, comprised of many museums and world-class galleries. Visit the world's largest cultural and historical African-American Museum; The Museum of African American History, located close to the Detroit Science Center.

The Detroit Historical Museum, a couple of doors away, offers an interesting history of Detroit's earlier days.

One of the highlights of the city for all music lovers is the 'Motown Museum'. Book tickets to take a tour and see the original recording studio, past newspaper clippings, photos, album covers, and gold records.

Also worth a visit is Detroit Zoo. This was one of the first zoos to have cage-less animal exhibits, The Penguin House is the most fun of all, and makes for a great family day out. Book car hire in Detroit to see these sights in your own time without having to rely on public services.


By air
Detroit is the base for Northwest Airlines, operating out of Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, 20 miles southwest of the centre. It’s a busy airport with regular services to many major US cities, as well as many European flights. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz and National hire agencies have desks in the arrivals hall. Prices are far more expensive booking on arrival, so be sure to do so in advance online with us.

By land
Shuttle services and buses from the airport to downtown Detroit are frequent and reliable, operating regularly from 6am to midnight, with fewer services beyond these times.

The Chicago-bound train stops in Ann Arbor. Amtrak rail network in the US is extensive and there are direct services from Detroit to the east and west coast, daily. Services to Chicago are even more regular, stopping off at Ann Arbor.

Greyhound provides bus services to more than 40 cities throughout Michigan, including destinations in the Upper Peninsula, as well as to other Midwest states. It’s the cheapest but least comfortable means of travel, particularly over long distances.

The People Mover is a quick, easy way around Detroit's downtown, more pleasant sites on a 3 mile elevated track.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Enterprise
  • Hertz
  • National Car Rental
  • SIXT Rent a Car
  • Thrifty


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