Car Rental at Detroit Airport

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Detroit Airport, Detroit, USA - Michigan
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Detroit Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$55.21 / per day
Detroit Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$59.46 / per day
Detroit Airport
Intermediate SUV
Nissan Rogue or similar
Nissan Rogue
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$73.92 / per day
Detroit Airport
Premium Regular Cab Pickup
Ford F-150 or similar
Ford F-150
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$85.35 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Detroit Airport
Compact SUV
Nissan Kicks or similar
Nissan Kicks
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$86.03 / per day
Detroit Airport
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$88.23 / per day
Detroit Airport
Luxury
Buick Lacrosse or similar
Buick Lacrosse
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$72.22 / per day
Detroit Airport
Standard Elite SUV
Chevrolet Traverse or similar
Chevrolet Traverse
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$137.85 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:14 on 2024-06-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
USD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+1
Average car rental price
$82 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
40 km/h or 25 mph
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h or 45 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
10.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
$0.92 per liter or $3.48 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$0.77 per liter or $2.91 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.06 per liter or $4.01 / 1 gallon
Detroit Airport

Airport Car Rental

A cautionary tale of economic rise and fall, Detroit has returned to growing as a cultural and tourist hub over the last decade. Home to a fascinating industrial heritage, the city has also never been short of creativity, making it one of the most interesting cities in the country. These are three of its most interesting attractions:

  • Detroit International Riverfront. Home to both the Renaissance Center with its stunning highrises and many landmark buildings that have been restored to their former glory, the Riverfront is perhaps the most important symbol of the revival that Detroit is trying to achieve. Totaling about 5.5 miles (8.8 km) long, the area is also home to a number of parks and entertainment venues and frequently hosts various festivals and events.
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Black community has a long and central role in the history of Detroit and in the development of many forms of the modern culture and music that the city is famous for. From collections on historical subjects like the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement to a focus on art, the museum offers a wonderfully diverse experience. Visit its official website to learn more about the collections and hours.
  • Michigan Science Center. Another famous culture and science institute of Detroit, the MiSci is a fun place for a whole family to enjoy. In addition to expositions on various scientific topics, this museum also boasts a planetarium, an IMAX dome, and an engineering theater. The science center is located right next to the aforementioned Museum of African American History. Visit its website to learn more or buy tickets in advance.

Top international routes

  • Amsterdam
  • Paris
  • Frankfurt
  • Toronto
  • Seoul
  • Montreal
  • London
  • Punta Cana
  • Mexico City

Main airlines

The largest airline at Detroit Metro is Delta Air Lines. The airport serves as Delta’s second major hub. The airline thus provides connections to many destinations, including destinations in Asia.

The airport’s other main airlines are American and United along with the low-cost airlines Southwest, Spirit, JetBlue, and Frontier. Of these, Spirit serves the most passengers as the airport is a major focus city for the airline.

International Airlines serving the airport include Air France, Air Canada Express, Lufthansa, Aeromexico Connect, and Royal Jordanian.

Terminals

There are two terminals at Detroit Metro with a total of four concourses. The McNamara Terminal, which opened in 2012, is the larger of them with three concourses and a total of 103 gates. The terminal’s Concourse A is over a mile long and has a people mover (the ExpressTram) that takes passengers from one end to the other after secuirity. A shuttle bus runs between the terminals.

Location

Detroit Metro is located in the suburb of Romulus around 20 miles west of downtown Detroit. The drive takes around 25 minutes in normal traffic. DTW is also convenient for reaching Ann Arbor, home to the University Of Michigan. The college town is just 25 miles from the airport along I-94, a drive that takes between 30 and 50 minutes.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $55 per day
  • Medium cars - from $63 per day
  • Premium cars - from $59 per day
  • Small cars - from $64 per day
  • SUVs - from $62 per day

Car rental desks

All of the rental companies serving the airport are located at the airport along Lucas Drive. As there are no desks in the terminals, renters must follow the signs marked Ground Transportation. From there, they must take a shuttle to the rental companies’ facilities which should only take a few minutes. A shuttle also takes renters back to the Ground Transportation sections of the terminals after they drop off their rental cars.

Services and facilities

Detroit Metro has all of the services and facilities one would expect of a major international airport. This includes kids play areas and plenty of bottle filling stations. Plenty of ATMs can be found in both terminals along with currency exchanges, though as usual, you are better served to bring US Dollars with you, using an ATM, or just using your bank card as the exchanges inevitably offer rates significantly worse than that of what your bank would give you.

A Westin Hotel can be found in the McNamara Terminal. If you want a more affordable place to spend the night before an early flight, a cluster of hotels can also be found just on the other side of I-94 from the airport. Most offer free parking and many also offer a free airport shuttle if you need to drop off your rental the night before your flight.

Finally, you won’t go hungry at Detroit Metro. Plenty of dining options are available in each terminal. You can find fast food, sit down restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

Nearest gas station

The most convenient gas station when returning a rental car to the airport is a BP station located at the corner of Middlebelt Rd. and Wick Rd; however, the prices at this station are consistently one dollar per gallon more than others in the area.

A better option is a Speedway on Merriman Road north of I-94. Filling up at this station requires a circle, but the prices and service are more than worth it. When looking at a map, it may seem confusing to figure out how to reach the rental car returns when entering the airport this way, but signs along the way make it incredibly easy.
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Airport info

Rating
8.3
  • Getting to the airport 8.2
  • Check-in and departures 8.6
  • Terminal facilities 8.6
  • Wi-Fi 8.2
  • Restaurants and car rental services 8.1
  • Lounge 8.1

Detroit Airport (DTW)

  • IATA: DTW
  • ICAO: KDTW
  • Name: Detroit Airport (DTW)
  • Distance from city: 15 miles / 24.1 km

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices the lowest at Detroit Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Detroit Airport varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day at Detroit Airport
$49.86
January
$47.53
February
$72.13
March
$43.24
April
$58.18
May
$50.36
June
$59.45
July
$62.99
August
$58.06
September
$55.65
October
$44.88
November
$38.08
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car at Detroit Airport is December — when rental costs average $38.08 per day. This is 29% cheaper than the yearly average and 47% cheaper than renting a car in March (when prices average $72.13 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

For how long do renters keep their vehicles at Detroit Airport?

How long travelers keep their rental cars varies by the time of year: in February the average rental period is 12 days, while in June, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average number of rental days at Detroit Airport
6
January
12
February
7
March
10
April
8
May
5
June
6
July
7
August
7
September
6
October
10
November
9
December

What is the most popular time of year to rent a car at Detroit Airport?

Based on how many users search for a car in at Detroit Airport, travelers are most likely to rent a car at Detroit Airport in July, while they are least likely to rent in in April.
Monthly searches at Detroit Airport by pick-up date relative to the average
40%
January
40%
February
75%
March
15%
April
15%
May
216%
June
281%
July
251%
August
90%
September
85%
October
45%
November
45%
December

Car Rental Information

Popular suppliers Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, Hertz, Payless
Popular car categories Large cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Small cars
Lowest price $55 per day
Cheapest supplier Thrifty

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Dollar Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars
Dollar Honda Civic 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Chevrolet Spark 4 2 Small cars
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Honda CR-V 5 3 SUVs
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Chevrolet Impala 4 4 Premium cars
Thrifty Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
Dollar Jeep Renegade 4 2 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Australia
Nissan Rogue
December 29, 2022
We travelled between Detroit and Boston. Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake were both amazing 👍
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Payless
7.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
1
Total rental companies
9
Average daily price
$82.28
Lowest daily price
$55.21
Total cars available
567

Top 9 Suppliers at Detroit Airport in 2024

Alamo
Very good 8.7 / 12 reviews
8449341086
338 LUCAS DR,
$74 - $170
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Dollar
Very good 8 / 14 reviews
8664342226
289 Lucas Drive
$56 - $114
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
+17349423450
295 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242, United States
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 1 review
+17349413632
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, 287 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242, United States
$73 - $167
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7 / 2 reviews
+18772830898
289 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242, USA
$55 - $107
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.7
+18449341085
330 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242
$74 - $209
Working hours
Mon:05:30-23:59
Tue:05:30-23:59
Wed:05:30-23:59
Thu:05:30-23:59
Fri:05:30-23:59
Sat:05:30-23:59
Sun:05:30-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7
+17349414747
289 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
National
National
Good 7.7
+18449341087
338 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242
$75 - $211
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Payless
Payless
Good 7.5
7349410719
Building 287 Lucas Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
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