Car Rental at Detroit Airport

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

Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$98.07 per day
Compact
Nissan Kicks or similar
Nissan Kicks
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$110.47 per day
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$115.42 per day
Intermediate
Nissan Rogue or similar
Nissan Rogue
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$121.86 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$163.94 / per day
Luxury
Chrysler 300 or similar
Chrysler 300
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$115.91 / per day
Premium
Buick Regal or similar
Buick Regal
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$115.91 / per day
Premium Elite
BMW X3 or similar
BMW X3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$154.07 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:01 on 2022-05-16. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
1
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Detroit Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is a major airport serving the greater Detroit Metropolitan Area and the rest of southeastern Michigan. 

Detroit, long an overlooked travel destination, is now more popular than ever with tourists. Many of its historic buildings have been renovated and its downtown has rebounded in recent years. History buffs shouldn’t miss visiting the city both for it being the birthplace of the automobile and the fact that it was home to Motown music. New hotels and restaurants are constantly opening and Detroit is a welcoming and exciting destination. 

A rental car is the best way to get about the urban area. There are also many other places to go outside of downtown including venturing over the border to Canada. A rental car is essential for getting outside the city, as is the case in most of the United States. 

Top international routes

  • Amsterdam
  • Paris
  • Frankfurt
  • Toronto
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Montreal
  • Tokyo
  • London
  • Cancun

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 Untied 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, Luthsfansa, Aeromexico Connect, and Royal Jordanian.

Terminals

There are two terminals at Detro Metro with a total of four concourses. The McNamara Terminal, 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 that takes passengers from one end to the other. 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 $129 per day
  • Medium cars - from $118 per day
  • Vans - from $235 per day
  • Premium cars - from $127 per day
  • Small cars - from $118 per day
  • SUVs - from $142 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.

Airport info

Rating
8.2
  • Getting to the airport 6.0
  • Departure and check-in 7.4
  • Terminal facilities 7.7
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.7
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.0
  • Lounge 4.6

Detroit Airport (DTW)

  • IATA: DTW
  • ICAO: KDTW
  • Name: Detroit Airport (DTW)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 34,701,497
  • Distance from City: 15 miles / 24.1 km S of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day

Top 9 Locations near Detroit Airport

  1. 66.4 km / 41.2 miles away
  2. 78.8 km / 48.9 miles away
  3. 145.2 km / 90.2 miles away
  4. 208.6 km / 129.6 miles away
  5. 209.5 km / 130.2 miles away
  6. 272.3 km / 169.2 miles away
  7. 323.8 km / 201.2 miles away
  8. 484.1 km / 300.8 miles away
  9. 674.9 km / 419.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Detroit Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Detroit Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Detroit Airport
$49.38
January
$36.50
February
$53.96
March
$122.73
April
$52.37
May
$75.47
June
$73.00
July
August
$74.06
September
October
November
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Detroit Airport is February when prices for an Economy class start from $36.50. You can see that this is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting a car in April (when rental prices start at $122.73 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at Detroit Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in November the average rental period is 21 days, while in September, the average rental period is only 4 days.
Average Rental Length
5
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
8
October
21
November
7
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at Detroit Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Detroit Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in February.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
67%
January
54%
February
73%
March
91%
April
115%
May
170%
June
174%
July
136%
August
81%
September
90%
October
78%
November
72%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Dollar Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Avis Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
Avis Kia Soul 4 2 Medium cars
Avis Kia Rio 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Nissan Altima 4 3 Large cars
Alamo Ford F-150 4 4 Premium cars
Avis Volkswagen Jetta 4 2 Large cars
Dollar Chevrolet Malibu 2 2 Large cars
Thrifty Chevrolet Spark 2 1 Small cars
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars

Top 8 Suppliers at Detroit Airport in 2022

Alamo
Excellent 8.9 / 7 reviews
8449341086
338 LUCAS DR,
$110 - $216
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
8449341085
330 LUCAS DR
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:00
Tue:06:30-23:00
Wed:06:30-23:00
Thu:06:30-23:00
Fri:06:30-23:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:06:30-23:00
National
Excellent 8.5
+18449341087
338 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242
$121 - $226
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5 / 1 reviews
+17349413632
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, 287 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242, United States
$134 - $255
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.4
+17349414747
289B Lucas Drive
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
Excellent 8.4
+18008675309
Detroit Ap
$115 - $255
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:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Dollar
Excellent 8.4
+18664642227
334 Lucas Dr, Detroit, MI 48242
$105 - $110
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3 / 2 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
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