Transportation and Maps

Transportation to Ann Arbor

Driving Directions

If you are driving to Ann Arbor, you will find excellent instructions at the Campus Information Center website.

Air Travel

Ann Arbor does have its own airport, but it serves primarily private planes and business jets. Plan to book a flight to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). Detroit Metro is located in the city of Romulus, about twenty-five miles east of Ann Arbor, just south of the I-94 Expressway. Check the University of Michigan's Campus Information Center for the most up-to-date information on shuttles and cabs.

By Train or Bus

You can also find additional information about traveling to Ann Arbor, including riding Amtrak or Greyhound, on the Campus Information Center website given above.

Transportation Within Ann Arbor


Main Street is considered to be downtown Ann Arbor; State Street and North, South, and East University Avenues comprise the campus shopping area. North Campus, the newest component of the University, is about three miles away from the central campus and is served by University shuttle buses on at least an hourly basis.

Getting Around

While downtown Ann Arbor and the campus area are within comfortable walking distance of each other (most destinations are within a 10- to 15-minute walk), bicycle paths, bike racks, and sidewalk ramps encourage cyclists. City buses provide limited service from off-campus areas in and around the city. University buses run every 20 minutes from North Campus to Central Campus on weekdays and every 40 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays, plus a limited evening schedule. For a schedule and other information, consult the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority website at or call 734/996-0400.


Parking is scarce and rarely free. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid bringing a car to campus. We also regret that neither ICPSR nor the University of Michigan can provide you with a daily, weekly, or monthly parking pass. If you need parking, your best bet will be to park in either the University's surface visitor parking lot at the corner of Madison and Thompson Streets ($1.00 per hour) or the City of Ann Arbor parking structure on Maynard Street ($1.20 per hour). The University visitor lot is closer to the Perry Building, location of our three-to five-day workshops, offices, library and computer labs, while the Maynard parking structure is closer to the Central Campus academic buildings where our four-week courses will meet. You can obtain campus maps from Parking and Transportation Services. Both the Perry Building and the Visitor lot are located in the bottom left corner of the map, and the Maynard Street structure is a few blocks to the north.

Alternatively, on-street metered parking is scattered on various streets in the vicinity. However vacant spots may be hard to find, limited to just a few hours, and probably aren't any closer than the above alternatives.

Finally, if you are interested in searching for free parking you are welcome to look, but you should plan to spend at least fifteen minutes each morning hunting for an open spot in nearby residential neighborhoods—with no guarantee that you'll find anything even remotely nearby.

Useful Maps

The following map resources will help you to locate our offices and facilities once you have arrived in Ann Arbor.