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Visiting Scholars: Local Travel Information: Travel to East Lansing

Airport and train station codes

Which airport should you fly to? 

Our nearby Lansing airport is small and has limited passenger service. Flying there directly may increase the cost of your ticket considerably. Be sure to compare the price for flying directly to Lansing with the price for flying to Detroit and taking ground transportation from Detroit to Lansing.

LAN - Lansing Capital Region Airport

Lansing Capital Region Airport (LAN) - 9 miles from MSU

Flying directly to Lansing is not recommended unless you plan to rent a car or have a local contact who will drive you to and from the airport.

The cab fare from Lansing airport to the MSU campus is typically $25 to $30, not including a tip. Because the airport is so small, cabs don't typically wait there for passengers, and sometimes even calling a cab to the airport means a significant wait. Travelers should also be prepared to request a ride through Uber or Lyft.

Our local public bus service is called CATA. There is no direct service between the airport and campus, but route #14 runs from the airport to the CATA Transportation Center in downtown Lansing. From there you would transfer to route #1, which runs past the MSU campus along Grand River Avenue. For the shortest walk to the MSU Library, ask to be let off at the MSU Union.

A one-way fare on CATA is $1.25. The fare boxes take coins and bills, but do not give change. You must ask for a transfer card when you board the #14 bus at the airport. Use that when you transfer to the #1 bus.

DTW - Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Detroit Metro (DTW) - 90 miles from MSU

The Michigan Flyer bus service is very reliable and stops in downtown East Lansing, 0.1 mile from the edge of campus or 0.5 mile from the Main Library.

For many travelers, this is the best choice. Use the Michigan Flyer bus service to travel between Detroit Metro airport and East Lansing. Round-trip tickets between East Lansing and the airport are $54 if paid in advance online.

The Flyer stops at both Detroit Metro terminals (North Terminal, McNamara Terminal). The stop in East Lansing is the Marriott East Lansing at University Place,  303 M.A.C. Avenue, one block from the north edge of campus. The trip to East Lansing is a little over two hours. 

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