Grand Rapids Travel

Air Service

Grand Rapids Map

Grand Rapids provides easy accessibility and convenience. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport, ranked by Airports Council International as one of the top five best airports in the world (by size), serves five major airlines and offers 124 daily nonstop flights. Adjacent to two major arteries, the airport is only 15-20 minutes from our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities located in the downtown district or any corner of the city.

National and regional airlines that fly to Grand Rapids are:
· Southwest
· Allegiant
· American Eagle
· Delta
· United
· U.S. Airways

Southwest Airlines

Whether coming from near or far, you can get to and from Grand Rapids on nonstop flights from 24 major market destinations:

 

 Atlanta

  Detroit

  Orlando International

 Baltimore

  Fort Lauderdale

  Orlando-Sanford

  Charlotte

  Fort Myers

  Philadelphia

  Chicago - O'Hare

  Houston

  Phoenix/Mesa

  Cincinnati

  Las Vegas

  St. Louis

  Cleveland

  Minneapollis/St. Paul

  St. Petersburg/Clearwater

  Dallas/Fort Worth

  New York - La Guardia

 Tampa International

  Denver

  New York - Newark

 Washington, DC

Transportation (Driving from in state)

Driving to Grand Rapids is a snap. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from Michigan’s major population areas.

Lansing 68 miles
Ann Arbor 132 miles
Traverse City 142 miles
Detroit 154 miles

To get to downtown:

From the north or south
US 131 to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

From the east
I-96 to I-196/Downtown (slight left) to exit 77C (Ottawa Ave.)

From the west
1-96 to US 131 south to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

Transportation (Driving from out of state)

Driving to Grand Rapids is an easy trip from anywhere in the upper Midwest. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from many major population areas.


Chicago 175 miles
Indianapolis 290 miles
Milwaukee 264 miles
St. Louis 442 miles

To get to downtown:

From the north or south
US 131 to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

From the east
I-96 to I-196/Downtown (slight left) to exit 77C (Ottawa Ave.)

From the west
1-96 to US 131 south to exit 85B (Pearl Street)

For detailed directions, see the downtown map on the next page.

By Train:

Amtrak provides daily rail service between Chicago and Grand Rapids.

When you arrive:

Parking in downtown Grand Rapids is convenient, with thousands of available public spaces. DeVos Place also has 700 additional spots. Each downtown hotel has its own parking, and several parking structures offer electric car charging.

Once you're here, you'll be amazed how easy it is to get around. Logical street layouts, clear street signs and minimal traffic make driving a breeze. Or you can let someone else to do the driving: Ride the Rapid, our safe, clean, energy-efficient public bus system.

Explore all the maps you need to drive, park, bike, hike and locate specific attractions. Review a complete list of transportation options and assistance. Also, stay up to date on the most current roadwork conditions.