Grand Rapids Skyline

Travel Options

Air Service

Grand Rapids MapGrand 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 120 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
· Delta
· United

Transportation from Airport

Click here to view ground transportation options from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to the Amway Grand Plaza.

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)   

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.

Train:

Amtrak provides daily rail service between Chicago and Grand Rapids.