Traveling to Grand Rapids is easy and convenient, whether by plane, train or automobile. Getting around Grand Rapids is just as pleasant, with multiple options for traversing well laid-out streets and quick travel times to every attraction in Kent County.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is easy to get around.
Photo by Experience Grand Rapids
When you fly into Grand Rapids, you’ll land at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (airport code: GRR), one of the nation’s friendliest and most efficient airports.
Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, recognized GRR in multiple categories in its 2022 Airport Service Quality awards:
GRR is served by six national airlines offering more than 100 daily nonstop routes to 30+ destinations. It sits adjacent to two major expressways, and is just a 20-25 minute drive from the wide range of hotels and meeting facilities located in downtown Grand Rapids and across the city. You can rent a car at the airport or take a taxi, rideshare, bus, hotel/motel shuttle or limousine to your destination.
If you need assistance with directions, restaurant recommendations, things to do and just about anything else, head to the Visitor Information Desk in the airport front lobby or look for the Airport Ambassadors in light blue coats roaming the facility – they’re eager to help!
GRR is currently in the midst of a $500 million improvement program that has already delivered terminal upgrades, new retail concepts and other passenger amenities. A new executive lounge will be unveiled in 2024 and additional enhancements are planned through 2028.
Airlines that fly into Grand Rapids:
Nonstop routes to/from Grand Rapids:
Baltimore - Washington
Chicago - Midway
Chicago - O'Hare
Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Fort Lauderdale (seasonal)
Fort Myers (seasonal)
Los Angeles (seasonal)
New York - LaGuardia
New York - Newark
Orlando International (seasonal)
Orlando - Sanford
Phoenix - Sky Harbor (seasonal)
Portland, OR (seasonal)
Punta Gorda (seasonal)
Savannah/Hilton Head (seasonal)
Tampa International (seasonal)
Washington, DC - Reagan
Driving to Grand Rapids from any point in Michigan is easy and direct. The city is located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, so drivers can access the city from the north, east, south and west. Once you reach the metro area, every sector of the region – from downtown GR to outlying suburbs – is within a 10-20 minute drive. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from Michigan’s major population areas:
From the north or south
From the east
From the west
Driving to Grand Rapids from other states is easy and direct via interstate highways. The city is located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, so drivers can access the city from the north, east, south and west. Once you reach the metro area, every sector of the region – from downtown GR to outlying suburbs – is within a 10-20 minute drive. Grand Rapids is within a day’s drive of half the U.S. populations and a few hours from the Midwest’s major population areas:
If you don’t arrive by car, or you’d prefer to keep your vehicle parked in one spot while you explore the city, there are plenty of other ways to get around town – including our award-winning Rapid bus system (which includes the free DASH downtown bus), Uber, Lyft and taxi services. Scroll down to see all your options.
The Downtown Area Shuttle, or DASH, is a system of bright pink buses connecting key downtown Grand Rapids locations and parking lots. DASH provides visitors and residents a convenient way to travel to…
The vast majority of Grand Rapids/Kent County hotels, restaurants, shops and other attractions offer plenty of free parking. Downtown Grand Rapids is the exception – in cost, not abundance. With thousands of available public spaces on streets and in garages, downtown parking is convenient but generally fee-based. Each downtown hotel offers its own parking, and DeVos Place has 700 spaces for people attending its conventions, trade shows, concerts and stage shows. Several parking structures offer electric car charging.
Consult these maps to assist you in driving, parking, biking, hiking and locating specific attractions in and around Grand Rapids/Kent County.
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