Detroit Airport Parking

Let's get to the bottom of the Detroit Airport Parking mystery!  We have clear and easy to understand parking options for all of your traveling needs.  Airport terminal parking, off-site parking and park-and-stay parking is covered.  Plan and book prior to your trip to reduce stress!

DID YOU KNOW? Detroit Metro Airport is one of the world's leading air transportation hubs offering more than 1,100 flights per day!!

Driving Your Own Vehicle to the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

Driving to the Detroit Airport: If you are driving to the Detroit Airport on I-94 (runs east and west), your exit is 198 or 199 for The Big Blue Deck or McNamara Terminal Parking Garage.  If you are arriving via I-275 (runs north and south), look for Eureka Road which is exit 15.  You will see McNamara Terminal Parking Garage first.  

Driving a Rental Car to the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)


Follow the signs to your specific rental car provider's return lot.  Our example is Avis. 

Once you have parked, be sure to leave the keys in your rental car!  Sounds silly, but out of habit I tend to pocket them. 

Board the shuttle that drives around the lots and tell the driver which airlines you are flying with...Sprint, Delta, etc and they will deliver you to the correct terminal. Stash your luggage on the pictured racks in the shuttle bus.  Once you arrive at the terminal, proceed to the baggage check in location.

Important Detroit Airport Terminal Info

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) has two terminals: McNamara and North.

Delta and its SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operate from McNamara Terminal, while all other airlines operate from the North Terminal.

Using the info below:

  1. Determine which terminal you will be utilizing by selecting your airline and then finding it's corresponding terminal in blue.  
  2. Utilize the provided phone numbers for questions about your reservation or baggage.
  3. Scroll to the next photo for the terminal address and further information.

Airline, Reservation Line, Baggage Service and Terminal Information

Detroit Airport Parking-McNamara Terminal 

Park in McNamara Terminal if you are flying with:

  • AeroMexico
  • Air France
  • Delta Air Lines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic

The McNamara Terminal Parking garage is connected by a covered pedestrian walkway to the McNamara Terminal.  Cost is around $23 per day at the time of this writing.  EV charging is located on level 8.

Convenient Low Cost Parking at Options at Detroit Airport.  These can be as much half as price of Garage Parking at the terminal.

McNamara Terminal Parking Garage Address: 295 Lucas Drive, Detroit, MI  48242

McNamara Terminal's dining options are awesome!  Try P.F. Chang's (our favorite!), Longhorn Steakhouse and Chic-fil-A. I ALWAYS go to Plum Market (across from P.F. Chang) to grab fresh salmon salad behind the counter at the back to take on the plane-fresh, healthy and yummy. 

  • If you are spending the night before or after your flight, The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel (see on map above) is very close to the McNamara Terminal.  Address: 2501 Worldgateway Pl, Romulus, MI 48242

North Terminal Parking

Park in North Terminal (in the Big Blue Deck) if you are flying with:

  • Air Canada
  • AirTran Airways
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Luthansa Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines

If you are flying with Spirit and those listed above, the North Terminal Parking (The Big Blue Deck) is where you will park. This is a covered parking garage.  Upon arriving at the garage, take a ticket and immediately put it in your purse or wallet. 

  • After locking your vehicle, be sure all valuables or bags are placed in your trunk. 
  • Cost is around $13 per day at the time of this writing. 
  • EV charging is located in the Blue Deck on level 4.

After locking your vehicle, take the elevator to Level 4 and walk across the enclosed pedestrian bridge to the North Terminal.  

Big Blue Deck Address (North Terminal Parking): 1 Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, MI  48242.  

I ALWAYS take a photo of the level that I'm on so I can find my car when I return (see photos above). 

So for example, I was parked on level 5 and I took the elevator down one level to level 4 which is the walkway to the terminal. 

Detroit Airport Parking is MUCH easier if you document your progress with photos.  I even took a photo in front of the elevator pointing in the direction of my car.  You might laugh and think it's overkill, but you will thank yourself later for the extra steps because it triggers your memory when you return.

I've Parked, Found the Walkway, Now What???

YEY!  Be proud!! You are almost there!  OK....So, if you are checking bags, head to your airline counter and check your bags.  If you haven't checked in and received your ticket already, do so now.  Then proceed to the TSA checkpoint.  Be prepared to remove your shoes, laptop, ipad and jacket.  Have your ticket and ID ready. 

After passing through TSA, check your ticket for your gate number.  Be sure to head there first to check the monitor and make sure your gate hasn't changed.  

SPIRIT PASSENGERS:  Be sure to check your email upon arriving at the airport for any last minute gate changes.  Mine changed both ways.

Questions?  Contact the Airport Office

Detroit Metro Airport Office: 2500 World Gateway Place, Detroit, 48242. 734-247-7678

Detroit Airport Park and Stay Options

We have fantastic Park and Stay options that we are thrilled to share with you. It's a great option if you are driving your own vehicle and will be gone a week or so. 

Off-Site Detroit Airport Parking Options

Interested in Off-Site Detroit parking options?  We have a TON listed here with a new personal recommendation from our last trip!

Need Packing Tips? I've Done It a "Couple Times!"

I've compiled a travel packing checklist that may help you to not forget anything while packing for an upcoming trip.  I use this list if I have to pack quickly. 

But really, as long as you have your essentials-contacts, glasses and medications you can buy anything you forgot. Remembering that took a lot of pressure off while packing!

  • DO NOT wear any jeans with sparkly, rhinestone, bling covered pockets to the airport unless you want to get padded, poked and prodded at the TSA checkpoint.  I love my sparkle jeans but I learned the hard way....numerous times. 

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