Travel Information

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, Michigan. The two ways to fly to East Lansing are described below. It is also possible to travel by Amtrak train or drive.

Standard Flying Route: fly into Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and then take the Michigan Flyer bus to the East Lansing Marriott stop.

The Michigan Flyer stops at both terminals at DTW before heading to East Lansing, usually with a stop in Ann Arbor along the way. The bus drops you off in Downtown East Lansing, in front of the Marriott, which is 14 minute walk from Wells Hall. The earliest bus departs DTW North terminal at 10:45 am and the latest departs at 8:15 pm. An hour between your flight landing and your bus departing is a comfortable amount of time, though 30 minutes is doable. The drivers and crew are very friendly and will even call you if you're late for boarding to see if they can wait for you. Tickets to and from East Lansing should be purchased in advance and at the same time to maximize discounts.

Alternate Flying Route: fly into Capital Region Airport (LAN) in Lansing and then take a taxi or rideshare to East Lansing.

This is a good option if you are coming from Chicago IL, Minneapolis MN, or Washington D.C. (or necessarily have a layover in one of these cities), since there are direct flights to and from Lansing. Otherwise it is probably more economical to use the standard route above. Passengers on departing flights are not allowed through security until an hour before the departure time, so it is not recommended that you get to the airport before then.

Amtrak Train: the East Lansing Amtrak Station is located southwest of the MSU campus, and is a 24 minute walk from Wells Hall.

Driving: the NSF allows reimbursement of mileage up to the cost of round-trip economy airfare. In order to be reimbursed for mileage, you will need to submit the following documentation:

(a) an invoice (or screen shot) showing the price of a round-trip economy airline ticket matching your arrival and departure dates;
(b) the address where you will start driving from (to determine total mileage);
(c) gas receipts from the drive (to document the drive).