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    Car Hire In Detroit With Auto Europe

    A city founded in 1701 with a historical background in the automotive industry which is still active. The birthplace of the car manufacturers Ford set up in 1903 and still one of the largest car manufacturers on the globe, a car hire in Detroit would be perfect to explore the city and get yourself around to view some of the cities iconic treasures such as the Motown Records museum and view the successful music collage awards on display at the original headquarter base, reminiscing on an era where music will never be the same again from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Exploring the city of Detroit with the assistance of Auto Europe making life easier for you to travel from site to site getting the chance to witness some of the most iconic sites in Detroit’s history. Make this journey a start point for an exciting road trip of adventures and explore other interesting cities like Toronto. Make sure you read the user ratings and comments posted on our Detroit car hire reviews page by some of Auto Europe's previous customers in the city.

    How is the traffic in Detroit?

    Detroit is like many other cities in the USA the hustle and bustle day and night adds to the enjoyment of being in such a lively city which never sleeps , peak hours of busy traffic are 6am till 10am and the same again in the afternoons from 3.00pm till 7.00pm. All major routes interlink all tourist destinations in and around the city of Detroit, making renting a car in Detroit a great option. The law in Detroit stands as drivers have to be 17 and over to drive in Detroit and have a duty to have their driver’s license and ID and insurance documents present when operating a motor vehicle. However do check when booking your car hire in Detroit as the supplier you have booked may have a different minimum age requirement, for further information on how to drive in the USA click here.

    Where can I park my car hire in Detroit?

    Downtown Detroit has various methods available for you to park your rental car, street parking is enforced 7am till 10pm for $1 an hour which is pretty cost effective when it comes to parking charges the only downfall is you will have to go back every hour and renew the parking meter as it is mainly aimed at short term parking stays. There is a hub of car parking facilities available throughout the city of Detroit which are safe and secure for you to leave your car there for short or long term.

    Detroit Airport

    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs of transportation around the globe; the airport is situated approximately 21.3 miles away from downtown Detroit. Regular public transport is available from downtown Detroit airports to all over the city of Detroit. The new mega airport has 2 passenger terminals and over 200 check in desks at the ready.

    Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)
    Official Name: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
    Address: Detroit MI 48242
    Telephone: (734) 247 7678
    Airlines Operating at Detroit Airport: more than 80 different airlines operate from Detroit Airport.

    What to do in Detroit

    Detroit is a colourful city surrounded by some amazing buildings with an elegance of architectural beauty from the iconic tour of the Belle Isle Park to visiting the world famous Motown Museum. Enjoy the hustle and bustle in the city or rent car in Detroit making your visit a memorable one. Make Detroit the start of an amazing road trip maybe visiting other local states as Indianapolis or the Grand Rapids.

    • The Henry Ford Museum – the birthplace of the famous car manufacturer Ford, a fun filled family day to look at some of the first ever cars off the production line. Looking at the museum of American innovation exhibits from the first civil wars to amazing features on star trek memorabilia. This is a definitely a must visit venue as it is has an absolute fortune of historical wealth on the history of the American innovation; this is a pit stop for educational and fun purpose.

    • Comerica Park – home of the Detroit Tigers in major league baseball be a part of this team and cheer them on if there is a live game being played. The atmosphere is amazing and the huge arena has a view one cannot comprehend. Also available at the park is the magnificent fly ball Ferris wheel which you have to try out if you’re not scared of heights. Full of amazing restaurants and bars to relax and take in the atmosphere ending your day by viewing the liquid firework display which is usually lit up when the Tigers score or win a game.

    • Motown Museum – visit the home which became one of the most successful record names on the planet, having artists such as The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross gracing the walls of the Motown Museum with the record hits. Listen to some of the live music being provided on tour around the museum replicating some of the geniuses who made Motown named in history.

    • Detroit Zoo – situated about 2 miles from the city north, make your day visit an exciting one plenty to do and see at the Detroit Zoo. A haven of fun filled day full of excitement for a perfect day out with the family, buy your tickets online and save yourself paying extra at the entrance. The zoo has over 2000 animals representing 230 different species an absolute amazing day, look online for the feeding times and see the polar bears being fed then maybe take a walk over to the tigers enclosure and see the baby tiger cubs.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Detroit

    Auto Europe has put together a guide a few pit stops which cannot be missed if you are visiting Detroit.

    Niagra Falls

    One of nature’s beauties you have to visit and see for yourself, it is a mind blowing experience just seeing this sight and taking in the views around, listening to the water crashing against the rocks is somewhat therapeutic and relaxing, elevators can take you down to a lower section where you would be advised to have water proofs as it a lot wetter. There is a Cliffside restaurant and café where you can sit back and enjoy your views and take it the breathe taking atmosphere.


    If you fancy a more lively evening or day out Corktown is a must, live music, bars and scattered with restaurants door to door. The area is lined up full of entertainment throughout day and night with some absolutely amazing food establishments serving up culinary delights from all backgrounds Chinese, Mexican and Japanese cuisine. Sit back enjoy the life music at one of many hip breweries around Corktown.


    Frankenmuth gives you the feeling you have been transported from Detroit USA to central Germany in seconds trot through the streets in a horse and carriage admiring the castle like built buildings surrounding you. Then maybe treat yourself to a genuine Bratwurst and maybe try some other traditional German foods like Spatzle or Sauerkraut. One of the best times to visit Frankenmuth is Christmas as the winter wonderland and German market put on a absolutely magical show which will leave you breathless.

    Screams Ice Cream From Hell

    A one stop shop for hellish enjoyment and fun, you will be spoilt for choice on what activity to take part in as there is so much on offer. If you prefer the great outdoors why not have picnic near the Pinckney State Recreation Area, you can paddle at relax at your pleasure keep your eyes peeled though for wild deers, beavers and eagles. This venue is not for the faint hearted as the catch is in the title but a must visit venue for the sheer cheesiness and fun part.

    Eastern Market

    A 19TH century monumental treasure operating in the heart of Detroit. All your needs met in one area you can buy anything from clothes to household goods to amazing food venues from all backgrounds. It would be good to check online and see which days the market is open to consumers as vast majority of this market is aimed at the wholesale market with the odd days for consumer purchasers. It is one of those venues which you have to tick off the box and visit just to soak up the atmosphere of all the live market traders shouting prices over each other trying to win business and be ready to be charmed by some of the mind blowing florists with their displays on show for all to view and purchase.

    Geographical information and history

    Antoine De La Mothe Cadillac in 1701 till the British took control in 1760 until it was handed back in 1796; Detroit was then officially set up and became the seat of government for Michigan. Detroit is located near the south eastern border of Michigan where the Detroit River separates the United States of America and Canada. Detroit was nicknamed the Motor City as its central hub of economic success behind the automotive industry with the birthplace of Ford, also having the world famous Motown Record headquarter based in Detroit where the careers of some of the most famous icons worldwide began their careers in the music industry.

    How to get around in Detroit


    Taxis are available throughout the city and of which some except card payments, this means of transport might be a little more pricey compared to the other alternatives. these brightly yellow coloured cars can be recognised as one of the main points of the hustle and bustle in downtown Detroit.


    Your tour operator can provide you with a guide to bus routes and bus stops around downtown Detroit, buses are a cost effective way of ferrying around the city at your own convenience and are also operational throughout the week and late in to the evenings.

    Car Hire

    Car rentals are widely available in and around Detroit, this means of transport puts you in the driving seat if you wish to experience driving around Detroit and also keeps you in control of where you would want to visit. Car rental in Detroit has been made easy for you with the help of Auto Europe.


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