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Arrival Information

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We look forward to meeting you soon! Please review the travel tips on this page carefully to help ensure that your journey to MSU goes as smoothly as possible.

Arrival Timing & Arrangements

Once you receive your DS 2019, you can arrive in the USA up to 30 days prior to the program start date printed on your DS 2019 or up to 20 days after the program start date. Choose the date that is most convenient for you in consultation with your program coordinator. Try to avoid arriving during weekends since housing offices are usually closed on weekends and you will not be able to check in at the apartment you have pre-arranged.

Our most recommended way of getting to MSU is to fly to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and take the Michigan Flyer to campus or fly to Lansing Region International Airport (LAN) via Chicago (ORD) or other major US cities.

If You Are Flying to Detroit

After arriving at the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and picking up your luggage, you will use the Michigan Flyer bus to travel to East Lansing. East Lansing will be the last stop the bus makes after leaving the airport. There are two Michigan Flyer stops at DTW: McNamara Terminal and North Terminal. It is very important that you know which terminal you are arriving and find out the correct pick up time in that terminal. 

You can find this information in this PDF. Airlines-by-DTW-terminal.pdf  Or visit Detroit Airport website for further information. For example, if you are flying with Delta Airlines, you will be arriving at McNamara Terminal. Locate Michigan Flyer's stop in the McNamara Terminal and find out the exact pick up time. If you are flying with United Airlines you will be landing in North Terminal. Find Michigan Flyer's stop and the pick up time in the North Terminal.

Getting from the Airport to MSU- Michigan Flyer Bus

It is recommended that you order your Michigan Flyer ticket in advance on the Michigan Flyer website. You don't have to print the ticket. When you arrive at the terminal, go to the bus stop, and just tell the driver your name. They will check you in electronically. If you choose to pay with cash, the fares are slightly higher and you will need exact change. It is best to pay in advance online through the link above. Make sure to arrive to your terminal before your departure time to ensure you don't miss the bus. For more information and departure timetables, refer to the Michigan Flyer schedule.

Below is pickup information according to the Michigan Flyer website. Again, it is very important that you know which terminal you are arriving and find out the correct pick up time in that terminal. You can find this information in this PDF. Airlines-by-DTW-terminal.pdf  Or visit the Detroit Airport website for further information. For more information about the Michigan Flyer, please visit their website.

At McNamara Terminal, Michigan Flyer stop is located at the south end of Ground Transportation/Public Transit parking garage Level 4. 

After you pick up your luggage, follow the signs for Ground Transportation/Public Transit. Cross the bridge walk and take an elevator or escalator down to the Ground Transportation Center. 

At North Terminal, Michigan Flyer picks up passengers in the Ground Transportation Center (GTC). Once you come down the stairs or elevator to the GTC, exit the door to your left and proceed to Stall #1. Look for the small Michigan Flyer/AirRide sign.

For more information about the Michigan Flyer, please visit their website. Note that face masks are required to be worn on the Michigan Flyer as mandated by the CDC.

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