Getting Around Grand Rapids

Those traveling to Grand Rapids, Mich., from long distances will most likely utilize Gerald R. Ford International Airport en route to visiting the city and its surrounding area. The airport is located 13 miles southeast of downtown. It is the second largest airport in the state behind Detroit's Coleman A. Young International Airport.

Planes fly to this airport from 22 American cities and the Canadian city of Toronto. Only two of those cities are located west of the Rocky Mountains: Las Vegas and Phoenix. Allegiant Air flies to both of those cities twice a week. The busiest routes out of this airport serve Chicago and Detroit.

Muskegon County Airport also serves the greater Grand Rapids area. It is located in Norton Shores, seven miles south of downtown Muskegon. Flights arrive here from Chicago on a daily basis.

Amtrak provides train service to downtown Grand Rapids. The Pere Marquette route runs 176 miles from the city to Chicago. Another stop on the route in the greater Grand Rapids area is in Holland. The other two stops on the route are in the Michigan cities of Bangor and St. Joseph.

Indian Trails is a bus company that serves cities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Buses departing Grand Rapids head to and beyond Big Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing. Greyhound operates bus service from Muskegon to Detroit through Grand Rapids.

Lake Express offers ferry service from Muskegon across Lake Michigan to Milwaukee. Service starts around May 1 and runs through October. The company has provided this service since 2004.

Interurban Transit Partnership operates The Rapid, the public bus service in the immediate Grand Rapids area. The main downtown terminal, Rapid Central Station, is also where Greyhound and Indian Trails serves Grand Rapids. It is also located less than half a mile from Grand Rapids' Amtrak station.

Muskegon Area Transit System operates nine routes throughout the Muskegon area. Service is offered every day of the week except for Sunday. Macatawa Area Express provides transportation to the Holland area with eight routes. Seven of those routes operate within the city limits of Holland.