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Detroit Airport/Parking Question

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Loonar, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. Loonar

    Loonar Low-Roller

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    Flying out of Detroit this Monday for the first time. I've been reading about the "blue lot" which services the North Terminal. We're flying with Southwest. Can anybody tell me if this parking lot is easy to find/clearly marked or are there any tricks to it? Is this a recommended place to park?

    Also, we're crossing the border very early to allow time to get lost, etc, and wondered if there are any family type restaurants near the airport for breakfast. Any advice will be appreciated.
     
  2. AndyAkeko

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    There's a Big Boy restaurant on the Merriman Road exit about half a kilometre from the I-94, which has an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet or you can order from the menu if you're not as hungry. There's also a Bob Evans in that area. After breakfast you can head south on Merriman and end up right at the airport.

    Don't know much about the new parking lots. We always used to park offsite at the U.S. Park on Middlebelt Road. You can find coupons online that work out to $5/day, vs. the $10/day at the DTW blue lot.
     
  3. Nevyn

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    The blue lot is easy to find. Driving into the airport there is a straightaway stretch. You want to be towards the left hand side. There will be signs for the blue lot, and then you'll exit left for it.

    There are shuttles to various terminals, but there is a bridge right from the deck over to the north terminal, so park to the far right, and you can walk right across.
     
  4. Loonar

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    Thanks for the replies on both the restaurants and the specific info re the parking lot. With flights costing so much less out of Detroit versus Toronto, we thought we'd give this a try.
     
  5. AndyAkeko

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    One more suggestion for getting there. If you're driving from anywhere east of London to get to Detroit, it's actually a little faster to take the 402 and cross in Sarnia. Once over the bridge, just stay on I-94 all the way to Romulus.

    Of course, it's only faster if you're not stuck at the border. You can check the U.S. border wait times at http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt but generally Sarnia is less busy than Windsor.
     
  6. Loonar

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    Update - Crossed the border this morning for a late morning flight. Left really early just "in case" and yup, "just in case" happened. Border security pulled us over and we spent over an hour inside of the customs/immigration office. We weren't worried as we had allowed plenty of extra time.

    Then following the advice of Andy, we found the Bob Evans restaurant and had a great breakfast. Then off to the "blue lot". Thanks to Nevyn we ended up parking on the far right and could easily walk across into the terminal.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks to both of you for your suggestions.....they came in very handy!
     
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