DAX service launches 3/25 | 365 Days A Year | 16 Trips Daily | 3:30 AM - 11:00 PM | Tickets $6 In Advance + Discounts
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About DAX

The Detroit Air Xpress, or DAX for short, is a pilot express bus service, that connects Downtown Detroit to DTW airport with the city’s first express shuttle bus that runs between the two. The new bus service is an idea created by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), and operated by Michigan Flyer. This pilot service is funded by a $2.5 million grant through the Federal Highway Administration’s Carbon Reduction Program, which was administered by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
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Baggage Space
Charging Ports

Bus Stop Locations

Downtown Detroit

Located near 1119 Washington Blvd., between Michigan Avenue and State Street.

DTW Airport

Evans Terminal - Ground Transportation Center

From baggage claim go up two levels to the skywalk or one level if not picking up luggage. Cross the skywalk- enter elevators on left side  and take down to ground level. Go out doors next to elevator and find DAX in stall 1-2.

McNamara Terminal - Departures

We pickup and drop off all passengers on the Departures Level (also known as Level 3) of the McNamara Terminal. Follow signs for Municipal Transportation and Ticketing/Check-in. Our stop is just outside of Door 1 going toward the ramp. You will see a top.  

Connecting Services

Mobility Managers help people find the best transportation options that fit their needs. MyRide2 offers information and assistance when choosing a transportation provider and reserving a trip. MyRide2 is a key resource online and over the phone for different parts of the region. Contact this agency first to get specialized assistance.
Seniors, riders with disabilities, and those needing additional mobility assistance have a range of transportation options in Southeast Michigan. The links below offer additional information. Please note, the region’s regularbus routes are also accessible to seniors and riders with disabilities.

Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw & Wayne Counties



When will DAX service launch? How long will it run?
DAX launches March 25. The service will accommodate travelers to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (March Madness) games that will be played in Detroit as well as the NFL Draft. Tickets can be purchased here. The service is funded through a Carbon Reduction Program grant for one year thanks to the US and Michigan Departments of Transportation as well as Southeast Michigan Council of Government, with the potential of funding for an additional six months or more. The RTA hopes to continue this pilot with additional funding.
What will be the cost of the service? How can I book tickets?
Tickets purchased in advance will cost $6. Tickets purchased at the time of boarding will cost $8. Discounts are available for frequent riders, seniors, people with disabilities, and students. These fares match D2A2 prices and reflect public feedback which expressed a desire for a discounted rate. Tickets are available here or at the website homepage. Riders can also purchase tickets at the door, subject to availability.
When and how often will the service run?
The service will operate up to 16 roundtrips per day approximately hourly between 3:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Since people travel at all times of the year, it would operate on holidays too. The expected travel time is 30 to 50 minutes one way, depending on traffic conditions and the departure/arrival terminal. Please be aware: Upcoming construction along the route may impact travel times.
Where will the DAX service stop?
The downtown Detroit stop will be located on the west side of Washington Boulevard at the intersection with State Street. This intersection is in the heart of the hotel district, and steps from Rosa Parks Transit Center, DDOT, MoGo bike share, the People Mover, and SMART. The QLINE is several blocks away. This stop is anticipated to complement existing transit service and traffic patterns. DAX will stop at both McNamara and Evans Terminals at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). The McNamara Terminal stop will be located at the dedicated drop-off and pick-up point at Departures. The Evans Terminal stop will be located at the Ground Transportation Center.
Will DAX make stops beyond downtown Detroit and the DTW airport terminals?
Not at this time. DAX designed to be as quick and appealing to as many riders as possible, and this direct route has been identified as a priority through RTA surveys and reports. Since this is a pilot project, the RTA will study the success of this route for a one- to three-year test period. In the long term, the RTA has a strategic investment priority (strategy) of establishing more express services throughout its four-county region.
Who will operate this service?
Michigan Flyer will operate DAX. Michigan Flyer is a Michigan-based inter-city bus service that runs luxury coach buses. The service will travel along I-94 to deliver passengers from one destination to another in about 30-50 minutes.
What are the amenities for this service?
Similar to D2A2, the DAX is designed for the comfort of travelers and regular commuters. Coach buses are equipped with comfortable seats; arm- and footrests; WiFi; USB charging ports; individual lighting; a bathroom; other amenities; and ample room for each traveler. There is undercarriage storage available for luggage. The buses are ADA-compliant, can accommodate two wheelchairs, and there are lifts available for easy boarding.

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Michigan Flyer Contact Information: 333 Albert Street, Ste. 214, East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 333-0400

Information found on this website can be provided in an alternative format upon request. Please contact the Regional Transit Authority at 313-402-1020 to speak to a representative or email The RTA will do its best to provide the requested alternative format within a reasonable timeframe.

Service provided by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA).
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