Cheap flights to Detroit for 2021 | finder.com.au

Cheap flights to Detroit for 2021

Find flight deals and cheap options to get to Detroit from Australia.

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

Detroit has reinvented itself in recent years, making it an exciting place to visit. The Great Lakes country experiences hot summers and icy winters, so it's most popular during the summer months. It's possible to find flight deals all year round, but if you enjoy snow, we recommend going during winter.

Detroit is known as the "Motor City"and the best way to get around is by car. The city is the original state capital of Michigan and is right on the border with Canada. It's a great place to base yourself, with Toronto in one direction and Chicago in the other.

Cheap flights to Detroit

Skyscanner Skyscanner

Flights to USA from $484 return

Available on select flight dates to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, New York, Las Vegas and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Honolulu with Jetstar.

Last verified

Deal ends

SmartFares SmartFares

Up to 25% off business class flights

Available on select travel dates to USA and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

SmartFares SmartFares

Up to 20% off booking with code

Available on select travel dates for seniors. Destinations include USA and more. T&Cs may apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Priceline.com Priceline.com

Up to 50% off worldwide flights

Available on select dates when you book Express Deals. Destination include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Hotwire Hotwire

Save up to 40% off flights

Book a flight with Hotwire for up to 40% off the regular price. Destinations include USA, Canada and more.

Last verified

Qatar Airways Qatar Airways

Free change and refund fees on flights

Available on 2021 flights to London, Paris, India, Greece, USA and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Search for flights to Detroit


How much are flights to Detroit?

With Detroit Metropolitan Airport being the main airport in Michigan, here's what's considered to be a good deal compared to the average cost of a flight from Australia to Detroit.


Detroit flight time

  • From Sydney: Approximately 22 hrs + with two stopovers, landing at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne International Airport
  • From Melbourne: Approximately 24 hrs + two stopovers, landing at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne International Airport
  • From Perth: Approximately 30 hrs + with two stopovers, landing at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne International Airport
  • From Brisbane: Approximately 20 hrs + with one stopover, landing at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne International Airport

Airlines that fly to Detroit

  • Air Canada
  • Delta
  • Qantas
  • Virgin Australia

Detroit insider flight tips

  • Flights from Australia to Detroit will involve one or two stops. Virgin Australia and Delta fly via Los Angeles (LAX), Qantas flies via Dallas (DFW) and Air Canada flies via Vancouver (YVR) and Toronto (YVZ). It may be cheaper to book direct return flights to one of these hubs and then fly on a national low-cost airline such as Spirit Airlines to Detroit.
  • Chances are if you’re travelling from Australia, you intend to visit a few areas in North America. Both Toronto and Chicago are within five hours’ drive of Detroit, so it is worth comparing flights to these airports as well. Detroit itself is poorly connected with public transport, so most visitors will hire a car anyway. You can also book return flights into one airport and out from another.
  • Most often, the quickest flight deals to Detroit involve a transit through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This is a bustling airport and passengers are required to clear customs and baggage before taking the next flight, which can involve lengthy queues. Keep this in mind when booking onward travel, or you could just decide to spend some time in LA.

How to get around Detroit from the airport

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is divided into McNamara Terminal and North Terminal. The terminals are connected by a free shuttle. The airport is located 27 kilometres from the city centre. Each terminal has its own well-signed Ground Transportation Center where travellers will find pre-arranged shuttles to hotels as well as rental car agencies. Look out for taxis or “Rideshare” signs here if you are using a service such as Uber. Rental cars can be pre-booked or arranged via a courtesy phone from the baggage claim area and the Ground Transportation Center. A car rental is the easiest way to get around and there is plenty of free parking in Detroit itself.

The Motor City, unsurprisingly, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of public transport. To connect to the rail network (Amtrak), you’ll need to take a shuttle bus or a taxi to the Amtrak station, which will take around 30 minutes. AirRide is a public bus serving the Ann Arbor area of Detroit and SMART public buses run to downtown Detroit. Both services serve both terminals but are a slow way of getting around.


More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Go to site