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History has left Detroit with a wealth of attractive architecture and some excellent museums and galleries, but this city is the furthest thing from being stuck in the past. Motor City has been shaping American and global culture since the advent of the automotive assembly line and the Motown sound revolution, and it’s still pushing the boundaries today. It’s a business, cultural and economic hub, and a major player in the entertainment industry. It stands to reason that more and more visitors are making their way to this electric powerhouse of a city.

Find the cheapest flights to Detroit using our convenient flight search tool above. Whether you’re into the culture, sport, art or music scene, or just want to live it up in the real Rock City, Detroit is a town that’s bound to impress.

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Why visit Detroit?

  • Spend the day at Detroit’s very own Central Park. Belle Isle is a beautiful island-park complete with an aquarium, zoo, yacht club and much more, it is definitely worth the visit
  • Explore Detroit’s magnificent art culture by visiting The Detroit Institute of Arts which has a representative cross-section of man’s artistic creation from the earliest cultures to the present day
  • For all those foodies out there, the Eastern Market is the best place to be, it is one of the largest open market in the country, filled with freshly baked goods and fresh fruit it is the best way to spend a sunny day in Detroit
US Dollar ($)
Dialing Code:
00 + 1 + Area Code + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.07 $
Time Zone:
Standard time, UTC -5 (7 hours behind South Africa); summer, UTC -4 (daylight savings time, 6 hours behind South Africa.
Drives on the right
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
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Type A/B (voltage- 120V: frequency- 60Hz)

The best time to visit Detroit would be during April-May and October-November. During these autumn and spring months boast the best weather to explore the city of Detroit. June till September are usually very busy months in Detroit and extremely hot as well.

The most spoken languages in Detroit include English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Chinese and French.

  • New York Central Park in New York City and Belle Isle Park in Detroit were both designed by the same guy (Frederick Law Olmsted).
  • Detroit holds the Potato Chip Capital title. On average, Detroiters consume 7 pounds of chips a year. The rest of the country eats an estimated 4 pounds annually.
  • Detroit is the oldest city west of the original thirteen colonies on this side of the Mississippi.

Detroit is huge, and you’ll be hard pressed to see it all, but there are some neighbourhoods that simply have to be visited. Corktown is the oldest, settled by Irish Immigrants from Cork, and many of Detroit’s historic landmarks are found here. Greektown wins on fame, however, and its abundance of Greek restaurants, and renowned Greek Casinos make it a popular stop for most visitors. Mexicantown is another fun area, with some fabulous Mexican restaurants to spice up your day. If you’d prefer something a little quieter, rather visit Woodbridge. Its elegant Victorian homes escaped the city decay a few decades ago, and are a lovely reminder of the Detroit of old.

There are plenty of museums to visit as well, but the favourites tend to be the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Hitsville USA is also worth a visit if you’re a fan of Motown and want to see where it all began.

Casinos are a huge part of Detroit’s appeal, and a night at the tables is a lot of fun. You’ll also find some great concerts and events gracing Detroit’s arenas, and the music scene is huge. There are a multitude of clubs and bars throughout the metropolitan area, so you can always end your night with a bit of a boogie, and a glass or two of your personal poison.

If you’re planning to have a few, you’ll want to find a ride home. Detroit’s elevated rail, the People Mover, only covers a 3 mile inner-city loop, so if you’re staying further out you’ll need to call a cab or take the bus. During the day it’s generally more convenient to hire a car and drive yourself. The roads are usually easier to navigate than the rather opaque bus routes.

Before you leave Detroit, don’t forget to grab some souvenirs. For edible gifts try Sanders Hot Fudge, Mucky Duck mustard or some local Michigan wine.

Detroit has its good and bad sides. Most of the tourist attractions are safe in the downtown and midtown neighbourhoods. Unlike the inner city, suburban Detroit is remarkably safe and has several sights worth seeing. The unsafe suburban areas are typically far away from any tourist attractions and have little to no interest for the typical traveller.

Detroit has some of the best cuisine excursions that are certainly worth the visit, from the Coney Dog which is the best-loved food in all Detroit, to the square pizza pie from Buddy’s Pizza and not forgetting the delicious Paczki. Detroit is a hub of flavours that are waiting to be explored.

The best restaurants to try when in this beautiful city include:

  • Slows Bar BQ
  • Roast
  • Mudgie’s
  • Green Dot Stables
  • Fishbone’s
  • The most followed religion in Detroit is Christianity, with the majority of people affiliating themselves with the Catholic faith. There are various other faiths that make up this city from Jewish, to eastern faiths and Islamic faiths.

    South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Detroit, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

    Address: 19675 Stratford Road Detroit, MI 48221 United States
    Telephone: (+1) (313) 864-0840
    Fax: (+1) (313) 864-6760

    Item Cape Town Johannesburg Detroit
    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 160.88
    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 43.57
    Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 50.24
    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 13.33
    Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 93.84

    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – DTW is the commercial airport that's used for Detroit

    Food and beverage: Caribou Coffee, Coffee Beanery, Starbucks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

    Currency Exchange: ICE Currency Exchange has kiosks in both the terminals, pre and post security.

    Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost and found within the airport terminals, excluding TSA screening points, are handled by the WCAA Police. Claims can be filed online.

    Airport Hotels: The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel is located in the McNamara Terminal, and offers luxurious four start accommodation.

    Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

    Airport Hub: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (code DTW) is a hub for Delta Air Lines and Spirit Airlines.

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    The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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