Grand Rapids provides easy accessibility and convenience. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Our Gerald R. Ford International Airport was ranked first in the category “Best Airports by Size and Region – North America (2-5 million passengers per year)” in 2016.
It’s gotten even better since, with a $45-million renovation that has upgraded everything from security checkpoints to food and dining options.
Air travel to and from Grand Rapids is quick, cost-effective and oh-so-convenient:
Driving to Grand Rapids is a snap. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from Michigan’s major population areas.
Lansing: 68 miles
Ann Arbor: 132 miles
Traverse City: 142 miles
Detroit: 154 miles
From the north or south
US 131 to exit 85B (Pearl Street)
From the east
I-96 to I-196/Downtown (slight left) to exit 77C (Ottawa Ave.)
From the west
1-96 to US 131 south to exit 85B (Pearl Street)
Driving to Grand Rapids is an easy trip from anywhere in the upper Midwest. Located at the intersections of I-96, I-196 and US-131, you have easy access to the city from north, east, south and west. Once you are in the metro area, our wide range of hotels and meeting facilities are no more than a 10-15 minute drive away. At most, Grand Rapids is only a two and a half hour trip from many major population areas.
Chicago: 175 miles
Indianapolis: 290 miles
Milwaukee: 264 miles
St. Louis: 442 miles
Amtrak provides daily rail service between Chicago and Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids has one of the nation's best transportation systems!
Fort Lauderdale (seasonal)
Fort Myers (seasonal)
New Orleans (seasonal)
Orlando International (seasonal)
Phoenix-Sky Harbor Intl. (seasonal)
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
Tampa International (seasonal)
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