Detroit People Mover
Detroit People Mover
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7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Detroit People Mover (DPM) is a fully automated light rail system that operates on an elevated single-track loop in Detroit's central business district. Launched in 1987, the system’s 13 stations provide quick connections between the courts and administrative offices of several levels of government, sports arenas, exhibition centers, major hotels, and commercial, banking and retail districts. Service is frequent and unencumbered by vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and in 2024, the People Mover is operating as a fare-free transit system - no payment needed.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles883 reviews
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Hardy van Niersen
Inverness, FL42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
we visited Detroit and heard about the people mover from other tourists, and recommend it to anybody who likes to get a short overview of Downtown Detroit.
i was also able to take some really good pictures right out the front of the wagon.
Since they don't have a Big Red Bus this is a GREAT RIDE for only $0.75 :)
Written June 29, 2022
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근진 최
Suwon, South Korea1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
If I knew that the People Mover was moving around downtown, we should take that train. However, the day we visited was very cold and windy, therefore we regret we knew train so late. Anyway, we took that mover final moment, and feel so good and very convenient. Luckily, we took the mover without charge, because it was a free serving period, even though it was just 5$.
Written February 13, 2024
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Headbanger64
Saginaw, MI44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This tiny 3-ish mike track runs in a circle around downtown, and can get you close to all of the major sports arenas and Greektown, no matter where you park in that loop. I used to amuse my twins when they were younger just doing a couple of loops around the track before settling in for lunch in Greektwon. It’s a tiny fee to get on, and you can circle as many times as you want after you’re on!
Written February 15, 2020
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C1arksGir1
West Chester, OH181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great value at 0.75 per ride for a near bird's-eye view of the downtown neighborhoods. We rode the loop three times (one to see each side's view and once to capture photos). It's a quick loop but can safely deliver you to the various neighborhods for dining, entertainment or riverwalks. Clean. Safe. Comfortable (especially during rain or snow). Completely automated (no drivers), but security is visible and pops on/off the tram during the loop.
Written November 10, 2023
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Robert M
Kansas City, MO11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This essentially horizontal elevator runs on rails and has wheels that are sorely in need of maintenance. The Q line which is a streetcar is as quiet as a church mouse. It also runs on rails and has steel wheels just like the people mover. Raise the fare a quarter and hire a professional track maintenance company to grind the rails and then turn the wheels to smooth them out.
Otherwise a very convenient And economical way traverse the city core.
Written January 24, 2023
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KaInCanada
Ottawa, Canada71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Back in 2015, on my 1st trip to Detroit, I rode in the people mover and found it a fun experience. When I visited again in Jan 2023 it was quite different - the stations looked abandoned, escalators not working, and I was left with the only option of climbing a steep, dirty and smelling of urine staircase. The train itself is fine, but I don’t think it’ll last too long. The whole structure is in dire need of an overhaul. Oh, and I forgot to mention - it only operates with coins. No ticket selling machines at the stations at all.
Written February 18, 2023
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Sinatralis
Rocky River, OH704 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Great way to get around the city fast! It was free and will be until October which was great! Some stations are closed I’m sure do to construction and Covid but still easy to get around. Some escalators are not working but most places did have elevators. Glad that they reopened it!
Written August 22, 2022
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ral338
New York City, NY414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The people mover is a fun ride around downtown. It's a one way loop with quite a few stations. It costs only 50c. It moves pretty quickly, the total loop was less than 30 minutes. You see quite a few interesting buildings, and go right through Cobo Hall Convention Center. A fun ride, and with no operator you can look out the front window.

Saw police onboard on most rides I took, so it seemed safe.

Buy and extra token as a souvenier.
Written October 9, 2005
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K811WAphilipb
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
When we first moved to Detroit in 2007, my work was teaching at a college only 10 minutes from downtown Detroit; so we rented an apartment in the Fyfe building downtown to get a feel for the city. Although we eventually moved out to a suburb because the auto insurance rates and housing taxes were too high to think of buying a home in Detroit and because all the major grocery shopping then would have still required driving out to the suburbs, we still loved being downtown. We lived right across from the Grand Circus Park station of the People Mover. So we often got to watch the People Mover out of our 6th floor window as it made its way winding through Detroit on its elevated platform; and we often rode the People Mover even if we didn't need to, because it was lots of fun and very inexpensive.

The two-car-long People Mover would typically make its way around the Renaissance District of Detroit, winding between the skyscrapers and along the river front, completing its circuit in about 20 minutes. But we would sometimes just remain on train because it didn't cost anything more and we liked the feeling of the movement, and our youngest toddler would often fall asleep from the rocking motion of the train.

One of my personal favorite parts of the circuit was when the People Mover would pass along the river front between the Renaissance Building and the Joe Lewis Arena station. If you looked out over the Detroit River, you could get a great view of the skyline of Windsor, Canada. We often mused over the geographical fact that this was the only place in the western hemisphere where Canada lay across the SOUTHERN border of the United States! If it was during the winter months, you could also see ice flows coming down the river, chunks of ice broken up by the ocean-going tankers that make their way through the Detroit River coming up from Lake Erie and passing upstream through Lake St. Clair to Lake Huron and the other Greak Lakes.

Another great stop where we liked to get off and explore was the Renaissance Center, nicknamed the 'RenCen,' a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers on the riverfront owned by General Motors as its headquarters. The central tower, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is the third tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and it has been the tallest building in Michigan since it was erected in 1977.

Back in 2007 when we first moved to Detroit, I remember running into people in the suburbs who avoided coming into Detroit because they worried it wasn't safe. But the whole Renaissance District (the downtown area) was very safe even back then, and the city government has even improved conditions significantly since then. The People Mover is perfectly safe. One often sees police officers on board keeping an eye on things; but with or without them, my family and I have never felt the least bit concerned about our safety riding the People Mover.

During sporting events like baseball games at the Comerica Park, where the Tigers play, or the Little Caesars Arena, where the Pistons and Redwings play, the Renaissance District fills with crowds. Often game-goers will find parking in outlying lots and make their way to the sporting venues by means of the People Mover. During such events, suburban sports enthusiasts flood into the city, filling her many fine restaurants and sports bars to capacity. At night, the city empties out and quiets down quite a bit.

But ride the People Mover if you haven't yet. You'll love it!

Ride and enjoy.
Written July 5, 2019
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CAPDetroit
Detroit, MI5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't miss out on taking a ride on the People Mover while in Detroit. For fifty cents, you will ride right through the Millender Center and Cobo Center. You will cruise along (virtually over) the Detroit River and see Canada as you go. Look for the Ambassador Bridge while near the water. Travel through Greektown and Grand Circus Park and over Hart Plaza. Safe and convenient - your kids will love it and will want to stay on for a second go around (at no additional charge). Not to be missed.
Written March 14, 2010
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  • Mon - Thu 7:00 AM - 10:30 PM
  • Fri - Fri 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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