Grand Rapids travel guide

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You're Going to Love Grand Rapids

With a population of 188,040, Grand Rapids is a must-see destination in Michigan, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Grand Rapids deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Grand Rapids

Downtown is the neighborhood with the most restaurants in Grand Rapids. These include popular favorites such as Leo's (60 Ottawa Ave NW), Divani (15 Ionia Avenue, SW) and San Chez A Tapas Bistro (38 W. Fulton). If you’re looking for affordable options, Bistro Bella Vita (44 Grandville Ave SW) and The Chop House - Grand Rapids (190 Monroe Ave NW) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Noto's Old World Italian Dining (6600 28th Street SE) and Friesian Gastro Pub (720 Michigan St NE) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Grand Rapids.

When to visit Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids in March
Estimated hotel price
$125
1 night at 3-star hotel
Grand Rapids in March
Estimated hotel price
$125
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Grand Rapids in July, when the average temperature is 73.4 °F, and the highest can go up to 82.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 17.6 °F, with an average temperature of 24.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in September, when precipitation is around 4.3″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Grand Rapids, with an average rainfall of 1.8″.

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How to Get to Grand Rapids

Plane

When flying to Grand Rapids, you’ll arrive at Gerald R. Ford Airport (GRR), which is located 9 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Grand Rapids include Frontier, United Airlines and Southwest. The shortest domestic flight to Grand Rapids departs from Nashville and takes around 1h 28m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Grand Rapids. The train station in Grand Rapids is called Grand Rapids, and is located 0.8 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Grand Rapids is to pick up a car rental from Chicago, which is about 125 miles from Grand Rapids. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Chicago.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Grand Rapids, including Greyhound, FlixBus and Tornado Bus. From Dallas, the bus ride to Grand Rapids takes 1129 miles and will cost you around $240. From New York, the ticket costs about $150 for a journey of 1280 miles. Grand Rapids’s bus station is located 0.7 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Grand Rapids, you’ll arrive at Gerald R. Ford Airport (GRR), which is located 9 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Grand Rapids include Frontier, United Airlines and Southwest. The shortest domestic flight to Grand Rapids departs from Nashville and takes around 1h 28m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Grand Rapids. The train station in Grand Rapids is called Grand Rapids, and is located 0.8 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Grand Rapids is to pick up a car rental from Chicago, which is about 125 miles from Grand Rapids. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Chicago.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Grand Rapids, including Greyhound, FlixBus and Tornado Bus. From Dallas, the bus ride to Grand Rapids takes 1129 miles and will cost you around $240. From New York, the ticket costs about $150 for a journey of 1280 miles. Grand Rapids’s bus station is located 0.7 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Grand Rapids

Lufthansa
Good (4,702 reviews)
KLM
Good (836 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,680 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,553 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,610 reviews)
Air France
Good (984 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,112 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,983 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,077 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,824 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,367 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (731 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (776 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (496 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (955 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (792 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (775 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (555 reviews)
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Where to stay in Grand Rapids

There are also lots of vacation rental options in Grand Rapids, with prices from $60 to $333 per night. Downtown is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Grand Rapids are about 83% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Grand Rapids

Most booked hotels in Grand Rapids

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Grand Rapids East
3 stars
Excellent (9.2, 1468 reviews)
$151+
Drury Inn & Suites Grand Rapids
3 stars
Excellent (9.1, 507 reviews)
$127+
Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, 452 reviews)
$206+
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, 617 reviews)
$269+
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids-South
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, 312 reviews)
$122+
Baymont by Wyndham Grand Rapids SW/Byron Center
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 528 reviews)
$84+

Renting a car in Grand Rapids

Renting a car in Grand Rapids costs $72 per day, on average, or $144 if you want to rent if for 2 days. Alamo, Dollar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Grand Rapids is the Hertz branch at 5500 44th Street Se Unit 4, which is 6 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Grand Rapids.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Grand Rapids (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Grand Rapids is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Honda Fit or similar) are, on average, 66% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Grand Rapids costs $72 per day, on average, or $144 if you want to rent if for 2 days. Alamo, Dollar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Grand Rapids is the Hertz branch at 5500 44th Street Se Unit 4, which is 6 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Grand Rapids.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Grand Rapids (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Grand Rapids is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Honda Fit or similar) are, on average, 66% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.