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There are 9 ways to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  11 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Amtrak Pere Marquette
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to St. Ignace 1484

$74 - $141

Cheapest option

Bus via Kalamazoo, Mi  •  12 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
  2. Take the bus from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, MI
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to St. Ignace

$64 - $151

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Train, bus via Clare  •  11 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Clare
  3. Take the bus from Clare to St. Ignace, MI

$83 - $163

Bus  •  13 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI 1482
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to St. Ignace 1484

$65 - $103

Drive  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Mackinac Island 422.1 miles

$40 - $60

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City, bus  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) ORD - TVC
  2. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to St. Ignace

$184 - $647

Fly Chicago Midway to Pellston  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Pellston (PLN) MDW - PLN

$215 - $772

Fly Chicago Midway to Manistee, drive  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Manistee (MBL) MDW - MBL
  2. Drive from Manistee to Mackinac Island

$79 - $200

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  9 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Saginaw (MBS) ORD - MBS
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Bay City to St. Ignace, MI

$166 - $400

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 7 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island is to fly and drive which costs $75 - $200 and takes 6 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Mackinac Island. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at St. Ignace via Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 5 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Mackinac Island is 313 miles. The road distance is 422.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island without a car is to train and bus which takes 11 h 39 min and costs $70 - $150.

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It takes approximately 11 h 39 min to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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Chicago to Mackinac Island bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island is to bus which takes 12 h 5 min and costs $60 - $160. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $210 - $800 and takes 7 h 1 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Traverse City Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 2 min.

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Chicago to Mackinac Island bus services, operated by Indian Trails, arrive at St. Ignace station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 312.6 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 39 min

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Mackinac Island, MI, USA?

You can take a bus from Chicago to Mackinac Island via Kalamazoo, Mi, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, and Grand Rapids in around 12 h 5 min. Alternatively, Delta and Southwest Airlines fly from Chicago to Mackinac Island 4 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Saginaw
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Flights from Chicago Midway to Pellston via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $850
Regional Sky
Website
regionalsky.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Manistee
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$29 - $250
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
Train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from East Lansing, MI to Clare
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Clare to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Traverse City, MI to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Bay City, MI to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bay City to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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More Questions & Answers

Mackinac Island is 1 h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 1:20 AM in Chicago and 2:20 AM in Mackinac Island.

Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Mackinac Island is 422 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 15 min to drive from Chicago to Mackinac Island.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Traverse City Airport.

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There are 77+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $65 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $2 - $5.

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