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There are 7 ways to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island by train, bus, ferry 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, ferry  •  12h 7m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$91 - $132

Cheapest option

Train, bus, ferry via Grand Rapids  •  12h 24m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station
  2. Take the bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$89 - $128

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, ferry  •  12h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, ferry via Chicago, IL - Amtrak  •  13h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - Amtrak to Kalamazoo, MI
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

Fly Chicago Midway to Pellston, ferry  •  7h 14m

  1. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Pellston (PLN) MDW - PLN
  2. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$116 - $750

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Pellston, ferry  •  7h 47m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Pellston (PLN) ORD - PLN
  2. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$206 - $2,250

Fly Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City, bus, ferry  •  8h 55m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) ORD - TVC
  2. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$142 - $429

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island is to train and bus and ferry via Grand Rapids which costs $85 - $130 and takes 12h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island is to fly and ferry which costs $110 - $750 and takes 7h 14m.

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The distance between Chicago and Mackinac Island is 315 miles.

The best way to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 12h 7m and costs $90 - $140.

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It takes approximately 12h 7m to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Chicago Midway Airport to Pellston Airport. The quickest flight takes 7h 17m and has one stopover.

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Mackinac Island is 1h ahead of Chicago. It is currently 9:08 PM in Chicago and 10:08 PM in Mackinac Island.

Southwest Airlines and Delta offer flights from Chicago Midway Airport to Pellston Airport.

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There are 86+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago Midway Airport is to subway which takes 23 min and costs $2 - $5.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 314.6 miles
  • Duration: 12h 7m

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

There is no direct connection from Chicago to Mackinac Island. However, you can take the train to East Lansing Amtrak Station, take the walk to East Lansing, MI, take the bus to Mackinaw City, MI, take the walk to Mackinaw, then take the ferry to Mackinac Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Chicago to Mackinac Island via Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station, Grand Rapids, MI, Mackinaw City, MI, and Mackinaw in around 12h 24m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Chicago Midway to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $700
Flights from Chicago Midway to Pellston via Louisville, Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Flights from Chicago Midway to Pellston via Cleveland, Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Chicago Midway to Pellston via Grand Rapids, Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Pellston via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 22m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
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 East Lansing Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$200 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Seat
$60 - $90
Train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Seat
$55 - $80
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from East Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Traverse City, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
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
2h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $30
Flexible
$40 - $60
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 Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
8h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Chicago, IL - Amtrak to Kalamazoo, MI
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
Greyhound.ca
International
$35 - $55
Online Fare
$16 - $23
Advanced Purchase
$23 - $35
Standard Fare
$29 - $34
Refundable
$38 - $41
Ferry operators
Sheplers Ferry
Website
sheplersferry.com
Ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
sheplersferry.com
Arnold Line Ferry
Website
arnoldline.com
Ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
mackinacferry.com

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