There are 4 ways to get from Detroit Airport (DTW) to Mackinac Island by plane, bus, ferry or night bus

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

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Fly to Pellston, line 1484 bus, ferry  •  3h 34m

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Pellston (PLN) DTW - PLN
  2. Take the line 1484 bus from Pellston, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$163 - $261

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry  •  11h 48m

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Mackinaw City, MI 1485 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$66 - $97

2 alternative options

Fly to Alpena, bus, ferry  •  5h

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Alpena (APN) DTW - APN
  2. Take the bus from Alpena, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$165 - $254

Fly to Sault Ste Marie, night bus, Ferry  •  4h 39m

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Sault Ste Marie (CIU) DTW - CIU
  2. Take the night bus from Kinross, MI to St. Ignace, MI
  3. Take the Ferry from St Ignace (Railroad Dock) to Mackinac Island

$183 - $294

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The cheapest way to get from Detroit Airport (DTW) to Mackinac Island is to bus and ferry which costs $65 - $100 and takes 11h 48m.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit Airport (DTW) to Mackinac Island is to fly and line 1484 bus and ferry which costs $160 - $270 and takes 3h 34m.

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The distance between Detroit Airport (DTW) and Mackinac Island is 261 miles.

The best way to get from Detroit Airport (DTW) to Mackinac Island without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 11h 48m and costs $65 - $100.

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It takes approximately 3h 34m to get from Detroit Airport (DTW) to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Pellston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 11m.

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Delta offers flights from Detroit Airport to Pellston Airport.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Detroit Airport (DTW) to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 260.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 34m

What companies run services between Detroit Airport (DTW), USA and Mackinac Island, MI, USA?

There is no direct connection from Detroit Airport (DTW) to Mackinac Island. However, you can fly to Pellston, take the taxi to Pellston, MI, take the line 1484 bus to Mackinaw City, MI, take the walk to Mackinaw, then take the ferry to Mackinac Island. Alternatively, you can fly to Alpena, take the taxi to Alpena, MI, take the bus to Mackinaw City, MI, take the walk to Mackinaw, then take the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Pellston
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $220
Flights from Detroit to Alpena
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $180
Flights from Detroit to Alpena via Pellston
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $280
Flights from Detroit to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $260
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Pellston, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Alpena, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Night bus from Kinross, MI to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Detroit, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
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
Ferry from St Ignace (Railroad Dock) to Mackinac Island
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
mackinacferry.com

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