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

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Fly to Pellston, line 1484 bus  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Pellston (PLN) DTW - PLN
  2. Take the line 1484 bus from Pellston to St. Ignace

$195 - $390

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  9 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Bay City 1492 Detroit to Bay City
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Bay City to St. Ignace, MI 1485

$50 - $70

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Fly to Sault Ste Marie, bus  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Sault Ste Marie (CIU) DTW - CIU
  2. Take the bus from Kinross to St. Ignace

$114 - $226

Fly to Traverse City, bus  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Traverse City (TVC) DTW - TVC
  2. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to St. Ignace

$174 - $404

Fly to Alpena, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Alpena (APN) DTW - APN
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Alpena to St. Ignace, MI

$321 - $1,652

Fly to Escanaba, bus  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Escanaba (ESC) DTW - ESC
  2. Take the bus from Escanaba, MI to St. Ignace

$147 - $267

Bus  •  10 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Lansing, Mi 4590 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Lansing, MI to St. Ignace, MI E Lansing

$54 - $93

Train, bus  •  10 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Jackson Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Jackson, Mi to Lansing, Mi
  3. Take the bus from Lansing, MI to St. Ignace, MI

$72 - $128

Drive  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Mackinac Island 298.1 miles

$29 - $45

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to Mackinac Island. However, there are services departing from Detroit, MI and arriving at St. Ignace, MI via Bay City. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 55 min.

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The distance between Detroit and Mackinac Island is 261 miles. The road distance is 298.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Mackinac Island without a car is to bus and Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails which takes 9 h 55 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 52 min to get from Detroit to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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Detroit to Mackinac Island bus services, operated by Indian Trails, depart from Detroit, MI station.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Pellston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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Detroit to Mackinac Island bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at St. Ignace, MI station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to Mackinac Island is 298 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 56 min to drive from Detroit to Mackinac Island.

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Delta offers flights from Detroit Airport to Pellston Airport.

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There are 82+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Detroit to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 260.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 52 min

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

You can take a bus from Detroit to Mackinac Island via Bay City in around 9 h 55 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Pellston
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Detroit to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $390
Flights from Detroit to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Detroit to Alpena
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,600
Flights from Detroit to Alpena via Pellston
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from Detroit to Escanaba
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $190
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Jackson Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Pellston to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Kinross to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
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 Alpena to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Escanaba, MI to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Detroit, MI to Bay City
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.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
Bus from Lansing, MI to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Alpena to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bay City to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Detroit, Mi to Lansing, Mi
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Jackson, Mi to Lansing, Mi
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 49 min and costs .

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