There are 8 ways to get from Detroit to Mackinac Island by plane, bus, train or car

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

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

Cheapest option

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

6 alternative options

Fly to Sault Ste Marie, bus  •  4 h 48 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 52 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 21 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

Bus  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Lansing, Mi 4592 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Lansing, MI to St. Ignace, MI E Lansing

$50 - $84

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

The cheapest way to get from Detroit to Mackinac Island is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 4 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to Mackinac Island is to fly and bus which costs $110 - $230 and takes 4 h 48 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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It takes approximately 4 h 52 min to get from Detroit to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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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 Lansing, MI. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 15 min.

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

You can take a bus from Detroit to Mackinac Island via Lansing, Mi and Lansing, MI in around 9 h 15 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 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $390
Flights from Detroit to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Detroit to Alpena
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,600
Flights from Detroit to Alpena via Pellston
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Train operators
Amtrak
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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 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
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
Amtrak
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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
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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 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
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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