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There are 7 ways to get from Detroit to Mackinaw City by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  9h

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

$50 - $84

Cheapest option

Bus, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  9h 40m

  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 Mackinaw City, MI 1485

$50 - $70

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Drive  •  4h 41m

  1. Drive from Detroit to Mackinaw City 290.3 miles

$28 - $45

Fly to Pellston, line 1484 bus  •  4h 56m

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

$194 - $389

Fly to Traverse City, bus  •  6h 55m

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

$174 - $403

Fly to Alpena, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  6h 23m

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

$321 - $1,651

Fly to Sault Ste Marie, bus  •  6h 30m

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

$118 - $232

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The cheapest way to get from Detroit to Mackinaw City is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to Mackinaw City is to drive which costs $28 - $45 and takes 4h 41m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to Mackinaw City. However, there are services departing from Detroit, Mi and arriving at Mackinaw via Lansing, MI. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h.

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The distance between Detroit and Mackinaw City is 254 miles. The road distance is 290.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Mackinaw City without a car is to bus which takes 9h and costs $50 - $85.

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It takes approximately 9h to get from Detroit to Mackinaw City, including transfers.

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Detroit to Mackinaw City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Detroit, Mi station.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Pellston Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 26m.

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Detroit to Mackinaw City bus services, operated by Indian Trails, arrive at Mackinaw station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to Mackinaw City is 290 miles. It takes approximately 4h 41m to drive from Detroit to Mackinaw City.

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  • Distance: 254.2 miles
  • Duration: 9h

What companies run services between Detroit, MI, USA and Mackinaw City, MI, USA?

You can take a bus from Detroit to Mackinaw City via Lansing, Mi and Lansing, MI in around 9h.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Pellston
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Detroit to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Detroit to Alpena
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,600
Flights from Detroit to Alpena via Pellston
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from Detroit to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $390
Bus operators
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
2h 5m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Lansing, MI to Mackinaw
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
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
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Bay City, MI to Mackinaw
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Pellston to Mackinaw City
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Traverse City, MI to Mackinaw City
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Alpena to Mackinaw
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Kinross to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bay City to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Alpena to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Delta offers flights from Detroit Airport to Pellston Airport.

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There are 75+ hotels available in Mackinaw City. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 54m and costs $2.

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