There are 8 ways to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Lansing, MI to St. Ignace, MI E Lansing

$36 - $51

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Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  11 h 31 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from East Lansing to Saginaw
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Saginaw to St. Ignace, MI

Drive  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Drive from East Lansing to Mackinac Island 236.5 miles

$23 - $35

Bus to Detroit, fly to Pellston  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from East Lansing Marriott to DTW McNamara Terminal
  2. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Pellston (PLN) DTW - PLN

$216 - $420

Bus to Detroit, fly to Sault Ste Marie, bus  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from East Lansing Marriott to DTW McNamara Terminal
  2. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Sault Ste Marie (CIU) DTW - CIU
  3. Take the bus from Kinross to St. Ignace

$135 - $256

Fly Lansing to Pellston  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Lansing (LAN) to Pellston (PLN) LAN - PLN

$238 - $1,323

Bus to Detroit, fly to Traverse City, bus  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from East Lansing Marriott to DTW McNamara Terminal
  2. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Traverse City (TVC) DTW - TVC
  3. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to St. Ignace

$195 - $434

Bus to Detroit, fly to Alpena, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  7 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from East Lansing Marriott to DTW McNamara Terminal
  2. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Alpena (APN) DTW - APN
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Alpena to St. Ignace, MI

$342 - $1,682

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The cheapest way to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 3 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 3 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from East Lansing to Mackinac Island. However, there are services departing from Brody Complex and arriving at St. Ignace, MI via Lansing, MI. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 25 min.

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The distance between East Lansing and Mackinac Island is 218 miles. The road distance is 236.5 miles.

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The best way to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 25 min and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 7 h 25 min to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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East Lansing to Mackinac Island bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from East Lansing station.

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The best way to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island is to bus which takes 7 h 25 min and costs $35 - $55. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $230 - $1,400 and takes 7 h 47 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between East Lansing to Mackinac Island is 237 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 47 min to drive from East Lansing to Mackinac Island.

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Delta offers flights from Detroit Airport to Pellston Airport.

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Map of how to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 218.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 25 min

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

Indian Trails operates a bus from East Lansing to Mackinac Island once daily. Tickets cost $35 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 10 min. Alternatively, Delta flies from East Lansing to Mackinac Island once daily.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Pellston
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Detroit to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $390
Flights from Lansing to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Detroit to Alpena
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,600
Flights from Detroit to Alpena via Pellston
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
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 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
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
Bus from East Lansing to Saginaw
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Saginaw to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Alpena to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Michigan Flyer
Website
michiganflyer.com
Bus from East Lansing Marriott to DTW McNamara Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.com

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