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

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Bus  •  7h 21m

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

$36 - $51

7 alternative options

Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails  •  11h 33m

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from East Lansing to Cheboygan

Drive  •  3h 47m

  1. Drive from East Lansing to Mackinac Island 236.5 miles

$23 - $35

Bus to Detroit, fly to Pellston  •  6h 6m

  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  •  6h 2m

  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 (BP I-75, Exit 378) to St. Ignace (Transportation Center)

$135 - $256

Fly Lansing to Pellston  •  7h 55m

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

$238 - $1,323

Bus to Detroit, fly to Traverse City, bus  •  8h 7m

  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  •  7h 34m

  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

Questions & Answers

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

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

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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 7h 21m.

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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 7h 21m and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 7h 21m to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island is to bus which takes 7h 21m and costs $35 - $55. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $230 - $1,400 and takes 7h 55m.

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

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Map of how to get from East Lansing to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 218.3 miles
  • Duration: 7h 21m

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 6h 10m. Alternatively, Delta flies from East Lansing to Mackinac Island twice daily.

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 Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $390
Flights from Lansing to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
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
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Lansing, MI to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Kinross (BP I-75, Exit 378) to St. Ignace (Transportation Center)
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Traverse City, MI to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Alpena to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from East Lansing to Cheboygan
Ave. Duration
8h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Alpena to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Michigan Flyer
Website
michiganflyer.com
Bus from East Lansing Marriott to DTW McNamara Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.com

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Yes, the driving distance between East Lansing to Mackinac Island is 237 miles. It takes approximately 3h 47m 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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There are 78+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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