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

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Bus  •  11 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Gladstone Milwaukee
  2. Take the bus from Gladstone to St. Ignace 1489 Ironwood

$65 - $113

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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  11 h 44 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Escanaba, MI 8539 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Escanaba, MI to St. Ignace 1489 Ironwood

$64 - $112

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Drive  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island 368.5 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Milwaukee to Pellston  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Pellston (PLN) MKE - PLN

$285 - $1,420

Fly Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie, bus  •  7 h 56 min

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

$239 - $1,226

Fly Milwaukee to Traverse City, bus  •  8 h 19 min

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

$224 - $1,044

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Traverse City, bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Traverse City (TVC) ORD - TVC
  3. Take the bus from Traverse City, MI to St. Ignace

$203 - $675

Fly Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie, bus #2  •  9 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Sault Ste Marie (YAM) MKE - YAM
  2. Take the bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to St. Ignace

$272 - $2,218

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The cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island. However, there are services departing from Milwaukee and arriving at St. Ignace via Gladstone. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 14 min.

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The distance between Milwaukee and Mackinac Island is 251 miles. The road distance is 368.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 14 min and costs $65 - $120.

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It takes approximately 11 h 14 min to get from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island is to bus which takes 11 h 14 min and costs $65 - $120. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $280 - $1,500 and takes 8 h 45 min.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Pellston Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 27 min and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 251.1 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 14 min

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

You can take a bus from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island via Gladstone in around 11 h 14 min. Alternatively, Delta flies from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island every 3 hours.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Milwaukee to Pellston via Boston, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 32 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,800
Flights from Milwaukee to Pellston via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 48 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Milwaukee to Pellston via New York La Guardia, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,800
Flights from Milwaukee to Pellston via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,800
Flights from Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
Flights from Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 47 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,500
Flights from Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie via Detroit, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
9 h 16 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Sault Ste Marie via Toronto
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $2,200
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Gladstone
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Gladstone to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Escanaba
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Escanaba, MI to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Kinross to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
35 min
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
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
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 Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Escanaba, MI
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
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Mackinac Island is 1 h ahead of Milwaukee. It is currently 12:01 AM in Milwaukee and 1:01 AM in Mackinac Island.

Yes, the driving distance between Milwaukee to Mackinac Island is 368 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 45 min to drive from Milwaukee to Mackinac Island.

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Delta offers flights from Milwaukee Airport to Pellston Airport.

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There are 74+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Milwaukee Airport is to bus which takes 28 min and costs $3.

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