There are 7 ways to get from Philadelphia to Mackinac Island by plane, ferry, bus, night bus or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Philadelphia to Pellston, ferry  •  7h 58m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Pellston (PLN) PHL - PLN
  2. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$172 - $788

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry via Lansing  •  22h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia to New York
  2. Take the bus from New York, NY - 3 Allen St to East Lansing Nyc / ...
  3. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  4. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$129 - $200

5 alternative options

Fly Philadelphia to Alpena, bus, ferry  •  9h 26m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Alpena (APN) PHL - APN
  2. Take the bus from Alpena, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$198 - $820

Fly Philadelphia to Sault Ste Marie, night bus, ferry  •  10h 27m

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Sault Ste Marie (CIU) PHL - CIU
  2. Take the night bus from Kinross, MI to St. Ignace, MI
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$183 - $804

Bus to Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, fly to Pellston, ferry  •  13h 29m

  1. Take the bus from 30th Street Train Station to Allentown Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton (ABE) to Pellston (PLN) ABE - PLN
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$136 - $541

Train, bus, ferry  •  26h 49m

  1. Take the train from 30th Street Train Station to Pittsburgh Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Detroit, Mi
  3. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  4. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$140 - $203

Bus, ferry  •  27h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Jefferson Station Bus Terminal, Philadelphia, PA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
  2. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Detroit, Mi
  3. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  4. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$142 - $205

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Mackinac Island is to bus and ferry via Lansing which costs $120 - $200 and takes 22h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Mackinac Island is to fly and ferry which costs $170 - $800 and takes 7h 58m.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Mackinac Island is 631 miles.

The best way to get from Philadelphia to Mackinac Island without a car is to bus and ferry via Lansing which takes 22h 46m and costs $120 - $200.

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It takes approximately 7h 58m to get from Philadelphia to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Philadelphia Airport to Pellston Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 15m and has one stopover.

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American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to Pellston Airport.

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There are 75+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 23 min and costs $7.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 631.4 miles
  • Duration: 7h 58m

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

There is no direct connection from Philadelphia to Mackinac Island. However, you can take the train to Airport Terminal A, take the walk to Philadelphia airport, fly to Pellston, take the taxi to Pellston, MI, take the line 1484 bus to Mackinaw City, MI, take the walk to Mackinaw, then take the ferry to Mackinac Island. Alternatively, you can take the train to Airport Terminal A, take the walk to Philadelphia airport, fly to Alpena, take the taxi to Alpena, MI, take the bus to Mackinaw City, MI, take the walk to Mackinaw, then take the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Pellston via Covington, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Pellston via Boston, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Pellston via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Philadelphia to Alpena via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Alpena via Detroit, Pellston
Ave. Duration
5h 46m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Philadelphia to Alpena via Boston, Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 53m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Sault Ste Marie via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Sault Ste Marie via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Flights from Philadelphia to Sault Ste Marie via Boston, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 43m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Sault Ste Marie via Raleigh/Durham, Detroit
Ave. Duration
9h 13m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Sault Ste Marie via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
9h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Pellston via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton to Pellston via Philadelphia, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Train operators
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
Train from 30th Street Train Station to Pittsburgh Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Premium
$220 - $320
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Seat
$90 - $130
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Alpena, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Night bus from Kinross, MI to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from East Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Detroit, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
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 30th Street Train Station to Allentown Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Amtrak Thruway

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 Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Allentown, PA
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
amtrak.com
Clydesdale Bus
Phone
+1-484 818-7120
Email
info@transportazumah.com
Website
clydesdaleshuttle.com
Bus from Philadelphia PA: 30 Street Station to Allentown PA: 333 Hamilton Street
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
clydesdaleshuttle.com
Focus
Phone
+1 215-625-2727
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from Philadelphia to New York
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
646-630-7186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York, NY - 3 Allen St to East Lansing
Ave. Duration
11h 20m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Book at
GoTo Bus
Bus Ticket Inc.
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from New York, NY - Allen St. to East Lansing
Ave. Duration
12h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Book at
gotobus.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $90
Bus from New York, Ny to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
14h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$65 - $95
Flexible
$100 - $150
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Jefferson Station Bus Terminal, Philadelphia, PA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Website
peterpanbus.com
Ferry operators
Sheplers Ferry
Website
sheplersferry.com
Ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
sheplersferry.com
Arnold Line Ferry
Website
arnoldline.com
Ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
mackinacferry.com

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