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There are 7 ways to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island by plane, ferry, night bus, train or bus

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Recommended option

Fly Reagan Washington to Pellston, ferry  •  5h 57m

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Pellston (PLN) DCA - PLN
  2. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$217 - $1,438

Cheapest option

Fly Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie, night bus, ferry  •  8h 45m

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

$148 - $819

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Fly Washington Dulles to Pellston, ferry  •  8h 12m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Pellston (PLN) IAD - PLN
  2. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$218 - $1,454

Train to Baltimore, fly to Pellston, ferry  •  8h 16m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to Pellston (PLN) BWI - PLN
  3. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$234 - $1,514

Train, bus, ferry  •  27h 10m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Toledo
  2. Take the bus from Toledo to East Lansing Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  4. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$156 - $218

Bus, ferry  •  28h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Washington to Toledo
  2. Take the bus from Toledo to East Lansing Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from East Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
  4. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

$156 - $213

Train, Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails, ferry  •  31h 27m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Kalamazoo
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Mackinaw City, MI
  4. Take the ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island

Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) → Mackinac Island
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The cheapest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island is to train and bus and ferry which costs $150 - $220 and takes 27h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island is to fly and ferry which costs $210 - $1,500 and takes 5h 57m.

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It is approximately 622 miles to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island.

The best way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 27h 10m and costs $150 - $220.

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It takes approximately 5h 57m to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Reagan Washington Airport to Pellston Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 39m and has one stopover.

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Delta offers flights from Reagan Washington Airport to Pellston Airport.

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Map of how to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 622.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 57m

What companies run services between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA), USA and Mackinac Island, MI, USA?

There is no direct connection from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Mackinac Island. However, you can fly to Pellston, take the taxi to Pellston, MI, take the Amtrak Thruway operated by Indian Trails to Mackinaw City, MI, take the walk to Mackinaw, then take the ferry to Mackinac Island. Alternatively, you can fly to Sault Ste Marie, take the taxi to Kinross, MI, take the night bus to St. Ignace, MI, take the walk to St. Ignace, 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 Reagan Washington to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,400
Flights from Reagan Washington to Pellston via Covington, Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from Reagan Washington to Pellston via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,800
Flights from Reagan Washington to Pellston via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $2,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Pellston via New York La Guardia, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 47m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Flights from Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie via Detroit
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie via New York La Guardia, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 41m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie via New York JFK, Detroit
Ave. Duration
10h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie via Covington, Detroit
Ave. Duration
10h 56m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Sault Ste Marie via Boston, Detroit
Ave. Duration
11h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Washington Dulles to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,600
Flights from Baltimore to Pellston via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,400
Flights from Baltimore to Pellston via Covington, Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Baltimore to Pellston via Raleigh/Durham, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,600
Flights from Baltimore to Pellston via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,800
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
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
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Washington Union Station to Toledo
Ave. Duration
13h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Premium
$250 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Seat
$120 - $180
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $250
Train from Chicago Union Station to Kalamazoo
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Night bus from Kinross, MI to St. Ignace, MI
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from East Lansing, MI to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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 Toledo to East Lansing Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from East Lansing to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
9h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Mackinaw City, MI
Ave. Duration
8h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
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 Toledo Amtrak Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
amtrak.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 Washington to Toledo
Ave. Duration
14h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $85
Flexible
$90 - $140
Ferry operators
Sheplers Ferry
Website
sheplersferry.com
Ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
sheplersferry.com
Arnold Line Ferry
Website
arnoldline.com
Ferry from Mackinaw to Mackinac Island
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
mackinacferry.com

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