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There are 4 ways to get from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island by plane, bus, train, car or ferry

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Fly, bus  •  4h 59m

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

$62 - $383

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Bus, train  •  22h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Thunder Bay, ON to White River, ON
  2. Take the train from White River to Sudbury
  3. Take the bus from Sudbury to Sault Ste Marie
  4. Take the bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to St. Ignace

$212 - $333

Drive, ferry, bus  •  25h 59m

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Grand Portage
  2. Take the ferry from Grand Portage to Rock Harbor
  3. Take the ferry from Rock Harbor to Houghton, MI
  4. Take the bus from Houghton, MI to Gladstone
  5. Take the bus from Gladstone to St. Ignace

$202 - $236

Drive  •  10h 55m

  1. Drive from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island 493 miles

$65 - $95

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The cheapest way to get from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island is to drive which costs $85 - $130 and takes 10h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island is to fly and bus which costs $80 - $500 and takes 4h 59m.

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The distance between Thunder Bay and Mackinac Island is 439 km. The road distance is 788.8 km.

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It takes approximately 4h 59m to get from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Thunder Bay Airport to Sault Ste Marie Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island is 789 km. It takes approximately 10h 55m to drive from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island.

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Bearskin Lake Air offers flights from Thunder Bay Airport to Sault Ste Marie Airport.

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There are 78+ hotels available in Mackinac Island. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Thunder Bay to Thunder Bay Airport is to line 14 bus which takes 27m and costs $9.

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Map of how to get from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island.
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  • Distance: 274.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 59m

What companies run services between Thunder Bay, ON, Canada and Mackinac Island, MI, USA?

There is no direct connection from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island. However, you can take the line 14 bus to Thunder Bay Airport, take the walk to Thunder Bay airport, fly to Sault Ste Marie, take the drive to Sault Ste. Marie, MI, then take the bus to Mackinac Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Thunder Bay to Mackinac Island via White River, ON, White River, Sudbury, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, and Sault Ste. Marie, MI in around 22h 47m.

Airlines
Bearskin Lake Air
Website
bearskinairlines.com
Flights from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $360
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from White River to Sudbury
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $140
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$50 - $70
Economy
$70 - $100
EconomyPlus
$95 - $140
Business
$120 - $170
Bus operators
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Sault Ste. Marie, MI to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Houghton, MI to Gladstone
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Gladstone to St. Ignace
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Kasper Transportation
Phone
1-855-566-2378
Bus from Thunder Bay, ON to White River, ON
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Schedules at
gokasper.com
Ontario Northland
Phone
+1 800-461-8558
Website
ontarionorthland.ca
Bus from Sudbury to Sault Ste Marie
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Book at
Ontario Northland
Ferry operators
Grand Portage Isle Royale
Phone
+1 218.600.0765
Email
reservations@isleroyaleboats.com
Website
grand-isle-royale.com
Ferry from Grand Portage to Rock Harbor
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$82
Schedules at
grand-isle-royale.com
National Parks Shuttle Bus
Website
nps.gov
Ferry from Rock Harbor to Houghton, MI
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
frontiercoachlinesnwtltd.ca

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