Mackinac Island Transportation
All season long, Mackinac Island is serviced from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace by three ferry companies: Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry, Shepler’s Ferry and Star Line Ferry. It’s anywhere from a 16 to 30-minute trip. Luggage service and parking is available at the ferry docks. Check with each company for schedules and pricing. If you arrive by your own vessel, we recommend you make slip reservations with the Mackinac Island State Harbor ahead of time.
Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry – toll free (US only) (800) 542-8528 or (906) 847-3351
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry – toll free (US only) (800) 828-6157 or 231-436-5023
Star Line Ferry – toll free (US only) (800) 638-9892 or (906) 643-7635
Mackinac Island State Dock offers 76 slips and 13 seasonal slips for powerboats and sailboats.
Amenities include: restrooms, showers, electricity, water, pump-out, grills, ice, dog run, refuse receptacles, recycle bins, and immigration station.
Reservations October- May (800) 44-PARKS
Reservations May- October (906) 847-3561
Interstate I-75 brings you to the ferry docks of both Mackinaw City (Lower Peninsula) and St. Ignace (Upper Peninsula). The exits are easy to find as they are clearly marked for several miles. If you travel over the famous Mackinac Bridge – the third longest suspension bridge in the world – a nominal toll will be assessed.
Pellston Airport (PLN) is serviced by Delta and is approximately 15 miles from the Island. Mackinaw Shuttle Services and Wolverine Stages are located in the main terminal of the airport and can take you to the ferries headed for the Island. On the Island, private aircraft can land on the Mackinac Island Airport’s 3,500-foot runway.
Grand Hotel Charter Jet Service – Fly from your hometown airport directly to Mackinac Island on Grand Hotel’s Cessna 421C. Grand Hotel guests receive a 25% discount. With a cruising speed of 260 mph, Detroit and Chicago are under 90 minutes away. Up to seven passengers can ride in convenient comfort, with leather club seats and aft lavatory. Call (906) 847-3331 for pricing and availability.
Airport Shuttle Service
Mackinaw Shuttle (serves Pellston and Traverse City airport) By reservations only.
Pellston Regional Airport offers Hertz and Avis Auto rentals for those needing a motor vehicle.