Transportation Options For Mackinac Island, MI
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 Sky West Airlines 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.
Mackinac Island Airport (MCD):
Mackinac Island Airport’s 3,500-foot lighted, paved runway is capable of accommodating private and charter aircraft. The airport is one mile from Grand Hotel. Horse-drawn taxi service is available from the airport by calling (906) 847-3323.
Fly from your airport directly to Mackinac Island on one of North Country Aviation’s charter planes, including the Cessna 421C, Air Carrier Certificate N4CA490Y. For more information, including servicing airports and rates, please contact North Country Aviation directly at 800-959-1829 or click here for more information.
Great Lakes Air (St. Ignace to Mackinac Island and charter service throughout the Midwest)
Fresh Air Aviation (Charlevoix to Mackinac Island and charter service throughout Northern Michigan)
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.