How much does it cost to go to Mackinac Island?

How much does it cost to visit Mackinac Island? Well, that depends. You can stay in the luxurious four-bedroom Masco Cottage at Grand Hotel with a personal chef, fully stocked bar and a private outdoor hot tub for about $5,000 a night. Or a discounted rate of around $30,000 a week.

On the other hand, you can find a room elsewhere on Mackinac Island for a mid-week stay in spring or fall for just $100 a night.

There’s a variety of ways to experience the charming beauty of Mackinac Island, and at a range of price points. To give you a general idea of the kinds of costs you might incur on a trip to Mackinac Island, here’s a rundown:

Since cars are not allowed on Mackinac Island, horse-drawn carriage rides are a popular way of getting around Mackinac Island.

Transportation Costs on Mackinac Island

A round-trip ferry ticket to Mackinac Island from Michigan's mainland in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace costs less than $30 for an adult.

    • Flying to Mackinac Island is also a great option. It’s a little more expensive, with rates upwards of $35 for one-way service from St. Ignace, but the 7-minute flight makes for a memorable experience.

Flying into Mackinac Island Airport from St. Ignace on the mainland in Michigan's Upper Peninsula costs $35 to $45 per ticket one way.

You can rent a bike on Mackinac Island by the hour, half-day, full-day or longer at a cost of about $10 per hour.

You can catch a horse-drawn taxi ride on Mackinac Island for $5 to $10 per person, depending on where you want to go.

Cost to Spend the Night on Mackinac Island

    • Generally, prices to stay overnight on Mackinac Island are lower in the spring and fall and higher in the summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Be aware that some accommodations require a 2-night minimum stay at certain times of the year or on certain days of the week.

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Dining Costs on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island visitor attractions include many free things to see such as historic landmarks and famous rock formations.

Cost of Activities on Mackinac Island

    • Visiting Mackinac Island’s historic Fort Mackinac is a memorable experience for all ages. The fort that dates to 1780 features some of the oldest buildings in Michigan and offers an eye-opening look into the past. Admission costs about $15 for adults and $10 for kids and includes entry into several other Mackinac State Historic Parks attractions including the Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, the Biddle House Mackinac Island Native American Museum and the attractions in Historic Downtown Mackinac.

There’s no one way or single price point to enjoy the historic charm and natural beauty of Mackinac Island. Find a place to stay and start planning your own unique itinerary on Mackinac Island.

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