Mackinac Island is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Lake Huron. Ferry Service to the Island is available from Mackinaw City, Michigan (south of the Mackinac Bridge) or St. Ignace, Michigan (north of the Mackinac Bridge). Parking is available at the ferry docks, either Short Term (day parking), or Long Term (overnight or longer). Ferry tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the docks or online.
Traveling North (Lower Peninsula to Mackinaw City):
Take US 31, US 23 or I-75 North to I-75. Take I-75 North to Mackinaw City Exits (337, 338, or 339). Follow signs to Mackinac Island Ferry Docks (Arnold, Shepler's, Star Line).
Traveling South (Upper Peninsula to St. Ignace):
Take US 2 East or US 23 and I-75 South to St. Ignace. Take State Street Exit and follow signs to Mackinac Island Ferry Docks (Arnold, Shepler's, Star Line).
From May to October both ferry services run regular schedules from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. The ride to the island is approximately 20-25 minutes. Free daily parking is available. Secured overnight parking is also available.
For schedules and fares, please call ferry lines, or check their websites:
Please note: From November through April, ferry service is limited to Star Line, which continues to run from St. Ignace as long as weather conditions allow.
The closest commercial airport servicing Mackinac Island is in Pellston, Michigan (approximately 25 miles from the island). Commercial air service to Pellston is provided by Northwest Airlines.
Shuttle service between Pellston and the ferry docks is available from Mackinac Shuttle or Wolverine Stage. Air taxi service is also available between Pellston and Mackinac Island via Great Lakes Air.
Charter flights directly to the Mackinac Island Airport are also available by reservation from Detroit, Chicago, and other points. The Mackinac Island Airport has a 3,500-foot, lighted, paved runway, capable of handling private and charter aircraft.
Great Lakes Air provides passenger charter service from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island year-round. Great Lakes Air also is available to meet commercial flights arriving at Pellston and Traverse City. Charter flights to/from other destinations aboard single or multi-engine aircraft can be arranged. All flights are by reservation only.
Delta Airlines - Local: (231) 539-8423
National: (800) 221-1212
Pellston Regional Airport - (231) 539-8441
Great Lakes Air - 906-643-7165
Air Services Inc. - 888-922-0406
Mackinac Island Airport - 906-847-3231
Mackinac Island Airport Weather - 906-847-3778
Shuttle Services From Pellston Airport to Mackinaw City:
Mackinac Shuttle (shuttle/limousine) - 888-349-8294
GETTING YOUR LUGGAGE AND YOURSELF TO YOUR DESTINATION
When boarding the ferry in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace, have the ferry dock attendant tag your luggage for the property where you will be staying - Sunset Condos, Pontiac Lodge, Village Inn Suites, Downtown Harbor Suites & Penthouse, or the name of the private home you have rented.
When you arrive on the island, your luggage will be loaded onto Stonecliffe area shuttle if you are staying at Sunset Condos. You may board the shuttle at this time, or you may want to explore the downtown area for awhile. Please contact the office for departure times from the docks or click here for Sunset Condos Shuttle Schedule. If you are staying at our other properties, a dock porter can assist you with your luggage.
There are no cars allowed on the island, so transportation is by horse drawn shuttle, horse drawn taxi, by bike, or on foot. A regularly scheduled shuttle is available to and from our Sunset Condos and downtown. You may also decide to take a taxi, walk, or bike to and from the condos.
Please note: There is a charge for the taxi and the shuttle (cash only). Also, please be aware that you cannot transport your bike on the taxi or on the shuttle.