Whether you're arriving by land, sea or air, traveling to Mackinac Island is a scenic start to the vacation of your dreams.
Mackinac Island is accessible either by ferry or aircraft.
No automobiles are allowed on Mackinac Island.
Driving directions to the Ferry Docks
Ferries to Mackinac Island depart from either Mackinaw City in Michigan’s lower peninsula or St. Ignace in the upper peninsula.
Passage to Mackinac Island by ferry is provided by two companies – Star Line Ferry and Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. Each company departs from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. For your convenience, when traveling from Mackinaw City, Shepler’s ferries dock one block from Hotel Iroquois, and the Star Line ferries dock two blocks from Hotel Iroquois. Many guests enjoy a drive across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge to the slower paced St. Ignace ferry docks. When departing from St. Ignace, the Star Line ferries dock directly next to Hotel Iroquois.
Please be sure to check the ferry lines’ websites for a current schedule of departures for your dates of travel.
Luggage transfer is simple and convenient, with assistance provided on both the mainland, by the ferry company, and on Mackinac Island by Hotel Iroquois.
Ample parking is available at all mainland ferry docks. All ferry lines offer complimentary outdoor parking. Indoor and valet parking are available for an additional charge.
Mackinac Island Airport (MCD)
Mackinac Island Airport’s 3,500-foot lighted, paved runway can accommodate private and charter aircraft. The airport is two miles from Hotel Iroquois’ waterfront location. Horse-drawn taxi service is available for you and your luggage. Please note the taxi service does not transport bicycles. You can arrange for a taxi by calling 906-847-3323. Reservations are recommended. It can take up to an hour for taxi service to arrive at the airport without a reservation.
Pellston Regional Airport (PLN)
Pellston Regional Airport is the primary commercial airport for our area and is located 12 miles south of Mackinaw City.
Ground transportation from the Pellston Regional Airport to the ferry dock can arranged by contacting Mackinaw Shuttle at 888-349-8294 or 231-539-7005. Reservations are recommended.
Air taxi service between the Pellston Regional Airport and Mackinac Island Airport is available 24 hours a day. For information, call Great Lakes Air at 906-643-7327.
You may also want to consider flying into either the Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), or the Chippewa County Airport (CIU) near Sault Ste. Marie.
Fly from your airport directly to Mackinac Island on one of North Country Aviation’s charter planes. For more information, including servicing airports and rates, please contact North Country Aviation directly at 800-959-1829 for more information.