Getting Here and Around: How to Get to Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel
From ferries and airplanes to horse-drawn carriages, here are the many ways on how to get to Mackinac Island and Grand Hotel.
By Car to Ferries
Ferry Service to Mackinac Island
NOTE: Beginning October 26th – November 2nd ferry service via Shepler’s Ferry will not be available. Overnight guests of Grand Hotel will need to use Star Line. Please always make sure to check ferry schedules prior to arrival and departure.
Passage to Mackinac Island is provided by a number of ferry boat lines, which provide service from May to November. The boats operate from early morning until early evening, with frequent crossings throughout the day. All ferry boat lines operate from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan. Luggage transfer is simple and convenient, with assistance provided on both the mainland and Mackinac Island.
Registered guests of Grand Hotel receive a discount by using Shepler’s Ferry and can purchase tickets directly online or may show their confirmation at the ferry dock to receive the discount. (Shepler’s Ferry is only available through October 26th) In addition to ferry boat tickets, admission to Grand Hotel (for non-hotel guests) can also be purchased through Shepler’s Ferry.
Visit Star Line Ferry (starting October 26th – November 2nd)
Ample parking is available at all mainland ferry docks. Options for parking vary by service and location.
It’s a short walk from the ferry docks to Grand Hotel. Horse-drawn taxi service is also available for a nominal fee. These taxis greet all ferry boats arriving at Mackinac Island.
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 to Grand Hotel. For more information, please call 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. At a cruising speed of 260 mph, Detroit and Chicago are under 90 minutes away. Up to seven passengers can fly (max. 1,200 lbs. with luggage) in comfort, with leather club seats and aft lavatory.
By flying direct to Mackinac Island Airport, this first-class experience allows you to bypass the usual ferry ride to the Island. Upon your arrival, a horse-drawn taxi can be arranged to transport you from the Mackinac Island Airport to Grand Hotel. For more information, including servicing airports and rates, please contact North County Aviation directly at 800-959-1829 or visit their website.
Mackinac County Airport (83D)
Mackinac County Airport is located in St. Ignace and offers flights to Mackinac Island Airport via two air services: Fresh Air Aviation and Great Lakes Air. Guests who require air transportation from St. Ignace may contact Fresh Air Aviation 231-237-9482 ext. 2 or Great Lakes Air at 906-643-7165 directly for more information.
Pellston Regional Airport (PLN)
Pellston Regional Airport is located 12 miles south of Mackinaw City. Air taxi service between the Pellston Regional Airport and Mackinac Island Airport are available 24 hours a day. For information, call Fresh Air Aviation at 231-237-9482 ext. 2 or Great Lakes Air at 906-643-7165.
Commercial air service to Pellston is available daily through SkyWest Airlines from Detroit.
Mackinaw Shuttle is available at the Pellston Regional Airport for transportation service between the Pellston Airport and the Mackinaw City ferry docks. Transportation from other Michigan cities is based on availability, with reservations made in advance. Reservations are recommended for ALL transportation by calling 231-539-7005.
MackTours – Unique Upper Peninsula Adventures
MackTours offers unique, all-inclusive day tours of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Day tours to and from Grand Hotel can also be arranged.