Mackinac Island Ferry Choices

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An Exhilarating Ride
to A Fairy-Tale Setting

Your Mackinac Island ferry choices are between three companies with long histories in serving tourists and year-round island residents. It’s a fun short 15-minute trip and sets the stage for your time on this magical Island.



Keep in mind that once you arrive on the Island there are only horses, carriages or bikes for transportation. 

This step back in time makes for a unique and charming setting for your vacation.

The three ferry choices are:

All three Mackinac Island ferries have on-line ordering and also right at the dock.

The round-trip tickets costs are $25 at the ferry dock and $23 online. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 pay $13 for a round-trip ticket at the ferry dock and $12 online. Each ferry allows children under the age of 5 to ride free. Bikes are $9.00 each. There might be some options to save more money, so, be sure to ask.

Dogs ride free but must be on a leash at all times and in complete control. Please be aware if your dog does not care for other dogs, horses, bicycles, crowds or loud noises, such as, cannons or musket shots, it might be best to keep your pet at home.

When Kathy takes her two Corgis to the Island, it is always inevitable that the cannons go off as she walks by the Fort. Well, when that happens, it’s off to the races with Marty and Hammie dragging Kathy to their Island vacation home.

It’s quite embarrassing and not fun for her or the dogs. So, be aware if you are bringing your dog…cannon fire may be heard at anytime!

Marcia has a Cocker Spaniel who can hardly wait to get on a taxi once disembarking the ferry.  She loves putting her nose in the air to experience all the various scents unique to the Island.

To get current Mackinac Island Ferry Schedule information, click here.

Consider staying over-night at one of the Island hotels so that you can experience the evening hours as well as the hustle and bustle of the day!

Mackinac Island Ferry

Insider Tip: If you have someone in your party who has difficulty in walking, make sure that the Mackinac Island ferry you choose has the most convenient dock location for your lodging on the Island or Mainland.  Contact us and we will let you know which dock would be closest to your destination.


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