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how may I get from Chicago to Mackinac Island??

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how may I get from Chicago to Mackinac Island??

Hello I have a problem.. We are going to the States, to work on the Mackinac Island and we have booked tickets frome Europe to Chicago... Spend some time in Chicago and then, get to Mackinac Island.. Here comes the problem.. Air tickets are very expensive.. No train at all.. Only 13 hours by bus... Then, obviously car.. But..Is it possible to hire car in Chicago and leave it somewhere in Michigan?? How much does it cost approximetely? Wouldn t it be like the air tickets..??:)) Since we are travelling as a couple, the air trip would cost us about 700 dollars.... I will appreciate every advice...


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11. Re: how may I get from Chicago to Mackinac Island??

Looks like they fly from Midway, which is on the southwest side of Chicago. It is the "L" station at the end of the orange line, so easily reachable from downtown.

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12. Re: how may I get from Chicago to Mackinac Island??

They do fly from Midway (Chicago's smaller ... but still large / commercial airport) to Pelston Michigan (PLN). The have a limited flight schedule and don't allow much luggage, so inquire before you reserve flights (you could always ship excess luggage by UPS). BUT, the Pelston region is a very popular Summer vacation area and the flights fill months ahead of departure, so do research as soon as possible so you can reserve flights soon.

If you search " lakeshore express" on Google or Trip Advisor you should find reviews on their service.

Good luck and have a great Summer in God's countty

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13. Re: how may I get from Chicago to Mackinac Island??

Their total baggage limit, according to their website, is 30 pounds, for both carry-on and one checked bag put together I don't see any flights for $160, just some flights for $185 and up. You would also have to book a shuttle from the airport to Mackinaw City and then catch the ferry, don't know how much the shuttles run. Just make sure you have all arrangement in place.


14. Re: how may I get from Chicago to Mackinac Island??

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