The average price of a 7-day trip to Mackinac Island is $1,917 for a solo traveler, $3,443 for a couple, and $6,455 for a family of 4. Mackinac Island hotels range from $86 to $392 per night with an average of $143, while most vacation rentals will cost $240 to $620 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) are between $616 and $936 per person for economy flights and $1,933 to $2,937 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $54 to $121 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit Mackinac Island, MI, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to MKE and stay in a Mackinac Island hotel:

  • January 8th to March 11th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 13th to November 18th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Mackinac Island is usually early to mid September.

 

Average Mackinac Island Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $1,574-$2,772($225-$396 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $54 to $121 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $392 to $749 for economy

Lodging: $134 to $158 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $160 to $196 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $2,792-$4,742($399-$677 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $108 to $242 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $784 to $1,498 for economy

Lodging: $134 to $158 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $160 to $196 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $4,424-$8,280($632-$1,183 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $216 to $484 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,568 to $2,996 for economy

Lodging: $268 to $316 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $224 to $294 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Mackinac Island

How cheap can you make a vacation to Mackinac Island? The cheapest trip to Mackinac Island is about $152 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 0% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $220 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $73.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $1,061-$2,644($152-$378 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $33 to $65 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $392 to $749 for economy

Lodging: $73 to $86 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $220 to $240 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $1,684-$3,848($241-$550 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $66 to $130 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $784 to $1,498 for economy

Lodging: $73 to $86 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $220 to $240 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $3,368-$7,120($481-$1,017 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $132 to $260 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,568 to $2,996 for economy

Lodging: $146 to $172 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $308 to $384 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Mackinac Island cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Mackinac Island Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Mackinac Island.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $2,808-$10,287($401-$1,470 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $103 to $254 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $917 to $1,813 for first class

Lodging: $195 to $392 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $620 to $1,116 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $4,446-$13,878($635-$1,983 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $206 to $508 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,834 to $3,626 for first class

Lodging: $195 to $392 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $620 to $1,116 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Mackinac Island for a week is $8,892-$23,736($1,270-$3,391 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $412 to $1,016 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,668 to $7,252 for first class

Lodging: $390 to $784 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $992 to $1,562 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Mackinac Island Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Mackinac Island is much higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Mackinac Island due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Mackinac Island Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Mackinac Island hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are many options for vacation rentals across many price ranges in Mackinac Island.

 

Flight Costs to Mackinac Island

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $936 average in early to mid July to a low of $616 in early to mid September. Median flight price is $574. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Mackinac Island our data includes 594 originating airports, and 120 airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Mackinac Island from an airport like Shevchenko (SCO) in Aktau (Kazakhstan) for an average $5,974 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Orlando Sanford International (SFB) in Sanford, FL (the United States) at an average of just $167.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Mackinac Island, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $320, so you can easily save about 52% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Mackinac Island can easily cost $490 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $33 per person. Private tours can cost $978 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

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