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Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

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Took the Winter Ferry!

This was a simple and convenient way to travel to Mackinaw Island in the winter. We had a rental... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida
Fast ride to the island

The people at the dock were friendly, the gift shop is nice. Only complaint on our ride back to... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Flint, Michigan
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801 S Huron Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9664
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Reviewed 13 December 2018

This was a simple and convenient way to travel to Mackinaw Island in the winter. We had a rental car and drove to the ticket building. Bought two round trip passes. Loaded our luggage on the boat and then drove to another parking lot. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alisafranz50by50
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

We paid $100 for our family of 4. We got in line 30” early to return from the island. There is no indoor waiting, so we stood in cold December rain. Upon boarding, the ferry was full, so we stood for the 40” ride. This...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

The people at the dock were friendly, the gift shop is nice. Only complaint on our ride back to the mainland they opened the doors to the seated area and it was cold.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank beckstershappy
Reviewed 29 October 2018

First off, we were picked up at the motel because my wife uses an electric scooter to get around. Quick and efficient. The ride was very smooth compared to other ferries we've been on. Our boat also took the route under the Mackinac Bridge, allowing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Richard C
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Ok so compared to Sheplers I really did not think this ferry service was that great I thought their boats were dirty and run down

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ammo68
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Not a whole lot to say. Trips were on time. Friendly employees. We were dropped off at the dock so we can’t really comment on parking. A little harder to find than the other major ferry service but that’s the only difference.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ChillyNose
Reviewed 28 October 2018

My husband booked tickets in advance of our trip and it was really easy and a good value. The staff at the stations were very nice. Parking was super easy with a free options and a paid one. I would definitely recommend riding with this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 343lindsayh
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Ferry was on time and took us under the bridge. Seats on our level were a little tired! Lots of staff and very pleasant.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank gecko59
Reviewed 24 October 2018

We have went over to the island many time, this is the first time with the star line jet boat. It was nice to get there faster.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Terry O
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

On my last experience with Star Line Ferry I encountered rude employees on both sides of the pond. On island, it was 32 degrees out plus windchill. I was waiting inside for my taxi when the woman behind the till said “are you waiting for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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16 June 2018|
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Response from April E | Reviewed this property |
There are discounts if you buy online. Also depending on the hotel you stay at they may offer a discount. The MACpass happens to be the same price online AND at the ferry terminal.
9 May 2018|
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Response from tinaanddave2016 | Reviewed this property |
That time of year can still be quite busy. A lot of people will stay in Mackinaw or St. Ignace when they go up north for the fall color tour. Purchasing in advance is always recommended. Neither of the ferry lines have... More
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11 April 2018|
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Response from suespagnuolo | Reviewed this property |
Vehicles are not allowed on the island.