Northwest Air Link provides daily flights to the Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) (800-225-2525). Car rentals are available at the airport.
If you plan to visit Isle Royal National Park, an Off the Beaten Path wilderness island, this is only accessible by boat or seaplane, both which can be taken out of Houghton. The Ranger III is the official park-owned boat, which is docked along the waterway in Houghton.
Floatplane service is also available from Houghton. Schedules can be obtained from the Park Service Headquarters in Houghton. For inquires about Isle Royal, contact park headquarters at Isle Royal National Park, 800 E. Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI 49931, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/isro/ranger-iii.htm
When I went to Houghton, there was only one airline that made the trip... Northwest. The only other option is to fly into another city, say Marquette or into Wisconson and drive on in.
I lived in Hougton for ten weeks and was able to get around in the city just fine by walking. My friend Cathy and I did take a taxi once to go to the movie theatre (to see the Blair Witch Project, gosh that was a long time ago) because we didn't know where it was (across the bridge in Hancock), but we were able to walk back because it is such an easy place to get around.
If are flying in: the airport is located in
Hancock(airport code CMX), MI( about 10 minutes from down-town Houghton. If you are driving make sure that you have good winter tires and that you drive slowly in the winter! The slush and snow has a tendency to pull unsuspecting drivers into the ditch!
Although there is A (note the singular A) City of Houghton bus, don't count on advanced public transportation to get places!!
The best way to travel to Houghton would be by automobile. although there is an airport about 20 mins away that has car rental service
If it is winter, then the best way is to either get a car/truck, etc with good tires for the snowy roads or to use a snowmobile. Other wise, you can call on the taxi service or Houghton Transit.
Be sure to check you luggage for tears and holes when using the Houghton branch of Northwest Airlines. I have personally seen them haphazzardly tossing luggages from the plane to a service cart. I didn't think much of it, but when I picked up my suitcase, there were two separate slices. I was quite displeased, but they did eventually pay for second-rate repairs after a thorough discussion assuring them that the luggage was not damaged prior to checking it.