There are 8 ways to get from Ames to Milwaukee by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Des Moines to Milwaukee  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Milwaukee (MKE) DSM - MKE

$202 - $943

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Bus  •  11 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Dubuque, IA
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin 121
  3. Take the bus from Madison to Milwaukee 965

$86 - $128

6 alternative options

Fly Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare, bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DSM - ORD
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak

$200 - $775

Bus to Cedar Rapids, fly to Chicago O'Hare, bus  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Cedar Rapids
  2. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CID - ORD
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak

$172 - $778

Bus to Minneapolis, fly to Milwaukee  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN
  2. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Milwaukee (MKE) MSP - MKE

$157 - $393

Bus to Waterloo, fly to Chicago O'Hare, bus  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Waterloo, IA
  2. Fly from Waterloo (ALO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ALO - ORD
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak

$197 - $761

Bus, train  •  11 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to St. Paul 802 / ...
  2. Take the train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Empire Builder

$100 - $212

Drive  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Ames to Milwaukee 359 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Ames to Milwaukee. However, there are services departing from Ames, IA and arriving at Milwaukee via Dubuque, IA and Madison. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 5 min.

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The distance between Ames and Milwaukee is 301 miles. The road distance is 359 miles.

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The best way to get from Ames to Milwaukee without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 49 min to get from Ames to Milwaukee, including transfers.

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Ames to Milwaukee bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Ames, IA station.

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The best way to get from Ames to Milwaukee is to fly which takes 5 h 49 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 11 h 5 min.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Milwaukee Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Ames to Milwaukee bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Milwaukee station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ames to Milwaukee is 359 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to drive from Ames to Milwaukee.

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Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Milwaukee Airport.

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Map of how to get from Ames to Milwaukee.
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  • Distance: 300.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 49 min

What companies run services between Ames, IA, USA and Milwaukee, WI, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from Ames to Milwaukee hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ames to Milwaukee via Dubuque, IA, Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin, and Madison in around 11 h 5 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Minneapolis to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Minneapolis to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Milwaukee via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$250 - $350
Bus operators
Coach USA
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Waterloo, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Dubuque, IA
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Madison to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to St. Paul
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison to Milwaukee, WI
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com

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The best way to get from Ames to Des Moines Airport is to shuttle which takes 1 h and costs .

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