There are 4 ways to get from Chicago to Milwaukee by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 29m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Hiawatha Service

$27 - $40

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Bus  •  2h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi 4712 / ...

$8 - $24

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1h 36m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee 92.9 miles

$9 - $14

Fly  •  3h 12m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Milwaukee (MKE) ORD - MKE

$116 - $388

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee is to train which costs $27 - $40 and takes 1h 29m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Milwaukee, Wi. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Milwaukee Intermodal Station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 29m.

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The distance between Chicago and Milwaukee is 82 miles. The road distance is 92.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee without a car is to train which takes 1h 29m and costs $27 - $40.

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The train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station takes 1h 29m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Chicago to Milwaukee bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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Chicago to Milwaukee train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee is to train which takes 1h 29m and costs $27 - $40. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $8 - $24 and takes 2h 20m, you could also fly, which costs $110 - $390 and takes 3h 12m.

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  • Distance: 82.1 miles
  • Duration: 1h 29m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Milwaukee, WI, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 1h 29m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi every 4 hours. Tickets cost $16 - $24 and the journey takes 2h 20m. Megabus also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
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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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$35 - $50
Megabus

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Milwaukee Airport is the direct flight which takes 49 min.

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Chicago to Milwaukee bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Milwaukee, Wi station.

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Chicago to Milwaukee train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Milwaukee Intermodal Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Milwaukee is 93 miles. It takes approximately 1h 36m to drive from Chicago to Milwaukee.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Milwaukee Airport.

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Book your Chicago to Milwaukee train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Chicago to Milwaukee bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 179+ hotels available in Milwaukee. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 43 min and costs $2 - $5.

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