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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 Hiawatha Service

$27 - $40

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Bus  •  1h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Milwaukee "Greyhound" / ...

$8 - $23

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1h 36m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Milwaukee 92.6 miles

$9 - $14

Fly  •  3h 4m

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

$106 - $338

Chicago to Milwaukee by train

The train journey time between Chicago and Milwaukee is around 1h 31m and covers a distance of around 85 miles. The fastest train normally takes 1h 29m. Operated by Amtrak, the Chicago to Milwaukee train service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Milwaukee. Typically 27 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Chicago to Milwaukee train schedules

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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 and arriving at Milwaukee. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Milwaukee. 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 92.6 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 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 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 - $23 and takes 1h 50m, you could also fly, which costs $100 - $340 and takes 3h 4m.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Milwaukee.
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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 every 4 hours. Tickets cost $27 - $40 and the journey takes 1h 29m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Chicago to Milwaukee twice daily. Tickets cost $16 - $23 and the journey takes 1h 50m. Megabus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
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 to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $23
Flexible
$30 - $50
Megabus

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Milwaukee Airport is the direct flight which takes 44 min.

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

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Chicago to Milwaukee train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Milwaukee 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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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $2 - $5.

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