There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Waukesha by train, bus, subway, car or plane

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Train, line 901 bus  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Hiawatha Service
  2. Take the line 901 bus from Wisconsin Ave. & 5th St. to Downtown Waukesha Transit Center 901

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Subway, bus  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the subway from Jackson-Blue to O'Hare Blue Line
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Waukesha, WI - Goerke's Corners Airport Express from Chicago O'hare / ...

$25 - $40

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Bus, line 901 bus  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi 4712 / ...
  2. Take the line 901 bus from Wisconsin Ave. & 5th St. to Downtown Waukesha Transit Center 901

Drive  •  1 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Waukesha 105.3 miles

$10 - $15

Fly, line 901 bus  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Milwaukee (MKE) ORD - MKE
  2. Take the line 901 bus from Goerkes Corners Park & Ride to Barstow St. & St. Paul

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to Waukesha. However, there are services departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Downtown Waukesha Transit Center via Wisconsin Ave. & 5th St.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 24 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Waukesha is 85 miles. The road distance is 105.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Waukesha without a car is to train and line 901 bus which takes 2 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 34 min to get from Chicago to Waukesha, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Milwaukee Airport is the direct flight which takes 47 min.

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Chicago to Waukesha bus services, operated by Waukesha County Transit, arrive at Downtown Waukesha Transit Center station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Waukesha is 105 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 51 min to drive from Chicago to Waukesha.

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

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There are 43+ hotels available in Waukesha. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Waukesha.
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  • Distance: 84.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 34 min

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

You can take a bus from Chicago to Waukesha via Milwaukee, Wi and Wisconsin Ave. & 5th St. in around 3 h 24 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $490
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
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 Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Waukesha County Transit
Website
ci.waukesha.wi.us
Bus from Wisconsin Ave. & 5th St. to Downtown Waukesha Transit Center
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Schedules at
waukesha-wi.gov
Bus from Goerkes Corners Park & Ride to Barstow St. & St. Paul
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
waukesha-wi.gov
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
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$28 - $35
Coach USA
Phone
201-225-7500
Website
coachusa.com
Bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Waukesha, WI - Goerke's Corners
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
web.coachusa.com
Book at
coachusaairportexpress.com

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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 .

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