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There are 7 ways to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee by train, bus, car, car ferry or plane

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Recommended option

Train  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Grand Rapids Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Pere Marquette
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Hiawatha Service

$67 - $151

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Grand Rapids, MI to Kalamazoo, MI
  2. Take the bus from Kalamazoo, Mi to Chicago, Il
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi

$35 - $81

5 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL 1482-33 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak Airport Express from Chicago O'hare / ...

$53 - $89

Drive, car ferry  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Grand Rapids to Muskegon
  2. Take the car ferry from Muskegon to Milwaukee

$90 - $117

Fly from Grand Rapids, bus  •  5 h 32 min

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

$95 - $269

Train, fly to Milwaukee  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Grand Rapids Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Milwaukee (MKE) ORD - MKE

$154 - $469

Amtrak Thruway to Kalamazoo, fly, bus  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Grand Rapids, MI to Kalamazoo, MI
  2. Fly from Kalamazoo (AZO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) AZO - ORD
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak

$192 - $506

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which costs $35 - $85 and takes 7 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee is to drive and car ferry which costs $90 - $120 and takes 3 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee. However, there are services departing from Grand Rapids, MI and arriving at Milwaukee, Wi via Kalamazoo, Mi and Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee station. However, there are services departing from Grand Rapids Amtrak and arriving at Milwaukee Intermodal Station via Chicago Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 37 min.

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The distance between Grand Rapids and Milwaukee is 114 miles.

The best way to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee without a car is to train which takes 6 h 37 min and costs $65 - $160.

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It takes approximately 6 h 37 min to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee, including transfers.

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Grand Rapids to Milwaukee bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Grand Rapids, MI station.

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Grand Rapids to Milwaukee train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Grand Rapids Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee is to train which takes 6 h 37 min and costs $65 - $160. Alternatively, you can Amtrak Thruway and bus, which costs $35 - $85 and takes 7 h 47 min.

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Map of how to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee.
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  • Distance: 113.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 37 min

What companies run services between Grand Rapids, MI, USA and Milwaukee, WI, USA?

You can take a train from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee via Chicago Union Station in around 6 h 37 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee via Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo, Mi, and Chicago, Il in around 7 h 47 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Grand Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $490
Flights from Kalamazoo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Grand Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $430
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
Flights from Kalamazoo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,100
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 Grand Rapids Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Kalamazoo, MI
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Kalamazoo, Mi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$28 - $35
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Coach USA
Ferry operators
Lake-Express
Website
lake-express.com
Car ferry from Muskegon to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $110
Schedules at
lake-express.com
Classic Cabin
$88
Premier Cabin
$101
Standard Vehicle
$96
Bicycle
$8

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The quickest flight from Grand Rapids Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 3 min.

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

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Milwaukee is 1 h behind Grand Rapids. It is currently 2:33 PM in Grand Rapids and 1:33 PM in Milwaukee.

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

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

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