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

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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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  5 h 58 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

6 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 37 min

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

$67 - $151

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 24 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 - $279

Train, fly to Milwaukee  •  7 h 26 min

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

$154 - $469

Amtrak Thruway to Kalamazoo, fly, bus  •  5 h 55 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 5 h 58 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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The distance between Grand Rapids and Milwaukee is 114 miles.

It takes approximately 5 h 58 min to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee, including transfers.

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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 5 h 58 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 Amtrak via Chicago Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 37 min.

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

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Milwaukee is 1 h behind Grand Rapids. It is currently 7:46 AM in Grand Rapids and 6:46 AM in Milwaukee.

Map of how to get from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee.
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  • Distance: 113.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 58 min

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

You can take a bus from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee via Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo, Mi, and Chicago, Il in around 5 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee via Chicago Union Station Amtrak in around 6 h 37 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Grand Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 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 1 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 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $430
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
Flights from Kalamazoo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,100
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Grand Rapids Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 Amtrak to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak
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 - $210
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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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
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $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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