There are 6 ways to get from La Crosse to Appleton by train, bus, car 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.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from La Crosse Amtrak to Columbus Amtrak Empire Builder
  2. Take the bus from Columbus, WI - Amtrak to Appleton, WI 106 / ...

$55 - $102

5 alternative options

Bus Badger Bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the bus from La Crosse, WI - UW La Crosse - Sanford Hall to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison College Connection
  2. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Appleton, WI 106 / ...

$64 - $73

Bus Jefferson Lines  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from La Crosse to Milwaukee 965
  2. Take the bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Appleton, Wi 4716 / ...

$60 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Drive from La Crosse to Appleton 175.6 miles

$17 - $25

Fly to Appleton  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Fly from La Crosse (LSE) to Appleton (ATW) LSE - ATW

$263 - $1,340

Fly to Green Bay, bus  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from La Crosse (LSE) to Green Bay (GRB) LSE - GRB
  2. Take the bus from Green Bay, Wi to Appleton, Wi

$271 - $1,273

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The cheapest way to get from La Crosse to Appleton is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from La Crosse to Appleton is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from La Crosse to Appleton. However, there are services departing from La Crosse, WI - UW La Crosse - Sanford Hall and arriving at Appleton, WI via Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h.

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The distance between La Crosse and Appleton is 145 miles. The road distance is 175.6 miles.

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The best way to get from La Crosse to Appleton without a car is to train and bus which takes 5 h 25 min and costs $50 - $110.

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It takes approximately 5 h 25 min to get from La Crosse to Appleton, including transfers.

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La Crosse to Appleton bus services, operated by Badger Bus, depart from La Crosse, WI - UW La Crosse - Sanford Hall station.

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The best way to get from La Crosse to Appleton is to bus which takes 7 h and costs $60 - $75. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $260 - $1,400 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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Map of how to get from La Crosse to Appleton.
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  • Distance: 144.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 25 min

What companies run services between La Crosse, WI, USA and Appleton, WI, USA?

You can take a bus from La Crosse to Appleton via Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison and Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin in around 7 h. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from La Crosse to Appleton every 4 hours.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from La Crosse to Appleton via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from La Crosse to Green Bay via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from La Crosse to Appleton via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from La Crosse to Green Bay via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from La Crosse to Appleton via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
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 La Crosse Amtrak to Columbus Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Columbus, WI - Amtrak to Appleton, WI
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Appleton, WI
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Appleton
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from Green Bay, WI - Metro to Appleton, WI
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Columbus, WI to Appleton, WI
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from La Crosse, WI - UW La Crosse - Sanford Hall to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from La Crosse to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Appleton, Wi
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Green Bay, Wi to Appleton, Wi
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22

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