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

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Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from La Crosse Amtrak Station to Columbus Amtrak Station Empire Builder
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Columbus, WI to Appleton, WI 8143 / ...

$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 20 min

  1. Take the bus from La Crosse, WI to Madison 965
  2. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Appleton, WI 106 / ...

$59 - $79

Drive  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Drive from La Crosse to Appleton 175.6 miles

$17 - $25

Fly to Appleton  •  3 h 55 min

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

$263 - $1,340

Fly to Green Bay  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Fly from La Crosse (LSE) to Green Bay (GRB) LSE - GRB

$304 - $1,301

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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 Amtrak Thruway 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 55 min.

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There is no direct flight from La Crosse Airport to Appleton Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 34 min and has one stopover.

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La Crosse to Appleton bus services, operated by Lamers Bus Lines, arrive at Appleton, WI station.

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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 and Delta 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 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from La Crosse to Appleton via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from La Crosse to Appleton via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Flights from La Crosse to Green Bay via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from La Crosse to Green Bay via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from La Crosse to Appleton via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from La Crosse to Green Bay via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
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 La Crosse Amtrak Station to Columbus Amtrak Station
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
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 Columbus, WI to Appleton, WI
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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
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, WI to Madison
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Yes, the driving distance between La Crosse to Appleton is 176 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 34 min to drive from La Crosse to Appleton.

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American Airlines and Delta offer flights from La Crosse Airport to Appleton Airport.

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There are 34+ hotels available in Appleton. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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The best way to get from La Crosse to La Crosse Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs $13 - $17.

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