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

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Train  •  1h 29m

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee to Chicago Union Station Hiawatha Service

$25

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Bus, subway  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to O'Hare Term 1,2,3 Airport Express to Chicago O'hare
  2. Take the subway from O'Hare to Jackson-Blue Blue Line

$8 - $11

3 alternative options

Bus  •  2h

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Chicago "Greyhound" / ...

$8 - $23

Drive  •  1h 38m

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Chicago 93 miles

$9 - $14

Fly  •  3h 3m

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MKE - ORD

$104 - $257

Milwaukee to Chicago by train

The train journey time between Milwaukee and Chicago is around 1h 30m and covers a distance of around 85 miles. The fastest train normally takes 1h 29m. Operated by Amtrak, the Milwaukee to Chicago train service departs from Milwaukee and arrives in Chicago Union Station. Typically 48 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 30m
Fastest train time:
1h 29m
Trains per week:
48
Cheapest price:
$25
Carbon emissions:
7 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:15
Last train departs at:
19:35

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Milwaukee to Chicago train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Chicago is to bus and subway which costs $7 - $11 and takes 2h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Chicago is to train which costs $25 and takes 1h 29m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Milwaukee and arriving at Chicago. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Milwaukee and arriving at Chicago Union Station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 29m.

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It is 82 miles from Milwaukee to Chicago. It is approximately 93 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Chicago without a car is to train which takes 1h 29m and costs $25.

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The train from Milwaukee to Chicago Union Station takes 1h 29m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Chicago is to train which takes 1h 29m and costs $25. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $8 - $23 and takes 2h, you could also fly, which costs $100 - $260 and takes 3h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 82.1 miles
  • Duration: 1h 29m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Milwaukee to Chicago Union Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost $25 and the journey takes 1h 29m. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Milwaukee to Chicago 3 times a day. Tickets cost $16 - $23 and the journey takes 2h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $500
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 Milwaukee to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Bus operators
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 to Chicago
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $23
Flexible
$30 - $50
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Chicago
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Megabus
Wisconsin Coach Lines
Phone
+1 262-671-2538
Email
wisconsincoach@coachusa.com
Website
web.coachusa.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to O'Hare Term 1,2,3
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
coachusaairportexpress.com
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coachusaairportexpress.com
Commuter and Intercity
$5 - $6

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The quickest flight from Milwaukee Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Milwaukee to Chicago bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Chicago station.

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Milwaukee to Chicago train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chicago Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milwaukee to Chicago is 93 miles. It takes approximately 1h 38m to drive from Milwaukee to Chicago.

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

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