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There are 7 ways to get from Milwaukee to Columbus by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly from Milwaukee  •  4h 56m

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Columbus (CMH) MKE - CMH

$144 - $757

Cheapest option

Train, bus Hoosier Ride  •  11h 9m

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station Hiawatha Service
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH Chicago / ...

$53 - $135

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Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  4h 17m

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

$133 - $308

Train to Chicago Midway, fly  •  4h 53m

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Columbus (CMH) MDW - CMH

$149 - $424

Train, bus via Toledo Amtrak Station  •  10h 43m

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Toledo Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from Toledo, Oh to Columbus, Oh

$90 - $195

Bus  •  13h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Warsaw, IN
  3. Take the bus from Warsaw, IN to Columbus, OH

$78 - $153

Drive  •  7h 28m

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Columbus 447.1 miles

$40 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Columbus is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 7h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Columbus is to bus and fly which costs $130 - $310 and takes 4h 17m.

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The distance between Milwaukee and Columbus is 333 miles. The road distance is 447.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Columbus without a car is to train and bus which takes 10h 43m and costs $90 - $200.

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It takes approximately 4h 56m to get from Milwaukee to Columbus, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Columbus is to fly which takes 4h 56m and costs $140 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $160 and takes 13h 11m.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Columbus Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 10m and has one stopover.

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Columbus is 1h ahead of Milwaukee. It is currently 7:29 AM in Milwaukee and 8:29 AM in Columbus.

Yes, the driving distance between Milwaukee to Columbus is 447 miles. It takes approximately 7h 28m to drive from Milwaukee to Columbus.

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Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Milwaukee Airport to Columbus Airport.

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Columbus.
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  • Distance: 333.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 56m

What companies run services between Milwaukee, WI, USA and Columbus, OH, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Milwaukee to Columbus hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Milwaukee to Columbus via Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport, O'Hare, Clinton-Blue, Chicago, IL, and Warsaw, IN in around 13h 11m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 19m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Nashville
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Chicago Midway to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Milwaukee to Columbus via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
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 Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Train from Chicago Union Station to Toledo Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Bus operators
Coach USA
Phone
201-225-7500
Website
coachusa.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
web.coachusa.com
Book at
coachusaairportexpress.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 Toledo, Oh to Columbus, Oh
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Hoosier Ride
Phone
800-544-2383
Website
hoosierride.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $110
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Warsaw, IN
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
hoosierride.com
Bus from Warsaw, IN to Columbus, OH
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $70
Book at
hoosierride.com

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There are 205+ hotels available in Columbus. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Milwaukee Airport is to bus which takes 29m and costs $3.

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