There are 4 ways to get from Milwaukee to Dubuque by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison 966
  2. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA 122

$43 - $58

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Drive  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Dubuque 172.5 miles

$16 - $25

Fly from Milwaukee  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Dubuque (DBQ) MKE - DBQ

$202 - $992

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  3 h 53 min

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

$201 - $423

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The cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Dubuque is to drive which costs $16 - $25 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Dubuque is to drive which costs $16 - $25 and takes 2 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milwaukee to Dubuque. However, there are services departing from Milwaukee and arriving at Dubuque, IA via Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 55 min.

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The distance between Milwaukee and Dubuque is 146 miles. The road distance is 172.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Dubuque without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 55 min and costs $40 - $60.

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It takes approximately 4 h 55 min to get from Milwaukee to Dubuque, including transfers.

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Milwaukee to Dubuque bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Milwaukee station.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Dubuque is to bus which takes 4 h 55 min and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $1,000 and takes 5 h 25 min.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Dubuque Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 21 min and has one stopover.

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Milwaukee to Dubuque bus services, operated by Lamers Bus Lines, arrive at Dubuque, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milwaukee to Dubuque is 172 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 57 min to drive from Milwaukee to Dubuque.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Milwaukee Airport to Dubuque Airport.

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  • Distance: 145.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 55 min

What companies run services between Milwaukee, WI, USA and Dubuque, IA, USA?

You can take a bus from Milwaukee to Dubuque via Madison and Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin in around 4 h 55 min. Alternatively, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Milwaukee to Dubuque every 2 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Dubuque via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Dubuque via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Dubuque
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
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