There are 5 ways to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City by car ferry, bus, train, car or plane

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Car ferry, bus  •  8 h 39 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon
  2. Take the bus from Muskegon, Mi to Grand Rapids, Mi
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

$130 - $165

Cheapest option

Drive, car ferry  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Manitowoc
  2. Take the car ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington
  3. Drive from Ludington to Traverse City

$82 - $91

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  11 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

$83 - $150

Fly from Milwaukee  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Traverse City (TVC) MKE - TVC

$206 - $1,020

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  3 h 56 min

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

$185 - $651

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City is to drive and car ferry which costs $80 - $95 and takes 6 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City is to bus and fly which costs $180 - $650 and takes 3 h 56 min.

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The distance between Milwaukee and Traverse City is 166 miles.

The best way to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City without a car is to car ferry and bus which takes 8 h 39 min and costs $130 - $170.

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It takes approximately 8 h 39 min to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Traverse City Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 57 min and has one stopover.

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Traverse City is 1 h ahead of Milwaukee. It is currently 9:59 AM in Milwaukee and 10:59 AM in Traverse City.

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta offer flights from Milwaukee Airport to Traverse City Airport.

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There are 51+ hotels available in Traverse City. Prices start at $96 USD per night.

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

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City.
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  • Distance: 165.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 39 min

What companies run services between Milwaukee, WI, USA and Traverse City, MI, USA?

American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from Milwaukee to Traverse City hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
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 Muskegon, Mi to Grand Rapids, Mi
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $30
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Coach USA
Ferry operators
Lake-Express
Website
lake-express.com
Car ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$85 - $110
Schedules at
lake-express.com
Classic Cabin
$88
Premier Cabin
$101
Standard Vehicle
$96
Bicycle
$8
SS Badger
Website
ssbadger.com
Car ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65
Schedules at
ssbadger.com

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