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Recommended option

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Kalamazoo Amtrak
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI

Cheapest option

Bus  •  13 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

$64 - $105

5 alternative options

Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  10 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Chicago, Il
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
  3. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak to Traverse City, MI

Train, bus  •  11 h 18 min

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

$83 - $150

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

Fly from Milwaukee  •  4 h 33 min

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

$206 - $1,033

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  3 h 58 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

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

You can take a bus from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago, Il, Kalamazoo, Mi, and Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak in around 10 h 54 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Milwaukee to Traverse City hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Kalamazoo Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak 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
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
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
Bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Coach USA
Phone
201-225-7500
Website
coachusa.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
coachusa.com
Book at
coachusaairportexpress.com
Ferry operators
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between Milwaukee and Traverse City is 265 km.

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.

The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City is to bus and fly which takes 3 h 58 min and costs $180 - $650.

No, there is no direct bus from Milwaukee to Traverse City. However, there are services departing from Milwaukee, Wi and arriving at Traverse City, MI via Chicago, Il and Kalamazoo, MI - Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 54 min.

It takes approximately 10 h 40 min to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City, including transfers.