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There are 6 ways to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City by train, bus, car, car ferry or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, bus  •  11h 18m

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

$86 - $184

Cheapest option

Bus via Kalamazoo, Mi  •  12h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Chicago, Il
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
  3. Take the bus from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, MI
  4. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

$67 - $169

4 alternative options

Bus  •  14h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
  3. Take the bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI

$76 - $123

Drive, car ferry  •  6h 42m

  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  •  5h 4m

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

$206 - $1,020

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  4h 1m

  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 6h 42m.

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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 4h 1m.

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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, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 10m.

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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 train and bus which takes 11h 18m and costs $85 - $190.

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It takes approximately 11h 18m to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City, including transfers.

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Milwaukee to Traverse City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Milwaukee, Wi station.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City is to bus which takes 12h 10m and costs $65 - $170. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $1,100 and takes 5h 4m.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Traverse City Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 28m and has one stopover.

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Milwaukee to Traverse City bus services, operated by Indian Trails, arrive at Traverse City, MI station.

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Traverse City.
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  • Distance: 165.7 miles
  • Duration: 11h 18m

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, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids in around 12h 10m. Alternatively, Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Milwaukee to Traverse City hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 19m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Milwaukee to Traverse City via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 29m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
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
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Chicago Union Station to Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Station
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
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
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Grand Rapids to Traverse City, MI
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $30
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Bus from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Grand Rapids, MI
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Chicago, Il to Kalamazoo, Mi
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
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
Ferry operators
SS Badger
Website
ssbadger.com
Car ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65
Schedules at
ssbadger.com

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Traverse City is 1h ahead of Milwaukee. It is currently 3:56 AM in Milwaukee and 4:56 AM in Traverse City.

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

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There are 58+ hotels available in Traverse City. Prices start at $76 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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