There are 6 ways to get from Milwaukee to Wausau by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Jefferson Lines  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Wausau Transit, WI 916 / ...

$40 - $60

Cheapest option

Bus Lamers Bus Lines  •  6 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee Airport to Wausau Transit 210

$42 - $57

4 alternative options

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Portage Amtrak Empire Builder
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Portage, WI – Amtrak to Wausau, WI 8145

Drive  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Wausau 184.7 miles

$18 - $27

Fly from Milwaukee  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Wausau/Marshfield (CWA) MKE - CWA

$204 - $979

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  4 h 3 min

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

$183 - $610

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Wausau is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Wausau is to drive which costs $18 - $27 and takes 3 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Milwaukee and arriving at Wausau Transit, WI. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 30 min.

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The distance between Milwaukee and Wausau is 159 miles. The road distance is 184.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Wausau without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 30 min and costs $40 - $60.

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The bus from Milwaukee to Wausau Transit, WI takes 4 h 30 min including transfers and departs every three hours.

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

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Wausau is to bus which takes 4 h 30 min and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $1,000 and takes 4 h 42 min.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Wausau/Marshfield Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 56 min and has one stopover.

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Milwaukee to Wausau bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Wausau Transit, WI station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Milwaukee to Wausau is 185 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 10 min to drive from Milwaukee to Wausau.

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American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta offer flights from Milwaukee Airport to Wausau/Marshfield Airport.

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  • Distance: 158.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 30 min

What companies run services between Milwaukee, WI, USA and Wausau, WI, USA?

Jefferson Lines operates a bus from Milwaukee to Wausau every 3 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 4 h 30 min. Amtrak also services this route once daily. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Milwaukee to Wausau hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Wausau/Marshfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Detroit, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Wausau/Marshfield
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $550
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 Portage Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Wausau Transit, WI
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Wausau, WI
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Portage, WI – Amtrak to Wausau, WI
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Milwaukee Airport to Wausau Transit
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
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