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

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Amtrak Thruway  •  4h 30m

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Milwaukee to Wausau, WI 8131 / ...

$40 - $60

5 alternative options

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  4h 49m

  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

Bus  •  6h 54m

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

$42 - $57

Drive  •  3h 10m

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Wausau 184.7 miles

$18 - $27

Fly from Milwaukee  •  4h 51m

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

$204 - $979

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  4h 11m

  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 3h 10m.

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

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

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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 Amtrak Thruway which takes 4h 30m and costs $40 - $60.

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The Amtrak Thruway from Milwaukee to Wausau, WI takes 4h 30m including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Wausau is to Amtrak Thruway which takes 4h 30m and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $1,000 and takes 4h 51m.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Wausau/Marshfield Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

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Milwaukee to Wausau bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Wausau, WI station.

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Wausau.
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  • Distance: 158.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 30m

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

Amtrak operates a bus from Milwaukee to Wausau once daily, and the journey takes 4h 30m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines fly from Milwaukee to Wausau hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Wausau/Marshfield
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Wausau/Marshfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Wausau/Marshfield
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
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 Portage Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
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
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Wausau, WI
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Portage, WI – Amtrak to Wausau, WI
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Wausau Transit, WI
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Wausau Transit
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from Milwaukee Airport to Wausau Transit
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
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

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

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

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There are 26+ hotels available in Wausau. Prices start at $62 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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