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Trip Summary

There are 71 daily trains from Chicago to Milwaukee. Traveling by train from Chicago to Milwaukee usually takes around 20 hours and 40 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Hiawatha train can make the trip in one hour and 13 minutes.

Distance81 mi (131 km)
Fastest train1h 13m
Lowest price$30.78
Trains per day14
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago to Milwaukee

(Based on 21 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Emily

May 3, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Quiet environment I could read a book. Cons: Better overhead lighting for reading. Tips: No.

Pros: Quiet environment I could read a book. Cons: Better overhead lighting for reading. Tips: No.

5.0

Amberlyn

April 30, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Fun. Cons: I would have more access to resources if I were wealthy. Tips: Bring pistachios.

Pros: Fun. Cons: I would have more access to resources if I were wealthy. Tips: Bring pistachios.

5.0

Clare

March 4, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Pleasant journey, everything as it should be. Staff on the train were the best! Two cheery guys who couldn’t have been more helpful,. Tips: Be there on time.

Pros: Pleasant journey, everything as it should be. Staff on the train were the best! Two cheery guys who couldn’t have been more helpful,. Tips: Be there on time.

5.0

Jose

January 25, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: The fact that I don’t have to drive. I can just sit relax and enjoy the trip. Specially on winter time. Cons: Nothing, everything is perfect. Tips: Just to take the train anywhere and enjoy the trip.

Pros: The fact that I don’t have to drive. I can just sit relax and enjoy the trip. Specially on winter time. Cons: Nothing, everything is perfect. Tips: Just to take the train anywhere and enjoy the trip.

5.0

Gavin

November 18, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Taking the train feels like a moment of respite from the modern age. Cons: Not much. Tips: Bring a book.

Pros: Taking the train feels like a moment of respite from the modern age. Cons: Not much. Tips: Bring a book.

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Milwaukee?

In the last month, $141.05 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago to Milwaukee. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 5 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $15.77 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$173$115$58MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Chicago to Milwaukee will vary between C$130 and C$168. Planning a train trip to Milwaukee within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Chicago over the next 7 days is C$130. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$128$103$77$51$26JJASONDJFMAM

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Chicago to Milwaukee by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$32 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Chicago to Milwaukee in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$110 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$160$128$96$64$323020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 5 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Milwaukee from Chicago will be about C$15.77 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Milwaukee?

2 train services operate from Chicago to Milwaukee. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 64 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak6422h 51m$163.42
Amtrak Hiawatha71h 24m$32.06
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 64 Amtrak trains from Chicago to Milwaukee every day, as well as 90 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $31.

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  • Amtrak Hiawatha

    Amtrak Hiawatha

    Since 1971, the Amtrak Hiawatha Service has operated along an 86-mile track from Milwaukee to Chicago. Amtrak Hiawatha offers a fast connection between the two cities, with an average journey time of only 90 minutes. There are 7 Hiawatha trips from Chicago to Milwaukee each day, and 12 daily trips on weekends. Each train comes equipped with onboard WiFi and checked luggage options. Unfortunately, there is no cafe car onboard, so pack snacks if traveling makes you hangry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Chicago Metro go to Milwaukee?

The Chicago Metro (CTA) does not run to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Luckily, Amtrak has a direct trip between Chicago and Milwaukee that takes less than 1 hour 45 minutes.

Is Chicago to Milwaukee a good day trip?

Milwaukee is a great day trip from Chicago. Amtrak has a direct train line between Chicago and Milwaukee, and the earliest train leaves Chicago at 6:00 a.m. The latest train leaves Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. and takes less than 1 hour and 20 minutes to bring you back to Chicago, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the “Cream City.”

What is the fastest way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The fastest way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee is almost always going to be by train. The shortest train ride between the two cities is as quick as 1 hour, while the shortest bus trip takes at least 2 hours. Even driving yourself takes longer because of traffic.

Is there a shuttle bus you can take from the train station to the Wisconsin airport?

The General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee does offer a shuttle bus service to and from Milwaukee Intermodal Station called GO Riteway. You will need to make a reservation in advance (online or by phone call), and the shuttle can sit up to 10 people, or you can pay more for a private shuttle.

Alternatively, General Mitchell International Airport is actually a stop on the Amtrak Hiawatha from Chicago, so you may consider just getting off there instead of riding the train all the way to Milwaukee Intermodal.

Is there a direct train route from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Yes, there is a direct train for this route called the Amtrak Hiawatha. It takes about 1 hour and 23 minutes, and has three stops between Chicago Union Station and Milwaukee Intermodal Station: Glenview, IL; Sturtevant, WI; and General Mitchell International Airport. Amtrak Hiawatha also offers a Friday Late Night Train, which departs Chicago at 11:25 p.m. and arrives into Milwaukee around 12:54 a.m.

Is it safe to travel by train from Chicago to Milwaukee during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Chicago to Milwaukee. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The distance between Chicago and Milwaukee is approximately 81 miles, or 131 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 20 hours and 40 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 13 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Chicago to Milwaukee on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Milwaukee?

There are 71 scheduled trains on most days. 14 of these are direct connections to Milwaukee. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Milwaukee to Chicago.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Milwaukee

Nestling on the banks of the great Lake Michigan, Milwaukee has some of the most scenic views around, making it every photographer’s perfect destination. Boasting 85 miles of scenic waterfront bike lanes, Milwaukee is the perfect spot to ride a bike and enjoy the sunset together with your friends. It is also the home of the Harley Davidson Museum, a vast waterfront gallery that offers 11 permanent exhibitions. The museum features not only bikes but also special items such as a whole engine room, making it a must-visit spot for bike enthusiasts. If you are not interested in bikes, the Basilica of St. Josaphat, which is modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, offers many wondrous shots.

Milwaukee’s famous German bratwursts are a must-try for all visitors, and the best place to enjoy this dish is Usinger’s. Other similar establishments include Mader’s and Milwaukee Public Market. For authentic American eats, Leon's Frozen Custard Drive-In offers amazing sloppy-joe burgers.

The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is the city’s main transportation hub. Visitors can catch both buses and trains at this location. The city is served by two airports. The Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport on the southern edge of the city handles commercial flights, while the Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport in the northwest handles private flights.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Chicago, IL - Union Station - CHIUST-0

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Departure stations

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

All train stations in Chicago:

  • Union Station

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

  • Gateway Station - 430 S 15th St

  • 3120 N Pontiac Dr

  • 15766 Manchester Rd

  • 100 N Third St

  • 902 Washington Ave

  • Uptown Station - 11 Uptown Cir

  • 459 North Burdick Street

  • Penn Station

  • Van Galder Bus Office

  • 100 S EK Gaylord Blvd

  • Multi-Modal Transportation Center

  • Union Station - 400 S Houston St

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave  - MKEIMS-0

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Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave  - MKEIMS-1

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Arrival stations

The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is the major transportation hub for rail and bus travel in Wisconsin. The station is Amtrak’s second busiest in the Midwest. It acts as a gateway for long-distance travel into the American West and also connects Milwaukee to the surrounding Midwest states via the Hiawatha service. Renovated in 2007, the Intermodal Station now also offers a range of intercity bus services from carriers, including Greyhound and Jefferson Lines. Local bus routes and The Hop streetcar service provide convenient local travel around Milwaukee. Located in the city’s downtown, The Intermodal Station has vast retail spaces, several museums, and pleasant waterways all on its doorstep.

Train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

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