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Milwaukee - Detroit Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Milwaukee to Detroit. Traveling by train from Milwaukee to Detroit usually takes 9 hours and 22 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 8 hours.

Distance252 mi (405 km)
Fastest train8h 0m
Lowest price$79.63
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Milwaukee to Detroit

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Anetra

November 30, 2021- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: It got me there safely. Tips: Trains always delayed.Consider that when Booking.

4.0

Tumba

September 21, 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: NO really but from Milwaukee to Chicago I was excellent but from Chicago to Detroit I was very old bus and didn’t attend my seminar on time. Cons: Just regret. Tips: No.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Milwaukee and Detroit cost $121.04, on average. Booking your trip at least 24 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $47.52 more.

Average prices by travel date

$185$124$62JulAug

For the next 30 days, the cost of a one-way train trip from Milwaukee to Detroit will range from $100 to $176. If you're planning to travel by train to Detroit in the upcoming week, the cheapest train ticket from Milwaukee you can find in the next 7 days is $102. Be sure to book your trip in advance as train ticket prices typically increase as your travel date approaches.

Monthly avg. prices

$137$110$82$55$27ASONDJFMAMJJ
You can find the lowest prices on this route during January. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Milwaukee to Detroit, with the average price at just $100. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in December, when the average price goes up to $122. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$172$137$103$69$343020100

By booking your train trip from Milwaukee to Detroit on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time, you can save about $47.52 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Milwaukee to Detroit?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Milwaukee to Detroit. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak39h 22m$135.18
  • 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 3 Amtrak trains from Milwaukee to Detroit every day, as well as 8 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $80.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Milwaukee and Detroit is approximately 252 miles, or 405 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 22 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

Wednesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Milwaukee to Detroit. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Wednesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

The earliest train departs Milwaukee at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

City Information

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.

Detroit

Often stigmatized as a dead city, Detroit is making a huge comeback, and it is fast becoming a hidden gem among travelers. Your first stop should be at the Detroit Institute of Art, the city’s foremost cultural destination. Featuring more than 100 galleries with artworks from masters such as Van Gogh or Diego Rivera, the museum offers tourists hours of artistic immersion and enjoyment. For those wishing to learn more about the history of Motown or Black American communities, the city’s Motown Museum and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be top-tier destinations. Finally, don’t miss out on the chance to catch a performance at the lavish Fox Theater, a national landmark.

As Detroit is the birthplace of Coney dog, it would be a huge miss if you pass up the chance to try out this masterpiece. One of the locals’ favorite Coney dog establishments is Lafayette Coney Island. Detroit’s craft beer scene is also quite lively, and some famous local brands include Batch Brewing Company and Detroit Beer Co.

The principal bus terminal in the city is on Howard St, where travelers can catch buses run by Greyhound, Indian Trails or Barons Bus. You can also catch Amtrak trains at the train station in New Center, north of downtown Detroit. Detroit is served by Amtrak’s Wolverine line. The city’s main airport is the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, which is located in nearby Romulus.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Airport - 5601 S 6th St  - MKEAMT-0

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Airport - 5601 S 6th St  - MKEAMT-1

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Main departure station: Airport - 5601 S 6th St

The Milwaukee Airport Rail Station is located on the western edge of the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. The station serves as a rail link for the airport and also as a more accessible transport link for residents living in the south of Milwaukee compared to the central Intermodal Station. Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service is the only train that operates at the station and runs northwards to downtown Milwaukee and southwards to Chicago Union Station, where passengers can change for travel across the entire Midwest region. The airport station also has a shuttle service to the airport terminal.

All train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

Where is the train station in Detroit?

11 W Baltimore Ave - DETAMT-0

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Main arrival station: 11 W Baltimore Ave

Detroit’s Amtrak station connects Motor City with the nation’s rail network via three daily trains on the Amtrak Wolverine, which runs from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan. Bus service on Miller Transportation also operates from the Amtrak Station on 11 W Baltimore Avenue, and from the adjacent platform, travelers can connect to the QLine streetcar system. The station’s amenities include clean restrooms, vending machines, and onsite customer service staff. Thanks to its location in the New Center neighborhood, the Amtrak station is surrounded by various restaurants and is one block away from the historic landmark, Cadillac Place.

Train stations in Detroit:

  • 11 W Baltimore Ave

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