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About 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

Airport - 5601 S 6th St  - MKEAMT-0

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Airport - 5601 S 6th St  - MKEAMT-1

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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.

Popular train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave

What train companies travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

Located in Wisconsin, Milwaukee is accessible by train from 380 other cities. You can choose from 915 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Milwaukee on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Milwaukee

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak37919h 54m£109.09
Amtrak Empire Builder3313h 23m£94.06
Amtrak Hiawatha41h 23m£21.76
  • 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.

  • Amtrak Empire Builder

    Amtrak Empire Builder

    The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

  • 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. 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.

Which train carrier has the best service to Milwaukee?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Milwaukee by train with Amtrak Hiawatha giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Empire Builder had the most comfortable train service to Milwaukee taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Empire Builder offers. They rate Amtrak Empire Builder a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Milwaukee punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Hiawatha has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Milwaukee, rating them a 4.7 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Milwaukee?

£8.90 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Milwaukee, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Milwaukee. In the last month, trains from Sturtevant to Milwaukee had the lowest average price at £9.35.

Where is the train station in Milwaukee, WI?

The busiest train station in Milwaukee is Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Milwaukee are:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave
  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St
  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave

What is the closest airport to Milwaukee, WI?

The closest airport to Milwaukee is General Mitchell Intl Airport (MKE), it is located 6.4 miles from the city center of Milwaukee.

Is Milwaukee a popular train travel destination?

Milwaukee ranks number 4 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 156 in United States. Milwaukee has the most train connections in the region. There are 124 train schedules arriving in Milwaukee each day.

What is the population of Milwaukee?

The population of Milwaukee is 600155. Milwaukee ranks number 1 in terms of population in Wisconsin and number 111 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Milwaukee cost?

Train tickets to Milwaukee range from £9 for a short trip to Milwaukee, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Milwaukee starts at , and a longer trip by train to Milwaukee can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £20 .

What type of traveler does Milwaukee attract?

People who take the train to Milwaukee are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Milwaukee easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Milwaukee?

The closest train station to the city center of Milwaukee is Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Milwaukee. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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