Cheap train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee


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Lowest Price£19.39
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Milwaukee
Based on 8 reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Hiawatha report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
4 January 2020Visiting friends
Quiet and relaxing
29 September 2019Business
more comfortable seats, air conditioner it was so hot inside,
16 August 2019Visiting family
The train was comfortable, affordable and relaxing.
The seats that face each other could have more leg room.
Travel by train!! It’s the way to go!
11 August 2019Visiting family
Trip was smooth and on time; WiFi worked well; decent scenery
Boarding process was pretty haphazard
Milwaukee Intermodal station was very crowded when I arrived Sunday at noon, so be prepared for that.
14 June 2019Visiting family
The relaxing trip.
Just enjoy

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.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Milwaukee was £19.79. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 1 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of £0.16 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The distance between Chicago and Milwaukee is approximately 81.48 miles, or 131.10 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 1 hour and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour and 13 minutes.

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.

What is the busiest day for trains from Chicago to Milwaukee?

On Saturday trains from Chicago to Milwaukee are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Monday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Typically there are 13 schedules to compare for your trip to Milwaukee. One train carrier operates regular service on the Chicago to Milwaukee route. Amtrak Hiawatha offers the most scheduled departures between Chicago to Milwaukee, usually offering 13 trips per day. 13 train trips per day are direct connections to Milwaukee, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee, which start at £0.78.

One train company connects Chicago to Milwaukee

Amtrak Hiawatha

Amtrak Hiawatha train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee start from £19.39, and on average cost £19.88. Daily there are 13 Amtrak Hiawatha schedules to Milwaukee. Amtrak Hiawatha in Chicago leaves from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, And in Milwaukee trains arrive at Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave and one other train station.

From Chicago to Milwaukee train travel on Amtrak Hiawatha takes 1 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Milwaukee faster, Amtrak Hiawatha offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 13 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Hiawatha offers 12 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £19.39 for a one-way train ticket to Milwaukee.

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Plan your next adventure

There is one train station from which trains depart Chicago on their way to Milwaukee:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
There are 2 different stations where trains from Chicago arrive in Milwaukee. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving train stations in Milwaukee:
  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St
  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave