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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Lowest Price£18.02
Fastest Train1h 13m
Trains Per Day3
Train Lines1

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.

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

In the last month, £18.02 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

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 1 hour 24 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?

Trains from Chicago to Milwaukee are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 08:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 3 scheduled trains on most days. 6 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Milwaukee for £10.09.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Milwaukee?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Hiawatha31h 25m£18.02

Amtrak Hiawatha train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee start from £18, and on average cost £18. Daily there are 3 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 25 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 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £18 for a one-way train ticket to Milwaukee.

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Milwaukee receives travelers from Chicago at its two active train stations:

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

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Milwaukee

Average prices by travel date

£22£14£7MarMar

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI

(Based on 9 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Abigail

29 August 2020 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Hiawatha

The male conductor was great and very personal. Wish I could remember his name but he was very friendly and polite from the moment I got on until the moment I got off 8/31. I think something with a D but idk he was great.The male conductor was great and very personal. Wish I could remember his name but he was very friendly and polite from the moment I got on until the moment I got off 8/31. I think something with a D but idk he was great.

5.0

Chris

4 January 2020 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Quiet and relaxing. Cons: Nothing. Pros: Quiet and relaxing. Cons: Nothing.

4.0

Oscar

29 September 2019 - Business

Amtrak Hiawatha

more comfortable seats, air conditioner it was so hot inside, more comfortable seats, air conditioner it was so hot inside,

5.0

Nathan

16 August 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: The train was comfortable, affordable and relaxing. Cons: The seats that face each other could have more leg room. Tips: Travel by train!! It’s the way to go! Pros: The train was comfortable, affordable and relaxing. Cons: The seats that face each other could have more leg room. Tips: Travel by train!! It’s the way to go!

5.0

Calvin

11 August 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Trip was smooth and on time; WiFi worked well; decent scenery. Cons: Boarding process was pretty haphazard. Tips: Milwaukee Intermodal station was very crowded when I arrived Sunday at noon, so be prepared for that. Pros: Trip was smooth and on time; WiFi worked well; decent scenery. Cons: Boarding process was pretty haphazard. Tips: Milwaukee Intermodal station was very crowded when I arrived Sunday at noon, so be prepared for that.

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