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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from La Crosse to Milwaukee. Traveling by train from La Crosse to Milwaukee usually takes around 5 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance175 mi (282 km)
Fastest train3h 20m
Lowest price£23.46
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from La Crosse, WI to Milwaukee, WI

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Latroi

24 December 2019- Visiting family

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Comfortable and relaxing. Tips: Take Amtrak, no traffic worries.

Pros: Comfortable and relaxing. Tips: Take Amtrak, no traffic worries.

5.0

Kabel

14 November 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Quick travel home from school

Quick travel home from school

5.0

Robert

5 October 2019- Business

Amtrak Empire Builder

Cons: It will be difficult to use the train if it is suppose to leave at 10:45 but doesn't leave until nearly one PM. ie not to reliable, can't make it to business meetings if its so late. Tips: not at this time.

Cons: It will be difficult to use the train if it is suppose to leave at 10:45 but doesn't leave until nearly one PM. ie not to reliable, can't make it to business meetings if its so late. Tips: not at this time.

5.0

Elizabeth Moran

15 September 2019- Solo travel

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: relaxing. Cons: the bathroom was clean but a few replacements could be done (toilet seat, shiney faucets).

Pros: relaxing. Cons: the bathroom was clean but a few replacements could be done (toilet seat, shiney faucets).

4.0

Isabelle

7 September 2019- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

There was wifi but it did not work.

There was wifi but it did not work.

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

In the last month, £27.94 was the average price of a train ticket from La Crosse, WI to Milwaukee, WI. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £20.23 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£44£29£15SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from La Crosse to Milwaukee will vary between £26 and £40. Planning a train trip to Milwaukee within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from La Crosse over the next 7 days is £28. 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

£37£29£22£15£7ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from La Crosse to Milwaukee by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £24 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from La Crosse to Milwaukee in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £34 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

£55£44£33£22£113020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Milwaukee from La Crosse will be about £20.23 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from La Crosse to Milwaukee?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak27h 8m£37.70
Amtrak Empire Builder23h 20m£32.50
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from La Crosse to Milwaukee every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £29.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from La Crosse 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.

How long is the train journey from La Crosse to Milwaukee?

The distance between La Crosse and Milwaukee is approximately 175 miles, or 282 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 20 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from La Crosse to Milwaukee are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 La Crosse at 10:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00. 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 La Crosse to Milwaukee?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 2 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 La Crosse. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from La Crosse to Milwaukee for £29.32.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in La Crosse?

Departure stations

There is one train station in La Crosse.

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Arrival stations

Milwaukee receives travelers from La Crosse at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

Need a return trip from Milwaukee to La Crosse?

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