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Trip Summary

There are 7 daily trains from Milwaukee to Chicago. Traveling by train from Milwaukee to Chicago usually takes around one hour and 26 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Hiawatha train can make the trip in one hour and 19 minutes.

Distance81 mi (131 km)
Fastest train1h 19m
Lowest price£18.12
Trains per day14
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Hiawatha
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 14 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Lourene

5 June 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: It was nice and comfortable. I have no complaints at all. Cons: Everything was perfect for me.

Pros: It was nice and comfortable. I have no complaints at all. Cons: Everything was perfect for me.

5.0

Veronica

27 April 2021 - Solo travel

Amtrak Hiawatha

The cleanliness and comfort.

The cleanliness and comfort.

5.0

Quotis

11 March 2021 - Vacation

Amtrak Hiawatha

Very good overall I will continue traveling with amtrak

Very good overall I will continue traveling with amtrak

5.0

John

6 March 2021 - Couples trip

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Convenient. Cons: No changes. Tips: No.

Pros: Convenient. Cons: No changes. Tips: No.

5.0

Jacques

29 February 2020 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Hiawatha

Pros: Easy travel to the right place to meet friends. Cons: Nothing. Tips: MKA has no person in the station, so you are on your own to answer any questions OR get help from fellow passengers. Also it seems an Amtrak ticket for the day is actually good for any time.

Pros: Easy travel to the right place to meet friends. Cons: Nothing. Tips: MKA has no person in the station, so you are on your own to answer any questions OR get help from fellow passengers. Also it seems an Amtrak ticket for the day is actually good for any time.

Milwaukee to Chicago Route Map

Milwaukee Chicago

Price trends for trains from Milwaukee to Chicago

Average prices by travel date

£22£14£7JunJul

Monthly average prices

£18£14£11£7£4JASONDJFMAMJ

Prices as travel date approaches

£18£14£11£7£43020100

Which train should you take from Milwaukee to Chicago?

Amtrak Hiawatha is the one and only train line which connects Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. However, there are 7 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Hiawatha71h 27m£18.12

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to fly, drive or take the train from Milwaukee to Chicago?

Your best bet is to take the train from Milwaukee to Chicago, as it’s likely to be the fastest option at a reasonable price. You can purchase a train ticket for around $25, and the ride takes about 1.5 hours.

Compare that to flying, which can cost upwards of $200. Bus tickets average $9, but the ride takes about two hours without factoring in traffic (which you should definitely consider if you’re headed to Chicago during rush hour). Driving yourself is also likely to be a more expensive option, as you have to consider the price of gas, parking and tolls.

Is it safe to travel by train from Milwaukee to Chicago 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 Milwaukee to Chicago?

The distance between Milwaukee and Chicago is approximately 81 miles, or 131 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 19 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 Milwaukee to Chicago are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Monday 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 Milwaukee at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. 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 Milwaukee to Chicago?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. 14 of these are direct connections to Chicago. 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 Chicago to Milwaukee. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Milwaukee to Chicago for £11.60.

City Information

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Milwaukee where you can board the train to Chicago.

Train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

Where is the train station in Chicago?

Arrival stations

The historic Chicago Union Station is the United States' third busiest train station and a hub for 15 Amtrak train lines with destinations throughout the country. The station also serves bus carriers like Greyhound, Indian Trails and Jefferson Lines, and offers connections to Metra commuter lines. Union Station is also just a quick walk to the nearest Chicago L lines. The current station was built in 1925, to replace the original one dating back to 1881, and today wows visitors with its impressive facade, massive columns, and opulent Great Hall. Located right in downtown and adjacent to the Chicago Loop, Union Station is equipped with many services and amenities, including phone charging stations, shops, and various food and drink options.

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