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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Milwaukee to Portland. Traveling by train from Milwaukee to Portland usually takes around 53 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in 44 hours and 18 minutes.

Distance1715 mi (2760 km)
Fastest train44h 18m
Lowest price£108.11
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Milwaukee, WI to Portland, OR

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Emma

31 July 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: I loved meeting all the different travelers on the train and you didn’t have to spend any extra money by being allowed to bring whatever food you wanted. Cons: It got very cold at night, so I would encourage others to pack sweatshirts and blankets. Tips: Bring bl...

Pros: I loved meeting all the different travelers on the train and you didn’t have to spend any extra money by being allowed to bring whatever food you wanted. Cons: It got very cold at night, so I would encourage others to pack sweatshirts and blankets. Tips: Bring blankets, pack your own food, and don’t be afraid to talk to strangers :).

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

In the last month, £159.10 was the average price of a train ticket from Milwaukee, WI to Portland, OR. Given how far apart Milwaukee and Portland are from each other, there's no getting around the fact that most train tickets are on the pricier side. 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 £81.78 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£270£180£90JulAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Milwaukee to Portland will vary between £115 and £261. Planning a train trip to Portland within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Milwaukee over the next 7 days is £162. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Milwaukee to Portland by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just £118 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Milwaukee to Portland in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £177 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

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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 Portland from Milwaukee will be about £81.78 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Milwaukee to Portland?

2 train services operate from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 4 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak42d 11h 22m£219.91
Amtrak Empire Builder21d 20h 19m£159.17
  • 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 4 Amtrak trains from Milwaukee to Portland every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £114.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Milwaukee to Portland 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Milwaukee to Portland?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Milwaukee to Portland. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Milwaukee to Portland?

The distance between Milwaukee and Portland is approximately 1715 miles, or 2760 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 53 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 44 hours and 18 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 Milwaukee to Portland are the most crowded on Monday. 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 Tuesday 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 11:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 15:00. 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 Portland?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Milwaukee to Portland. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Portland to Milwaukee. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Milwaukee to Portland for £176.58.

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.

Portland

Portland is the largest city in Oregon and one of the key travel hubs in the Pacific Northwest. Also known as the City of Roses, this city along the Willamette River wows visitors with its diverse street food, quirky counterculture, and sprawling bookstores such as the world-famous Powell's Books.

Portland is the 5th best city in the United States for outdoor activities, thanks in part to open-air grounds like the expansive Forest Park. Gardens are also excellent outdoor date locales for couples on a romantic getaway: stop and smell the roses at either the International Rose Test Garden or the Portland Japanese Garden.

Once you've gotten hungry from a long day wandering outside, nearly every block downtown has a plethora of food trucks waiting to tickle your taste buds. Or, kick back at one of the many breweries in the #3 best city for craft beer in the United States. Unique locations like McMenamin's brewpubs in renovated cinemas or historic hotels do their part to "keep Portland weird."

As the biggest city in Oregon, Portland is a hub for travel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak train service and various bus services operate primarily out of Union Station, conveniently-located downtown, and nearby Portland International Airport makes it easy to travel to Portland from near and far.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Departure stations

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

Train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

Where is the train station in Portland?

Arrival stations

Portland has one train station.

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