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Routes26
Trips per day221
bus lines9
Stations7
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About 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

Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave  - MKEIMS-0

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Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave  - MKEIMS-1

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The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is the major transportation hub for rail and bus travel in Wisconsin. The station is Amtrak’s second busiest in the Midwest. It acts as a gateway for long-distance travel into the American West and also connects Milwaukee to the surrounding Midwest states via the Hiawatha service. Renovated in 2007, the Intermodal Station now also offers a range of intercity bus services from carriers, including Greyhound and Jefferson Lines. Local bus routes and The Hop streetcar service provide convenient local travel around Milwaukee. Located in the city’s downtown, The Intermodal Station has vast retail spaces, several museums, and pleasant waterways all on its doorstep.

Popular bus stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave

  • Milwaukee (Downtown)

  • Milwaukee Park & Ride Terminal

  • Agencia De Viajes Mexico

  • 2200 E Kenwood Blvd

  • Summerfest Stop

What bus companies travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

Located in Wisconsin, Milwaukee is accessible by bus from 26 other cities. You can choose from 221 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Milwaukee on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Milwaukee are also available..

Bus companies serving Milwaukee

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Tornado Bus1771d 0h 23m€228.49
FlixBus US15716h 8m€88.11
Indian Trails7615h 15m€93.47
Greyhound5512h 20m€68.31
Jefferson Lines388h 31m€49.54
Megabus253h 39m€28.86
Amtrak Thruway162h 0m€22.63
Badger Bus71h 28m€18.11
Coach USA11h 30m€35.43
  • Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities.

  • Badger Bus is a family-owned bus company running routes across Wisconsin and Minnesota. It shares the same fuzzy mascot as the University of Wisconsin, which makes it a popular choice for students traveling between the Madison and Milwaukee campuses. The easily recognizable red, white, and black buses feature free reliable Wi-Fi, comfortable seats with outlets, and clean restroom facilities.

Which bus service has the best service to Milwaukee?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Milwaukee by bus with Badger Bus giving them a 4.7 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Jefferson Lines had the most comfortable bus service to Milwaukee taking into account the seats and amenities that Jefferson Lines offers. They rate Jefferson Lines a 4.8 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Milwaukee punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Thruway has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Milwaukee, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

€4.65 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Milwaukee, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Milwaukee. In the last month, buses from Menomonie to Milwaukee had the lowest average price at €4.65. The bus from Menomonie to Milwaukee also tends to start at relatively low prices.

The busiest bus station in Milwaukee is Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Milwaukee are:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave
  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave
  • Milwaukee (Downtown)
The closest airport to Milwaukee is General Mitchell Intl Airport (MKE), it is located 6.4 miles from the city center of Milwaukee.
Among bus travelers Milwaukee is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 88 in United States. Milwaukee has the most bus connections in the region. There are 191 bus schedules arriving in Milwaukee each day.
The population of Milwaukee is 600155. Milwaukee ranks number 1 in terms of population in Wisconsin and number 70 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Milwaukee range from €11 for a short trip to Milwaukee, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Milwaukee starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Milwaukee can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as €15.
People who take the bus to Milwaukee are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Milwaukee easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of Milwaukee is Summerfest Stop, located just 0.2 miles away. Select Summerfest Stop as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Milwaukee. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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