Minneapolis to La Crosse bus

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Minneapolis - La Crosse Bus Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Minneapolis to La Crosse. Traveling by bus from Minneapolis to La Crosse usually takes around 4 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest Jefferson Lines bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance129 mi (207 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price€24.94
Trips per day3
Most frequent serviceJefferson Lines
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Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Minneapolis to La Crosse

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




20 January 2024- Business

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Impressed with service, bargain and had a good experienced. Will use this bus line again. Cons: N/A.



7 June 2023- Visiting family

Jefferson Lines

The driver was very nice



5 December 2021- Regular commuter

Jefferson Lines

Pros: It is handy to have a bus that will leave on any day that I need to go back and forth between Minneapolis and La Crosse. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Dress warm while waiting for the bus.

How much is a bus ticket from Minneapolis to La Crosse?

€24.94 is the average price of a bus ticket from Minneapolis to La Crosse. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from Minneapolis to La Crosse by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around €25 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 25 days in advance to save up to €0.91.

What bus companies travel from Minneapolis to La Crosse?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Minneapolis to La Crosse. Jefferson Lines connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Jefferson Lines44h 47m€26.06
  • Book Jefferson Lines from Minneapolis to La Crosse from €25. There are 4 trips per day offered by Jefferson Lines from Minneapolis to La Crosse and you can expect on average to pay for a Jefferson Lines ticket to La Crosse. In Minneapolis, Jefferson Lines departs to La Crosse from University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE) and one other station. In La Crosse, Jefferson Lines arrives at 314 Jay St and one other station.

    An average trip on Jefferson Lines from Minneapolis to La Crosse takes 4 hours and 47 minutes , while the fastest available Jefferson Lines trip will get you to La Crosse in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Jefferson Lines offers 4 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to La Crosse.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 207 kilometers from Minneapolis to La Crosse. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 05:00 and the last bus leaves at 11:00. To see the times for all buses from Minneapolis to La Crosse, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Minneapolis to La Crosse every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

City Information


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Situated along the bank of the Mississippi River in Minnesota, Minneapolis is one of the biggest and most exciting cities to visit in the Midwest. It is home to the Chain of Lakes, where you can swim, fish, boat and even bike or walk along the lakeside trails. It’s no wonder Minneapolis is among the top 10 cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities!

Although it's known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis has a lot more to offer than gorgeous lakes, wetlands, and waterfalls. Shopaholics can spend days getting lost in the Mall of America, which boasts over 500 stores and an indoor theme park. If you're visiting Minneapolis on a romantic vacation, Minneapolis' bustling theater district offers excellent date nights from dozens of theater companies. Or, for a less musical and more brews-ical date option, head to one of 62 top-rated breweries in the #2 best city in America for craft beer.

Minneapolis can be visited in any season, but keep in mind that it becomes a frigid, snowy destination in the winter. January hovers around 0° Fahrenheit, but it's worth bundling up to enjoy the St. Paul Winter Carnival, or hockey and ice skating on any of the 13 lakes in the city. Have we mentioned how great the lakes are?

If you're visiting both of the Twin Cities, you can take public transport from downtown Minneapolis to Saint Paul in about 30 minutes. Public transit also connects downtown to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Thanks to bus stations throughout Minneapolis, traveling by bus is the easiest way to arrive directly in the middle of the action and begin your adventure.

La Crosse

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A busy college town blessed with lush and beautiful green zones, La Crosse is one of the best places to just chill out and unwind. The city's star attraction is the Grandad Bluff, which offers a panoramic view of the entire city and the Mississippi River. Hiking up the hill will certainly be a challenge, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile. While staying in the city, don't miss out on the chance to go on a cruise aboard the La Crosse Queen, a replica paddle steamer, and unwind while enjoying the sunset. For some family fun, head over to the Children's Museum of La Crosse.

La Crosse does have a pretty reputable food scene, with a strong focus on beers and cheese curds. For an upscale dining experience with the best local dishes, The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern is a local favorite that has a stellar reputation. Or head to the Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery for a combination of good foods and drinks.

La Crosse is easily accessible by bus or train, and regional flights operate out of the La Crosse Municipal Airport.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Minneapolis?

Main departure station: University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE)

Minneapolis has two bus stations with service to La Crosse.

All bus stations in Minneapolis:

  • University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE)

  • Minneapolis

Where does the bus arrive in La Crosse?

Main arrival station: 314 Jay St

Buses to La Crosse stop at Jay Street in front of the Grand River Station. The aptly-named grand building features arching ceilings, marble decoration, and amenities like seating and vending machines inside. The station is conveniently located in downtown La Crosse with easy access to surrounding hotels, restaurants, and a rental car agency across the street. Bus lines, including Greyhound and Jefferson Lines, connect La Crosse to Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, and beyond.

Bus stations in La Crosse:

  • 314 Jay St

  • University of Wisconsin

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