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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from La Crosse to Milwaukee. Traveling by bus from La Crosse to Milwaukee usually takes around 4 hours and 25 minutes, but the fastest Jefferson Lines bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance175 mi (282 km)
Shortest duration3h 45m
Cheapest price€34.18
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceMegabus
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from La Crosse to Milwaukee

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Clara Abisola

21 November 2023- Visiting friends

Jefferson Lines

Pros: All. Cons: Yet to experience. Tips: Do not know.

5.0

Tatiana

2 November 2022- Visiting friends

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Our driver was very professional and very good! Cons: Thank you! I'm very like my trip!

5.0

Timothy

27 November 2019- Vacation

OurBus

Pros: Even though the train arrived late, they managed to make the ride short and quick by getting into Milwaukee in a reasonable time. Cons: Complementary waters :). Tips: Make sure to always find out if and when your train is arriving by calling the number on their website so you do not have to sit in a waiting room for a long time.

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

€35.10 is the average price of a bus ticket from La Crosse to Milwaukee. 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

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Bus tickets from La Crosse to Milwaukee are at their cheapest average price in May. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around €36. On the other hand, traveling on this route during July might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for July trips cost €48, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 9 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €0.09 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from La Crosse to Milwaukee?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from La Crosse to Milwaukee that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Megabus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Jefferson Lines23h 48m€35.39
Megabus24h 45m€44.79
  • Book Jefferson Lines from La Crosse to Milwaukee from €34. There are 2 trips per day offered by Jefferson Lines from La Crosse to Milwaukee and you can expect on average to pay for a Jefferson Lines ticket to Milwaukee. In La Crosse, Jefferson Lines departs to Milwaukee from 314 Jay St and one other station. In Milwaukee, Jefferson Lines arrives at Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave .

    An average trip on Jefferson Lines from La Crosse to Milwaukee takes 3 hours and 48 minutes , while the fastest available Jefferson Lines trip will get you to Milwaukee in 3 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Jefferson Lines offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Milwaukee.

  • Book Megabus from La Crosse to Milwaukee from €40. There are 2 trips per day offered by Megabus from La Crosse to Milwaukee and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Milwaukee. In La Crosse, Megabus departs to Milwaukee from University of Wisconsin and one other station. In Milwaukee, Megabus arrives at Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave .

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

    On weekends, Megabus offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Milwaukee.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 25 minutes to cover the 282 kilometers from La Crosse to Milwaukee. 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.

Because many passengers travel from La Crosse to Milwaukee at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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 14:00 and the last bus leaves at 16:00. To see the times for all buses from La Crosse to Milwaukee, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from La Crosse to Milwaukee every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from La Crosse to Milwaukee without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from La Crosse to Milwaukee; ticket prices start at €14.78.

City Information

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.

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 does the bus leave from in La Crosse?

Main departure station: University of Wisconsin

Buses to Milwaukee leave from 3 stations in La Crosse.

All bus stations in La Crosse:

  • University of Wisconsin

  • 601 St Andrew St

  • 314 Jay St

Where does the bus arrive in Milwaukee?

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

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Main arrival station: Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

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.

Bus stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

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