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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Milwaukee to Minneapolis. Traveling by bus from Milwaukee to Minneapolis usually takes around 6 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance298 mi (480 km)
Shortest duration6h 10m
Cheapest price€30.48
Trips per day10
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines5

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Milwaukee to Minneapolis

(Based on 13 ratings and reviews)




25 June 2023- Solo travel

Jefferson Lines

Pros: First bus experience on Jefferson Lines. Will definelty take it again!! Tips: Dont need to over pack, rest stops halfway. Bring headphones.



6 November 2022- Visiting friends

Jefferson Lines

Pros: I liked how friendly everyone was and that we stopped for lunch. Cons: the seat did not recline and my back got very stiff on the long ride.



13 May 2022- Visiting friends

Jefferson Lines

Pros: On time, friendly and fair Wifi. Cons: make the Wifi has stronger connection, may be? Tips: Use Jefferson line, register online.



23 April 2021- Solo travel


Pros: The staff at the bus station was super helpful. He told me when to wait by the door, and remembered to come to check with me when the bus arrived to make sure I board on time. Super kind guy! Tips: bring something to stuff under your neck when sleeping.



19 February 2021- Visiting friends


Pros: It was convenient. Cons: Leg room.

How much is a bus ticket from Milwaukee to Minneapolis?

€41.18 is the average price of a bus ticket from Milwaukee to Minneapolis. Any tickets cheaper than €41.18 can be considered a great deal. 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.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Milwaukee to Minneapolis is expected to be between €39 and €50. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is 4 June 2024, when tickets are available for 4 June 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just €42.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Milwaukee to Minneapolis 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 €39. On the other hand, traveling on this route during July might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for July trips cost €52, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 28 days in advance to save €12.77 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Milwaukee to Minneapolis?

There are 5 bus lines from Milwaukee to Minneapolis available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 4 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Badger Bus37h 59m€57.38
FlixBus US37h 13m€48.21
Greyhound46h 21m€47.91
Jefferson Lines38h 9m€31.69
Megabus18h 51m€46.18
  • Badger Bus is a family-owned bus company running routes across Wisconsin and Minnesota, such as Milwaukee to Minneapolis. 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.

  • 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. On average, FlixBus US operates 3 trips per day from Milwaukee to Minneapolis, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach 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 performs about 4 bus trips from Milwaukee to Minneapolis every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 21 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Minneapolis usually start from €39.

  • Book Jefferson Lines from Milwaukee to Minneapolis from €30. There are 3 trips per day offered by Jefferson Lines from Milwaukee to Minneapolis and you can expect on average to pay for a Jefferson Lines ticket to Minneapolis. In Milwaukee, Jefferson Lines departs to Minneapolis from Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave . In Minneapolis, Jefferson Lines arrives at University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE) and 2 other stations.

    An average trip on Jefferson Lines from Milwaukee to Minneapolis takes 8 hours and 9 minutes , while the fastest available Jefferson Lines trip will get you to Minneapolis in 6 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, Jefferson Lines offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Minneapolis.

  • Book Megabus from Milwaukee to Minneapolis from €46. Typically there is one Megabus schedule per day from Milwaukee to Minneapolis and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Minneapolis. In Milwaukee, Megabus departs to Minneapolis from Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave . In Minneapolis, Megabus arrives at University of Minnesota (Huron Blvd at 2428 Delaware St SE) .

    An average trip on Megabus from Milwaukee to Minneapolis takes 8 hours and 51 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Minneapolis in 6 hours and 10 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Minneapolis.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 55 minutes to cover the 480 kilometers from Milwaukee to Minneapolis. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 10 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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 Milwaukee to Minneapolis 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 13:00. To see the times for all buses from Milwaukee to Minneapolis, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Milwaukee to Minneapolis every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 10 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


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.


Minneapolis, MN - MSP-0

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Minneapolis, MN - MSP-1

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Minneapolis, MN - MSP-2

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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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Milwaukee?

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

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

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Main departure 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.

All bus stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave

  • Milwaukee (Downtown)

Where does the bus arrive in Minneapolis?

Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave - MSPGLI-0

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Main arrival station: Minneapolis

Located in Central Minneapolis at 950 Hawthorne Ave, the Minneapolis Bus Station is a gateway to nearby cities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Greyhound and Jefferson Lines buses operate routes from this station to major cities such as Milwaukee or Chicago and beyond. From the Minneapolis Bus Station, it is a short 12-minute walk to Target Field Station where you can connect to light rail service throughout the city. Vending machines offer snacks or drinks within the station, or head one block south to Hennepin Ave for a variety of restaurant options for hungry travelers.

Bus stations in Minneapolis:

  • Minneapolis

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

  • Minneapolis-St Paul Airport

  • 8000 Ikea Way

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