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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Madison to Milwaukee. Traveling by train from Madison to Milwaukee usually takes around 7 hours and 23 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Distance76 mi (122 km)
Fastest train2h 9m
Lowest price€23.72
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

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

In the last month, €45.85 was the average price of a train ticket from Madison, WI to Milwaukee, WI. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €0.22 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€51€34€17SepSep

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Milwaukee from Madison is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about €45 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

€64€51€38€25€13ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Madison to Milwaukee by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for August. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €42 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Madison to Milwaukee in February, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €47 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

€64€51€38€25€133020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Milwaukee from Madison will be about €0.22 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Madison to Milwaukee?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Madison, Wisconsin to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, there are 8 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak87h 24m€45.89
  • 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 8 Amtrak trains from Madison to Milwaukee every day, as well as 26 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €24.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Madison to Milwaukee 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 Madison to Milwaukee?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Madison to Milwaukee, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Madison to Milwaukee?

The distance between Madison and Milwaukee is approximately 76 miles, or 122 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 9 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Madison to Milwaukee are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Sunday 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 Madison at 02:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 14:00. 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 Madison to Milwaukee?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Milwaukee to Madison. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Madison to Milwaukee for €16.94.

City Information

Madison

Consistently ranking high on the lists of the best places to live in the USA, Madison still maintains its quaint and idyllic small-town vibe despite being the capital city of Wisconsin. Sitting among the city’s most iconic and most popular landmarks is the Madison Memorial Union, which is located within the campus of the University of Madison. The building features a lakeview terrace filled with colorful chairs, allowing visitors to chill out and enjoy the sun. If you are interested in the history of the state or architecture as a whole, head over to the State Capitol building, which was built between 1906 and 1917. The building features lavish council chambers, which were modeled after the famous Doge’s Palace in Venice, along with other architectural highlights. If you wish to stay close to nature, the Olbrich Botanical garden, with its famous Thai Pavilion and Garden, will certainly be a great choice.

As a college city, Madison features numerous cutting-edge establishments that will make your mouth water. For some of the best dining views in town, head over to Graze, where you can also grab some of the best cheese curds in Madison. If you want to enjoy the best brunch in town, Sardine might have what you need.

The busiest bus/train station in Madison is located on Collins Ct. The city is served by the Dane County Regional Airport, 6 miles northeast of downtown.

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 is the train station in Madison?

Departure stations

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

Train stations in Madison:

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride Lot

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Arrival stations

Milwaukee receives travelers from Madison at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

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