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Chicago to Milwaukee bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$1.00
Shortest Duration1h 40m
Trips per day29
bus carriers3
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Milwaukee
4.6
Based on 10 reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 80 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.4
Staff
4.4
Value
4.2
Condition
4.6
Tamarra
5.0
September 21, 2019Vacation
Cons
The best transfer to Milwaukee I have ever had. The manager and driver were very helpful in assisting us with alternate accommodations after missing our connector.
Katie
5.0
August 18, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The ride was smooth I slept all the way no complaints at all
Ekaterina
5.0
August 13, 2019Business
Pros
Pretty goid
Cons
Nothing
Grace
3.0
May 25, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Articulate bus driver who made the expectations clear.

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 60 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.6
Staff
4.4
Value
4.6
Condition
4.4
Chelsea
5.0
November 24, 2019Couples trip
Pros
Easy trip
Cons
Bus on the way back was 1000 degrees
Aidan
5.0
October 8, 2019Vacation
Pros
Excellent price, nice bus
Cons
Excellent
Arlece
4.0
October 4, 2019
Cons
Furneral
Ahmed
4.0
August 30, 2019Visiting family
Cons
The who was responsible for the luggage was aggressive
Marie
5.0
June 29, 2019Vacation
Pros
Going to a wedding out of town. Very convenient.
Cons
Nothing at this time.
Tips
Be sure to get there on time

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequent questions about traveling by bus from Chicago to Milwaukee.

How does taking the bus from Chicago to Milwaukee compare to flying or taking the train?

Taking the bus from Chicago to Milwaukee is a cheaper and less stressful alternative compared to flying or taking the train. In terms of price, you can get to Milwaukee for around $8 by bus, while the train runs about $25 and flights cost around $200 or more. In terms of time, flying is technically fastest, since the flight itself takes less than an hour, but the hassle of getting to the airport early adds additional time and stress. The train takes about 1.5 hours, and the bus takes about 2 hours (though you should try to avoid leaving during rush-hour traffic in Chicago).

Where do you go in Chicago to catch the bus?

Below is a list of all three bus carriers and each of the stations in Chicago where you can hop onto the bus:

Greyhound

Chicago Bus Station: 630 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607

Chicago Amtrak Bus Station: 225 S. Canal St., Chicago, IL 60606

Dan Ryan Bus Station: 14 W. 95th St., Chicago, IL 60628

Tornado Bus

Tornado Bus Company Chicago: 2807 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60623

Megabus W. Polk St. between S. Clinton St. and S. Canal St., Chicago, IL, 60699

What bus carriers offer the most trips to Milwaukee per day?

Greyhound offers the most trips to Milwaukee per day with at least 10 trips. Megabus offers 3 trips per day, and Tornado Bus offers just one trip per day.

How much does a bus ticket from Chicago to Milwaukee cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Chicago to Milwaukee were $7.90.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 12 days out, tickets are on average $6.68 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The distance between Chicago and Milwaukee is approximately 81.48 miles, or 131.10 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 2 hours and 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Chicago to Milwaukee by bus is usually on Thursday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Monday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Milwaukee?

On average there are 29 scheduled bus trips per day. Greyhound has the most regularly scheduled departures from Chicago to Milwaukee, with an average of 23.787 trips per day and 362.75 monthly trips. 3 bus carriers serve the route from Chicago to Milwaukee. Of the 29 trips there are 14 trips that are direct connections to Milwaukee.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee start at $13.00.

3 carriers offer Chicago to Milwaukee bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Milwaukee from $9.00. There are 23.786885 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Chicago to Milwaukee and you can expect on average to pay $12.17 for a Greyhound ticket to Milwaukee. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Milwaukee from Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St and 3 other stations. In Milwaukee, Greyhound arrives at Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave and one other station.

An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Milwaukee takes 3 hours and 30 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Milwaukee in 1 hours and 40 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 20.941176 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $12.65 for a weekend trip to Milwaukee.

Avg. Time
3h 30m
Avg. Price
$12.17

Megabus

Book Megabus from Chicago to Milwaukee from $1.00. There are 4.442623 trips per day offered by Megabus from Chicago to Milwaukee and you can expect on average to pay $10.84 for a Megabus ticket to Milwaukee. In Chicago, Megabus departs to Milwaukee from W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St, In Milwaukee, Megabus arrives at Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave,

An average trip on Megabus from Chicago to Milwaukee takes 1 hours and 49 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Milwaukee in 1 hours and 40 minutes,

On weekends, Megabus offers 4.352941 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $11.97 for a weekend trip to Milwaukee.

Avg. Time
1h 49m
Avg. Price
$10.84

Tornado Bus

Book Tornado Bus from Chicago to Milwaukee from $40.00. There are 1.785714 trips per day offered by Tornado Bus from Chicago to Milwaukee and you can expect on average to pay $40.00 for a Tornado Bus ticket to Milwaukee. In Chicago, Tornado Bus departs to Milwaukee from Tornado Bus Station, In Milwaukee, Tornado Bus arrives at Agencia De Viajes Mexico,

An average trip on Tornado Bus from Chicago to Milwaukee takes 2 hours and 0 minutes, while the fastest available Tornado Bus trip will get you to Milwaukee in 1 hours and 40 minutes,

On weekends, Tornado Bus offers 1.8 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $40.00 for a weekend trip to Milwaukee.

Avg. Time
2h 0m
Avg. Price
$40.00

Plan your next adventure

There are 6 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Milwaukee will depart from these stations in Chicago:
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Tornado Bus Station
Buses arrive in Milwaukee at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Milwaukee for trips arriving from Chicago:
  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave
  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave
  • Agencia De Viajes Mexico

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