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Journey Information

Chicago to Milwaukee bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$14.00
Shortest Duration1h 40m
Trips per day12
Bus lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Milwaukee right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $15.06 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Milwaukee. Buses from Milwaukee to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $15.06 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 29 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $9.96 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 3 hours and 7 minutes to cover the 81 miles (131 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI. However, the fastest bus only takes 1 hour 40 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Chicago to Milwaukee for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Milwaukee, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Milwaukee every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 7 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Chicago to Milwaukee; ticket prices start at $25.00.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Milwaukee?

There are 3 bus lines from Chicago, Illinois to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With 11 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
Amtrak Thruway12h 35m$15.00
Greyhound113h 20m$18.40
Tornado Bus12h 0m$49.29

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Milwaukee leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 5 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • Tornado Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Milwaukee?

Buses arrive in Milwaukee at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave
  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave
  • Agencia De Viajes Mexico

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Milwaukee

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JanFeb

Monthly average prices

$25$20$15$10$5FMAMJJASONDJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI
4.6
Based on 10 ratings and 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.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 allThe ride was smooth I slept all the way no complaints at all
Ekaterina
5.0
August 13, 2019Business
Pros
Pretty goidPretty goid
Cons
NothingNothing
Grace
3.0
May 25, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Articulate bus driver who made the expectations clear. 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 tripEasy trip
Cons
Bus on the way back was 1000 degreesBus on the way back was 1000 degrees
Aidan
5.0
October 8, 2019Vacation
Pros
Excellent price, nice busExcellent price, nice bus
Cons
Excellent Excellent
Arlece
4.0
October 4, 2019
Cons
FurneralFurneral
Ahmed
4.0
August 30, 2019Visiting family
Cons
The who was responsible for the luggage was aggressive 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.Going to a wedding out of town. Very convenient.
Cons
Nothing at this time.Nothing at this time.
Tips
Be sure to get there on timeBe sure to get there on time

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