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Journey Information

There are 11 intercity buses per day from Minneapolis to Milwaukee. Traveling by bus from Minneapolis to Milwaukee usually takes around 7 hours and 10 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance298 mi (480 km)
Shortest duration6h 30m
Cheapest price$32.99
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceJefferson Lines
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Minneapolis to Milwaukee

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.4

4.0

YuQi

April 22, 2021

Greyhound

Cons: I hope there's a stronger consent that music should be played only with headphones. Tips: Bring a jacket to cover your shoulders when you sleep, and bring something to stuff under your neck!

Cons: I hope there's a stronger consent that music should be played only with headphones. Tips: Bring a jacket to cover your shoulders when you sleep, and bring something to stuff under your neck!

5.0

Carlyn

June 25, 2019- Regular commuter

Greyhound

Best and most informative bus driver I've ever had. Smoothest Greyhound I ever took.

Best and most informative bus driver I've ever had. Smoothest Greyhound I ever took.

5.0

Wilma

June 16, 2019- Visiting family

Greyhound

Pros: The driver was explanatory, conscious of wifi b n available to riders. He seemed alert, well rested making ne comfortable to sleep during the ride. Cons: The electrical adapters were not working.

Pros: The driver was explanatory, conscious of wifi b n available to riders. He seemed alert, well rested making ne comfortable to sleep during the ride. Cons: The electrical adapters were not working.

3.0

Nkiruka Immaculata

June 10, 2019- Business

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Cool ride. Cons: Seat. Tips: No.

Pros: Cool ride. Cons: Seat. Tips: No.

5.0

Delaney

June 2, 2019- Visiting family

Jefferson Lines

Pros: The bus wasn’t full, so I had two seats to myself, which was nice since my trip was 8.5 hours long. Cons: We weren’t told when we would be stopping for a quick food and bathroom break. It would have been nice if we were told in advance. Tips: There is an app that...

Pros: The bus wasn’t full, so I had two seats to myself, which was nice since my trip was 8.5 hours long. Cons: We weren’t told when we would be stopping for a quick food and bathroom break. It would have been nice if we were told in advance. Tips: There is an app that tells you if the bus is running late. Mine was, but it was easy to check how late it was running, which was nice.

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How much is a bus ticket from Minneapolis to Milwaukee?

$37.33 is the average price of a bus ticket from Minneapolis 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.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Minneapolis to Milwaukee is expected to range from $41 to $50. If you are looking to travel to Milwaukee within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $41. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $41 and can be found on June 22, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Minneapolis to Milwaukee by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $40 whenever you decide to travel.

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 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $6.41 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Minneapolis to Milwaukee?

There are 4 bus lines from Minneapolis to Milwaukee available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 6 daily trips, Jefferson Lines 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 25m$62.33
FlixBus US16h 51m$36.84
Greyhound46h 53m$46.61
Jefferson Lines67h 52m$45.47
  • Badger Bus

    Badger Bus

    Badger Bus is a family-owned bus company running routes across Wisconsin and Minnesota, such as Minneapolis to Milwaukee. 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

    FlixBus US

    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 1 trips per day from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus 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 Minneapolis to Milwaukee every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 53 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Milwaukee usually start from $37.

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  • Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines is a well-established intercity bus company with service to some of the Midwest’s top travel destinations. As one of the United States’ largest bus service providers, Jefferson Lines is beloved by students, commuters, and vacationers in America’s heartland. Travel with Jefferson Lines is comfortable thanks to reclining seats, individual climate controls, restrooms, and free WiFi. You can even check the status of your trip with their bus tracker tool. The carrier provides safe, affordable, and reliable service from Minneapolis to Milwaukee with ticket prices as low as $33.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Minneapolis to Milwaukee during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

How long is the bus ride from Minneapolis to Milwaukee?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 10 minutes to cover the 298 miles from Minneapolis to Milwaukee. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 30 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.

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

Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Milwaukee. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, 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.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Minneapolis?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus departures serve Milwaukee each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Minneapolis to Milwaukee every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 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

Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN - MSP-0

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Minneapolis, MN - MSP-2

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Minneapolis, MN - MSP-1

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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.

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 Minneapolis?

Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave - MSPGLI-0

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Main departure station: Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave

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.

All bus stations in Minneapolis:

  • Transportation Center - 950 Hawthorne Ave

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

  • Mall of America - 60 E Broadway

  • 318 3rd Avenue North

  • 8000 Ikea Way

Where does the bus arrive in Milwaukee?

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

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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.

All bus stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Milwaukee (Downtown)

  • 2200 E Kenwood Blvd

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