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Bus Trip Information: Milwaukee to Chicago

There are 9 intercity buses per day from Milwaukee to Chicago. Traveling by bus from Milwaukee to Chicago usually takes around one hour and 48 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in just one hour and 35 minutes.

Distance81 mi (131 km)
Shortest duration1h 35m
Cheapest price$14.99
Trips per day9
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Milwaukee to Chicago

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Paula

April 15, 2022- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: I really like this app so much because the buses are always on time, it has good prices and it is very confortable. Cons: Nothing, everything is excellent. Tips: Be on time and buy your ticket with time. You will find good deals.

Pros: I really like this app so much because the buses are always on time, it has good prices and it is very confortable. Cons: Nothing, everything is excellent. Tips: Be on time and buy your ticket with time. You will find good deals.

5.0

Jesus

September 14, 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: The seats on this bus were clean and comfortable, the bus arrived on time despite traffic. Cons: NA. Tips: Would recommend this line for a quick trip between Wisconsin-Chicago.

Pros: The seats on this bus were clean and comfortable, the bus arrived on time despite traffic. Cons: NA. Tips: Would recommend this line for a quick trip between Wisconsin-Chicago.

5.0

Joseph

August 13, 2019- Vacation

Greyhound

Pros: I'm a first time traveler... and they made if for me...like a been traveling for years....loved it... Cons: I wish food court stayed open longer...

Pros: I'm a first time traveler... and they made if for me...like a been traveling for years....loved it... Cons: I wish food court stayed open longer...

5.0

Avery

June 7, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

Pros: Bus driver was awesome. Cons: A little trash here and there on the bus but really pretty clean overall.

Pros: Bus driver was awesome. Cons: A little trash here and there on the bus but really pretty clean overall.

Milwaukee to Chicago Route Map

Milwaukee Chicago

How much is a bus ticket from Milwaukee to Chicago?

$14.99 is the average price of a bus ticket from Milwaukee to Chicago. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. 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 Milwaukee to Chicago is expected to range from $15 to $23. If you are looking to travel to Chicago within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $17. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $15 and can be found on October 12, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in February. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $14 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Milwaukee to Chicago in September, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $17 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

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 24 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $9.32 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Milwaukee to Chicago?

There are 3 bus lines from Milwaukee to Chicago available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 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
FlixBus US41h 46m$21.73
Greyhound51h 51m$20.31
Tornado Bus13h 30m$98.90
  • 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 4 trips per day from Milwaukee to Chicago, 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 5 bus trips from Milwaukee to Chicago every day, with the average journey taking around 1 hours and 51 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Chicago usually start from $15.

  • Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus

    Tornado Bus is a Texan bus company operating in Texas and Mexico. Their bus service connects cities such as Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and the international border at El Paso. Their buses offer onboard WiFi, plenty of leg room, air conditioning, restrooms, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The bus takes an average of one hour and 48 minutes to cover the 81 miles from Milwaukee to Chicago. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 35 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus 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?

Buses departing from Milwaukee to Chicago tend to have the most passengers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Milwaukee?

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Milwaukee to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Milwaukee to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Milwaukee to Chicago without transferring.

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

City Information

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.

Chicago

Known for its innovative architecture, cultural contributions to jazz and house music, and of course that irresistible deep-dish pizza, the many sights and experiences in Chicago make it one of the best urban vacation destinations for millennials and a top destination in Illinois.

You can't beat the views of the city and Lake Michigan from the SkyDeck in the Willis Tower; at over 1,300 feet, this is the highest observation deck in the U.S. Snap that classic selfie with the Bean in Millennium Park, then wander the many museums in nearby Grant Park. Navy Pier is a popular tourist hotspot for its parks, restaurants, and attractions right on Lake Michigan, and baseball fans will find paradise in Wrigleyville, home to the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field and sports bars galore.

Chicago's enormous parks offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities in gorgeous urban settings. Many companies offer kayak rentals or boat tours on the Chicago River, with special tours running on Saint Patrick's Day, when the entire river is dyed green. When you’re ready to buy some souvenirs from your epic trip, hit the big brand stores on the Magnificent Mile, or shop local in neighborhoods like Andersonville and Wicker Park. And don't miss the chance to laugh until you cry at The Second City comedy theater, famous for launching the careers of comedians like Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Chicago is one of the biggest transportation hubs in the Midwest, and provides easy access to nearby destinations ideal for day trips, as well as international travel from two airports. Thanks to plenty of bus and train stations throughout the city, getting to the Windy City is a breeze.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from 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 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

  • Milwaukee (Downtown)

  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave

  • Agencia De Viajes Mexico

Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?

Main arrival station: Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

Buses arrive in Chicago at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Chicago:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St

  • Canal St

  • 3501 S California Ave

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