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Milwaukee - Wausau Bus Schedule

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Other ways to get from Milwaukee to Wausau

There are usually 2 daily train trips available from Milwaukee to Wausau.

Bus
Train
Avg. Price
Avg. Price
$40.95
Avg. Price
$48.84
Daily Trips
Daily Trips
2
Daily Trips
2
Duration
Duration
4h 40m
Duration
5h 43m
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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Milwaukee to Wausau. Traveling by bus from Milwaukee to Wausau usually takes around 4 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Megabus bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance158 mi (254 km)
Shortest duration4h 30m
Cheapest price$36.99
Trips per day2
Most frequent serviceMegabus
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from Milwaukee to Wausau?

Bus tickets for a trip from Milwaukee to Wausau cost $36.99 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.

Monthly avg. prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Milwaukee to Wausau, mark your calendar for February. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $38. However, taking the bus from Milwaukee to Wausau during July is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $43. The best way to find deals on a trip in July is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

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The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 13 days in advance to save $3.60 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Milwaukee to Wausau?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Milwaukee to Wausau that you can compare and book on Wanderu. However, each company only runs one bus per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway14h 55m$46.00
Megabus14h 30m$36.99
  • Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from Milwaukee to Wausau start at $46. On average, there are 1 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • Book Megabus from Milwaukee to Wausau from $37. Typically there is one Megabus schedule per day from Milwaukee to Wausau and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to Wausau. In Milwaukee, Megabus departs to Wausau from Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave . In Wausau, Megabus arrives at Transit Ctr - 555 Jefferson St .

    An average trip on Megabus from Milwaukee to Wausau takes 4 hours and 30 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Wausau.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 33 minutes to cover the 158 miles from Milwaukee to Wausau. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 30 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Milwaukee to Wausau at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Milwaukee to Wausau, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Milwaukee to Wausau. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Milwaukee to Wausau; ticket prices start at $40.00.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Milwaukee?

Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave  - MKEIMS-1

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

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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

Where does the bus arrive in Wausau?

Main arrival station: Transit Ctr - 555 Jefferson St

All buses from Milwaukee arrive at one main station in Wausau.

All bus stations in Wausau:

  • Transit Ctr - 555 Jefferson St

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