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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Lowest Price$25.00
Fastest Train1h 13m
Trains Per Day4
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Chicago Metro go to Milwaukee?

The Chicago Metro (CTA) does not run to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Luckily, Amtrak has a direct trip between Chicago and Milwaukee that takes less than 1 hour 45 minutes.

Is Chicago to Milwaukee a good day trip?

Milwaukee is a great day trip from Chicago. Amtrak has a direct train line between Chicago and Milwaukee, and the earliest train leaves Chicago at 6:00 a.m. The latest train leaves Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. and takes less than 1 hour and 20 minutes to bring you back to Chicago, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the “Cream City.”

What is the fastest way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The fastest way to get from Chicago to Milwaukee is almost always going to be by train. The shortest train ride between the two cities is as quick as 1 hour, while the shortest bus trip takes at least 2 hours. Even driving yourself takes longer because of traffic.

Is there a shuttle bus you can take from the train station to the Wisconsin airport?

The General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee does offer a shuttle bus service to and from Milwaukee Intermodal Station called GO Riteway. You will need to make a reservation in advance (online or by phone call), and the shuttle can sit up to 10 people, or you can pay more for a private shuttle.

Alternatively, General Mitchell International Airport is actually a stop on the Amtrak Hiawatha from Chicago, so you may consider just getting off there instead of riding the train all the way to Milwaukee Intermodal.

Is there a direct train route from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Yes, there is a direct train for this route called the Amtrak Hiawatha. It takes about 1 hour and 23 minutes, and has three stops between Chicago Union Station and Milwaukee Intermodal Station: Glenview, IL; Sturtevant, WI; and General Mitchell International Airport. Amtrak Hiawatha also offers a Friday Late Night Train, which departs Chicago at 11:25 p.m. and arrives into Milwaukee around 12:54 a.m.

Is it safe to travel by train 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 train 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, train 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.

What is the price of a train ticket from Chicago to Milwaukee?

In the last month, $25.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The distance between Chicago and Milwaukee is approximately 81 miles, or 131 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 23 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 13 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Chicago to Milwaukee are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Chicago at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Chicago to Milwaukee?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Milwaukee. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Milwaukee to Chicago. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Chicago to Milwaukee for $14.00.

Which train should you take from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Amtrak Hiawatha is the one and only train line which connects Chicago, Illinois to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Hiawatha41h 24m$25.00

Where is the train station in Chicago?

There is one train station in Chicago:

  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

Milwaukee receives travelers from Chicago at its two active train stations:

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St
  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

Price trends for trains from Chicago to Milwaukee

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JanFeb

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI
4.9
Based on 9 ratings and reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Amtrak Hiawatha report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.9
Staff
4.8
Value
4.2
Condition
5.0
Abigail
5.0
August 29, 2020Visiting friends
Pros
The male conductor was great and very personal. Wish I could remember his name but he was very friendly and polite from the moment I got on until the moment I got off 8/31. I think something with a D but idk he was great.The male conductor was great and very personal. Wish I could remember his name but he was very friendly and polite from the moment I got on until the moment I got off 8/31. I think something with a D but idk he was great.
Chris
5.0
January 4, 2020Visiting friends
Pros
Quiet and relaxingQuiet and relaxing
Cons
NothingNothing
Oscar
4.0
September 29, 2019Business
Cons
more comfortable seats, air conditioner it was so hot inside, more comfortable seats, air conditioner it was so hot inside,
Nathan
5.0
August 16, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The train was comfortable, affordable and relaxing. The train was comfortable, affordable and relaxing.
Cons
The seats that face each other could have more leg room. The seats that face each other could have more leg room.
Tips
Travel by train!! It’s the way to go! Travel by train!! It’s the way to go!
Calvin
5.0
August 11, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Trip was smooth and on time; WiFi worked well; decent sceneryTrip was smooth and on time; WiFi worked well; decent scenery
Cons
Boarding process was pretty haphazardBoarding process was pretty haphazard
Tips
Milwaukee Intermodal station was very crowded when I arrived Sunday at noon, so be prepared for that.Milwaukee Intermodal station was very crowded when I arrived Sunday at noon, so be prepared for that.

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