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Compare train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee


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How much are train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Lowest Price$25.00
Fastest Train1h 13m
Trains Per Day8
Train Lines3
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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Chicago to Milwaukee
Based on 8 reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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)
January 4, 2020Visiting friends
Quiet and relaxing
September 29, 2019Business
more comfortable seats, air conditioner it was so hot inside,
August 16, 2019Visiting family
The train was comfortable, affordable and relaxing.
The seats that face each other could have more leg room.
Travel by train!! It’s the way to go!
August 11, 2019Visiting family
Trip was smooth and on time; WiFi worked well; decent scenery
Boarding process was pretty haphazard
Milwaukee Intermodal station was very crowded when I arrived Sunday at noon, so be prepared for that.
June 14, 2019Visiting family
The relaxing trip.
Just enjoy

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.

How do you find cheap train tickets from Chicago to Milwaukee?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets is to plan ahead and book your train travel early. In the past 30 days, $25.00 was the cheapest average price users have found for trains from Chicago to Milwaukee.

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 29 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 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains per day run from Chicago to Milwaukee?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 8 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 $1.00.

What train services are there from Chicago to Milwaukee?

There are 3 train lines with service from Chicago to Milwaukee. Amtrak Hiawatha is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 8 trains each day.
TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21h 49m$25.00
Amtrak Empire Builder31h 25m$25.00
Amtrak Hiawatha81h 25m$25.21

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:

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

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