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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Milwaukee to La Crosse?

Lowest Price$32.00
Fastest Train3h 19m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Milwaukee to La Crosse 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 Milwaukee to La Crosse?

In the last month, $32.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Milwaukee, WI to La Crosse, WI. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $8.27 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Milwaukee to La Crosse?

The distance between Milwaukee and La Crosse is approximately 175 miles, or 282 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 19 minutes,

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Milwaukee to La Crosse are the most crowded on Sunday. 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 Friday 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 Milwaukee at 3:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. 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 Milwaukee to La Crosse?

Trains leave the station in Milwaukee twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to La Crosse with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

You can also take a train for your return trip from La Crosse to Milwaukee. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Milwaukee to La Crosse for $32.00.

Which train should you take from Milwaukee to La Crosse?

Amtrak Empire Builder is the one and only train line which connects Milwaukee, Wisconsin to La Crosse, Wisconsin. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Empire Builder23h 19m$32.68

Where is the train station in Milwaukee?

There is one train station in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

Where is the train station in La Crosse?

La Crosse has one train station:

  • 601 St Andrew St

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Milwaukee, WI to La Crosse, WI
Based on 6 ratings and reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Users that traveled with Amtrak Empire Builder report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
February 14, 2020Visiting family
The scenic view and comfy ride
Nothing in my eyes
Take train cause it’s an amazing experience
November 3, 2019Solo travel
Wifi would have made this trip a whole lot better. I had tons of homework to do but was unable to do any of it.
October 6, 2019Solo travel
It was quick and was able to move around easily
Being able to sit with people I want to sit with, without going to the lounging area.
September 22, 2019Solo travel
May 31, 2019Visiting family
The seats were spacious.
It was over $60 for me and my dog. He travels in a bag, I feel the price was a bit excessive for that.
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