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Milwaukee - Wisconsin Dells Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 4 daily train trips available from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells. Traveling by train from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells usually takes 2 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Empire Builder train can make the trip in one hour and 57 minutes.

Distance102 mi (164 km)
Fastest train1h 57m
Lowest price$15.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)




December 15, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Empire Builder

Pros: Ease of getting ticket and boarding. Cons: I was unfamiliar with exiting at stops.I was waiting for a announcement to exit at Wisconsin Dells, I was in upper cabin and waited about two minutes after we came to a stop. The train was in motion to leave when I got to exit door.The conductor radioed for train to stop so I could leave. As we were entering Dells station they announced the station. I waited to train stopped and expected an ok to leave seats and exit announcement. I guess I'm used to planes. I really like the ride, I know better for next time. Tips: It's a good value and comfortable way to travel.

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells was $21.13. This is basically as cheap as train fares can get. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 27 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $7.12 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells will cost between $19 and $26. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

Ticket prices for the train from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in February when the average ticket price is only $27. If you're thinking of traveling from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells during July, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $78 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in July, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches


By booking your train trip from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time, you can save about $7.12 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells?

2 train services operate from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak24h 23m$36.19
Amtrak Empire Builder21h 57m$17.42
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Milwaukee to Wisconsin Dells every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $36.

  • The Amtrak Empire Builder is a long-distance passenger rail service that has been in operation since 1929. The full 2,200-mile route takes 45 hours to connect Chicago with the Pacific Northwest. Don’t let the length of the trip intimidate you; the Empire Builder is one of Amtrak’s most popular services, and often rated as the most scenic train route in the country. The sightseer lounge, home to enormous windows, is the perfect place to drink in the incredible views of the Mississippi River, the North Dakota Plains, Glacier National Park, and the Columbia River Gorge. Overnight trips on the Empire Builder include the option to book sleeper cabins, for a more comfortable journey and included meals. All passengers can purchase meals or snacks in the cafe car.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The distance between Milwaukee and Wisconsin Dells is approximately 102 miles, or 164 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 57 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

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

The earliest train departs Milwaukee at 2:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 2 of these are direct connections to Wisconsin Dells. 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 Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee.

City Information


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.

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells, WI, US - WDL-0

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Wisconsin Dells is a city on the Wisconsin River, where you can see glacier-carved sandstone formations. It made a name for itself as a destination for family-friendly activities, offering multiple theme parks like Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park and Noah's Ark Water Park. Aside from having some of the best and most thrilling water parks in the US, Wisconsin Dells is also popular for its natural scenery. The Mirror Lake State Park, a forested reserve surrounding a lake, is popular for hiking, walking, and camping. There are also spots for history and architecture, like the Seth Peterson Cottage, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Museum of Historic Torture Devices.

Although it's popular as a kid-centric destination, Wisconsin Dells also offers exciting nightlife and fun activities for adults. You can check out the Ho-Chunk Gaming Casino or visit some of their interactive gaming exhibits. The Wilderness Resort and Kalahari Resort in the city have indoor mini-golf courses, and there are spots for outdoor golf open during the summer. Due to the different resorts in the city, you can also enjoy spas, restaurants, antique shops, and more. The city is home to wineries and craft breweries.

You can easily access Wisconsin Dells by train or bus, provided by Amtrak Empire Builder and OurBus, respectively.

Station Information

Where is the train station 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 train stations in Milwaukee:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave

  • Airport - 5601 S 6th St

Where is the train station in Wisconsin Dells?

Main arrival station: 100 LaCrosse St

Wisconsin Dells has one train station.

All train stations in Wisconsin Dells:

  • 100 LaCrosse St

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