How to Reach Milwaukee


  • By Air: The General Mitchell International Airport is located 17 kilometers from Milwaukee and offers direct flight services from Canada. Seasonal flight services are available from Mexico, Dominican Republican and Jamaica. For travelers visiting from other countries you can take a direct flight to Chicago (150 kilometers from Milwaukee). Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport is another airport located around 15 kilometers away Milwaukee. You can take the Airport Shuttle buss, Coach Bus/Train or hire a Taxi to reach the city from the Airport.
  • By Train: Hiawatha trains service offers 7 round trips per day from Chicago and is a preferred way to get into Milwaukee if you prefer flights to Chicago. The train is preferred for its comfortable rides, amenities like power outlet for every seat and food service. The Empire Builder trains service operates from Chicago through Milwaukee (stopping at Milwaukee Intermodal Station) to other stops like Seattle, Fargo and Minneapolis. The Amtrak connect Milwaukee to Chicago (7 trips ever day) and Minneapolis (daily service).
  • By Ferry: Seasonal Ferry rides are available from Muskegon in Michigan to reach the Milwaukee Harbor. The ferries even though highly priced do offer reduces rates for students, children and senior citizens.
  • By Bus: There are many intestate bus lines which connect Milwaukee to neighboring cities. Some of the bus services are: Badger Coaches: Connects Milwaukee to Madison (6 buses daily) and Minneapolis (4 buses every week). Greyhound: Connects Milwaukee to Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis with amenities like Wi-Fi and spacious seating. Jefferson Lines: Connects Milwaukee to Minneapolis with many stops on the way through out the day. Wisconsin Coach: Offers bus services from Chicago’s O'Hare Airport to Milwaukee.
  • By Car: If you are travelling from Madison, take the I-94. If you prefer driving from Chicago, get on to I-90 E to follow through to I-294 N and I-94 W and exit at 310 C. There are sufficient signs available for directions.


The general layout of Milwaukee is rather simple to understand. The numbered streets run North-South while the named streets run East-West.

  • By Bus: Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) covers the most part of the Milwaukee transport system. The buses to suburbs are less frequent than the buses operating around the Downtown area. The "Freeway Flyers" is a bus service which starts from the park and covers the downtown area as well as festival and Brewers games (only during the season). The “U Buses” cover the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College and the adjoining area. Most buses operate from 5.00 am to midnight Do know that drivers only accept exact cash amount (if you don’t have the exact amount, you will have to pay a rounded amount). Prepaid fares are available through the M-card. Any ticket (cash or M card) is applicable for 90 minutes, after which you will have to pay more).
  • Tourist Trolley: Offers seasonal rides which are free of cost and is a tour bus preferred by tourists and first time visitors.
  • By Train: The Amtrak is used to travel between the airport and downtown area although it does connect to Chicago and Minneapolis.
  • By Renting a Bicycle: The city has many bike lanes which take you through its wonderful sights. There are many shops which rent Bikes around the city. The MCTS buses have bike racks which will accommodate your bike in case you decide to take a bus halfway.
  • By Taxi: Taxis are a preferred way to travel and can be easily hired if you are at the Airport, Bus station, or train station. For other places, you will have to call a Taxi (Yellow Cab is preferred for on-call service).
  • Horse-drawn carriages: A must-try if you are visiting in summer season, the Horse Carriages are easily available in the downtown area or during large Public events.
  • By Renting a Car: You can rent a car if you are carrying the necessary documents and cruise through Milwaukee comfortably (especially if you want to visit the outskirts).