Chicago, IL
Milwaukee, WI

Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI: Cheapest Travel Options

1h 50mfrom$17.99
1h 29mfrom$30.00

Save $12.01 if you travel with Flixbus!

Flixbus has the cheapest bus ticket from Chicago to Milwaukee for only $17.99, on a trip of approximately 1h 50m duration.

Choose Amtrak trains with fares starting from $30. Travel time approximately 1h 29m.

We have selected the cheapest, fastest and earliest schedules for your trip to Milwaukee. More than 25 schedules for your trip.

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Bus from Chicago to Milwaukee

The bus trip from Chicago to Milwaukee takes approximately 1h 58m duration and covers a distance of about 138 km. There are usually 11 buses traveling daily to Milwaukee and you can find the cheapest tickets starting from $17.99 if you buy in advance on the internet.

Distance138 km
Fastest1h 35m

Train Chicago to Milwaukee

It takes an average of 1h 22m to travel from Chicago to Milwaukee by train, covering a distance of about 138 km. There are usually 14 trains traveling daily from Chicago to Milwaukee and tickets for this journey start from $30 when you book in advance.

Distance138 km
Fastest1h 13m

Saving Money

Cheapest Bus

The cheapest bus ticket from Chicago to Milwaukee is a regular seat, one-way trip, when booked in advance. Buying on the day of travel is usually more expensive and may include additional costs that can vary depending on the time of day and bus class.

Cheapest Bus
Book in advance.
Most companies sell bus tickets about three to six months in advance. If you already have your travel date set, search as early as possible to save money.
Be flexible with your travel times.
Many companies increase ticket prices during "peak hours" (usually between 06:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 19:00 on weekdays). If possible, choose to travel outside of these hours to find cheaper tickets and save money.
Check connections.
On some of the busiest routes, you may also have the option of taking a slower or connecting transportation. It may take a little longer, but if you have a bit more time available, you may find a cheaper ticket.

Travel Tips

The best tips from our team for your next trip

Consider choosing eco-friendly transport options like buses or trains instead of driving alone in a car, which can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Arrive on time for your bus or train, and be respectful of other passengers' schedules.

Traveling during off-peak hours can save moneyon bus and train fares, as prices tend to be lower during non-peak times.

Bring a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey.

Research the local culture and customs of the places you will be traveling through, and learn about the history, traditions, and values of the people.

Choose a mode of transportation that allows you to work comfortably, such as a train with spacious seating or a bus with Wi-Fi.

Keep your valuables like cash, passport, andimportant documents in a secure place, like a neck wallet or a money belt.Avoid carrying large sums of money or expensive jewelry.

Learn basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings or common phrases, to show respect and build connections with locals.

Check the pet policies of the bus or train company you are traveling with, and make sure your pet is allowed on board.

Choosing the right seat, such as one with extralegroom or a window seat, can help maximize comfort during your journey.

Research sightseeing opportunities along your route, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, or scenic routes, and plan your itinerary accordingly.

What companies travel from Chicago to Milwaukee?

Whether you're seeking speed, comfort, affordability, or a blend of all, our detailed overview covers the key players in the industry. Get insights into schedules, booking tips, and amenities offered by each company, ensuring your journey between these iconic cities is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

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