Getting Around Milwaukee

To reach Milwaukee, drivers use Interstate 94 and Interstate 43 from points south. Drivers from Green Bay and other northern Wisconsin areas take I-43 south. I-894 bypasses the downtown and connects the western suburbs to the southern ones. I-794 connects Milwaukee and the Marquette Interchange, which brings drivers from points east on Lake Michigan. From the west, U.S. 18 will bring you close to downtown. U.S. 41 and 45 are north-south freeways.

For local buses, the Milwaukee County Transit System offers 50 routes, which cover most of the county. For express service from the suburbs, you can park for free in designated lots and ride on a Freeway Flyer bus. In addition, Badger buses provide travel from Madison to Milwaukee. Badger buses make many Milwaukee stops including the airport.

During the summer, a trolley makes a loop through the downtown, connecting many points of interest. Trolleys run every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. From spring to fall, visitors can arrive via a two-hour trip on a high-speed auto and passenger ferry. The Lake Express travels on Lake Michigan from Muskegon, MI, to Milwaukee. This allows drivers to miss 275 miles of busy shoreline traffic including Chicago.

Mitchell International Airport offers about 250 arrivals daily from many U.S. cities and some regional destinations. Major airlines include Southwest, Frontier and Delta. To reach Milwaukee from the airport, you can choose from limo service, taxis, eight on-site car rental companies, Amtrak service, shuttles, express buses and city bus service. To reach downtown, take the green line Metroexpress Bus or the Route 80 bus. If arriving at Chicago's Midway or O'Hare airports, the Wisconsin Bus Lines bring visitors to Milwaukee.

Amtrak connects Mitchell airport to downtown Milwaukee. The Mitchell Airport Railroad Station is a stop the Hiawatha train service. The Hiawatha brings passengers to Milwaukee from Glenview, IL, Sturtevant, WI, and Racine, WI. From Chicago, Hiawatha offers as many as seven express trips daily. Travelers can take Amtrak to Chicago from the Pacific Northwest and then take Hiawatha to Milwaukee. This is also an easy way to travel between Milwaukee and Midwest cities such as Madison, WI, and Minneapolis, MN. Hiawatha trains arrive at Milwaukee Intermodal Station. The station is shared with Greyhound bus service to outlying areas and Jefferson bus service, which provides intercity travel.