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How to get from O'Hare Chicago Airport to Milwaukee

Known as the world’s beer capital, Milwaukee is a great city to visit. From fun breweries to historical museums, Milwaukee has it all. Also, home to sandy beaches, baseball games, and excellent bars and restaurants, the most populated city in Wisconsin is definitely worth a visit. 

So when visiting this fascinating town, you will be landing at Chicago O’Hare Airport, and you have three transportation options to reach Milwaukee; by taxi, bus or train. Taking a Chicago airport to Milwaukee taxi is the easiest and most convenient way to travel, taking 1 hour and 25 minutes. Alternatively, for cost-savvy options, travellers can take a bus for 2 hours and 10 minutes or a train for 2 hours.

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €275 85min 24/7
Taxi €148 85min 24/7
Bus €64 130min 06:20–20:45
Train €62 120min 06:10–21:15

How to get Chicago Airport to to Milwaukee by taxi

Taking a taxi or a private transfer from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee is the most comfortable and reliable way to travel. Chicago taxis are available 24/7 and provide safe and fast door-to-door services, getting you to your Milwaukee hotel in 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Taxi fare from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee

Taxis offer fixed-rate fares from Chicago International Airport to Milwaukee, with no price differences for day, night or weekend trips. You can expect to pay $158 (€148) for your trip.


$158 (€148)

Trip Duration

1 H 25 Min.

Taxis offer flat rate fares from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee, although fares may vary between the different companies.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Chicago O'Hara International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Once you arrive at the Chicago International Airport, you can find taxi stands at the lower level curb at each terminal. You can also reserve a cab through the taxi information desk.


Although slightly pricey, the local taxis are a safe and fast way to get from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee, especially when travelling with children and/or heavy luggage. Other options require connections, and long waiting times, which can be tiring after a long flight.

Editor’s Note

It is highly recommended to use licensed taxis rather than accepting a ride from drivers outside the cab stand.

Useful Tips

Please note that fixed taxi prices may vary slightly depending on your operator.
Long-distance transfers have a fixed price. So, it is safer to pay in advance to avoid any misunderstandings.
It is good to know that the airport taxi staff will gladly help you reserve a cab from the available companies.

How to get Chicago Airport to to Milwaukee by bus

Several bus companies offer direct trips between Chicago and Milwaukee – an excellent option for travellers on a budget. The bus from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee takes around 2 hours and 10 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

How much is the bus from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee?

A regular one-way ticket on the Coach USA bus from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee costs $34.10 (€32) for adults and $17.05 (€16) for children younger than 17. Tickets can be purchased online through the bus website or at the airport’s ticket counter.


$34.10 (€32)

Trip Duration

2 H 10 Min.

Rates and duration may vary depending on the bus company.

Value for Money

Buses operate daily from 06:20 to 20:45.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find the bus at Terminal 5 in front of the Arrival and Departure exits.


Although buses operate direct routes from Chicago Airport to Milwaukee, taking the bus can be complicated as bus times need to be respected, and once in Milwaukee, you will need to find an alternative transport option to get to your accommodation.


Editor’s Note

If you plan on using the bus to return to O'Hara airport, you can purchase your return ticket at the same time, as this option is $6.60 (€6.20) cheaper.

Useful Tips

It is good to know that reduced prices of $17.05 (€16) are available for children between the ages of 0 to 16.
Please note that bus tickets are available for 365 days from your purchase date.
Another bus route to Milwaukee is available via Downtown Chicago.

How to get Chicago Airport to to Milwaukee by train

Although not the most convenient option, getting a Milwaukee Airport train to Chicago and vice versa is the most cost-effective. First, travellers will have to catch the train from O’Hare subway station to Clinton Station (45 minutes), which connects to Chicago Union Train Station, and then get a connection to Milwaukee (1 hour 15 minutes). The total journey takes around 2 hours, excluding connections and waiting times.

How much is the train from Chicago airport to Milwaukee?

A one-way subway ticket on the Blue Line to Clinton costs $4.90 (€4.60), and an Amtrak train ticket from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee costs $28.20 (€26.40), bringing the total price to $33.10 (€31). Tickets can be purchased online or from the ticket counter at the station.


$33.10 (€31)

Trip Duration

2 hours

The train departs every 2 hours.

Value for Money

Trains operate daily from 06:10 to 21:15.

Where do I get the train from?

You can find the Blue Line subway connection at O’Hara airport at the Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1. Once you arrive at Clinton, exit the station towards South Clinton Station – Chicago Union Station is only a 6-minute walk.


Although slightly more affordable than the bus, changing trains can be problematic, especially for those unfamiliar with the city and travelling with children. However, more options are available if you are travelling from Milwaukee to the airport by train via Chicago Union Station.

Editor’s Note

Remember that the Blue Line connection is available 24/7; however, the Amtrak train between Chicago and Milwaukee operates from 06:10 to 21:15.

Useful Tips

The trains from Union Station to Milwaukee are very comfortable and provide electrical plugs and leg room.
It is always best to pre-purchase your tickets online, to not wait in line at the ticket counters.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Chicago. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I get from Chicago airport to Milwaukee by bus?

Various companies offer direct trips by bus from Chicago Airport and Milwaukee, taking approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete the journey.

What's the cost of a taxi from Chicago airport to Milwaukee?

Long-distance taxis offer flat rate fares; you can expect to pay a fixed price of $158 (€148) from Chicago airport to Milwaukee.

How far is Milwaukee from Chicago Airport?

Chicago O’Hara International Airport is located 128km away from Milwaukee. It takes around 1 hour and 25 minutes by car or by taxi.

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