Milwaukee Transportation

Milwaukee TransportationAs the largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee naturally has the best transportation network in the state. Interstate 94 connects Milwaukee with several other major cities in the Midwest Region. From Milwaukee, I-94 leads directly westward to Wisconsin's capital city of Madison and to Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. Additionally, I-94 runs southward from Milwaukee to Chicago and then runs eastward to Detroit, Michigan. Overall, Interstate 94 is one of the busiest highways that serves the Great Lakes region. Interstate 43 is a shorter highway that connects Wisconsin's largest city with Green Bay, the state's third largest city.

Public transportation in Milwaukee is provided by the Milwaukee County Transit System. This network consists of more than 50 total bus routes that circulate throughout Milwaukee and neighboring suburbs in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County and Ozaukee County. Quite naturally, many of the bus routes stop in the Downtown District of Milwaukee in the streets above and below Wisconsin Avenue. The Downtown Transit Center near the U.S. Bank Center is a major transfer point for the Milwaukee County Transit System.

Rail service is available at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, which is located along W St. Paul Avenue across the river from the Downtown District. This transportation hub is served by two intercity Amtrak lines. The Empire Builder covers more than 2,200 miles of track between Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Oregon. This Amtrak route offers a unique scenic journey through the Midwest and Northwestern parts of the United States. The Hiawatha Service is a regional service that runs between Milwaukee and Chicago Union Station. The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is served by bus route 57 of the Milwaukee County Transit System. Additionally, this major transit hub is also a stop for major intercity bus companies such as Greyhound Lines, Coach USA and Megabus.

General Mitchell International Airport welcomes more than 9 million passengers each year into the Milwaukee metropolitan area. This airport is served by large domestic airline companies including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. General Mitchell International Airport offers nonstop flights to more than 20 major cities in the United States and direct trips to Toronto, Canada's largest city. Route 80 and the Green Line buses of the Milwaukee County Transit System stop directly at Milwaukee's main airport. Both of these buses offer convenient service between the airport terminals and Downtown Milwaukee.

Eight car rental companies offer convenient ground transportation options at the George Mitchell International Airport. From the airport, drivers can merge directly onto Howell Avenue and enjoy a straight drive into the heart of Milwaukee.