To and From the Airport

Milwaukee - Gen Mitchell (MKE):

Location: 11 km/7 Miles S of the city center.
Airport Overview: One main terminal for all domestic flights and a separate International Arrivals building (close enough to easily walk). Baggage claim is across the road from the main part of the terminal. The Rental Car Center is across another road from baggage claim, on the lower level of the car park. Buses and taxis leave from outside baggage claim, except for the Milwaukee County Transit Bus (see below).

By Taxi:
General: Taxis wait outside door 3 of baggage claim.
Meter Rates: $2.25 per mile to downtown and most suburban locations. Minimum off airport taxi fee $10. Outside the specified meter zone, the taxi fare should be arranged beforehand.
Approximate Costs (Set fares): To downtown Milwaukee $27-30 per carload. To the N and W suburbs $35-60 per car.
Taxi Companies: All City Veteran Taxi (414) 220 5000, Yellow Cab (414) 271 1800.

By Limo: Badger State Limousine service runs limos to and from Milwaukee Airport and the whole state of Wisconsin. Contact: Tel (414) 464 6733.

By Public Bus:
MCTS - Public Bus 80 to Milwaukee: Airport Bus Stop: The Milwaukee County Transit Services (MCTS) bus stop is not outside baggage claim like the other transport options. It is 100m away (3 minute walk). Exit baggage claim through door 1 and turn left. Follow the signs. There is a bus stop, but no schedules posted. Schedules are available in baggage claim.
Route: MATC South Campus (Mon-Fri only) - Airport (MCTS Bus Stop, see above) - S Howell Ave - W Edgerton Ave - S 6th St - 6th St/Layton Ave - 6th St/W Mitchell St - 6th St/St Paul Ave (change here for the Milwaukee Intermodal Center (buses and trains) - 6th St/W Wisconsin Ave (Downtown Milwaukee) - 7th St or 8th St/Center. Here the route splits with alternate buses heading towards Villard @ Appleton or to 35th St/Capitol.
Timings: Buses leave the airport heading North towards downtown Milwaukee Mon-Fri at 0454, 0528, then every 12-30 mins until 2322, 0002 & 0043. Saturdays every 15-35 mins 0443-0036. Sundays every 20-35 mins 0558-0048. Buses leave downtown Milwaukee (6th & Wisconsin) heading South towards the airport Mon-Fri at 0455, 0521, then every 12-30 mins until 0028 & 0103. Saturdays every 15-35 mins 0501-0049. Sundays every 20-35 mins 0503-0024. For latest timings see here.
Cost: $2.25 per trip. Exact money needed. Pay the driver. Children 6-11 and seniors $1.10. Children under 6 free.
Contact: Tel (414) 344 6711 or see

By Coach:
CoachUSA to Milwaukee & Chicago O'Hare airport: Route: Chicago O'Hare Airport (Shuttle Bus Center) - Chicago O'Hare Airport (Terminal 5) - Kenosha, WI - Racine, WI - Milwaukee Airport (Bus stop outside baggage claim door #1) - Milwaukee Coach USA bus terminal 4960 S 13th St - Downtown Milwaukee 5th St just north of St Paul - Waukesh (Goerkes Corners Park & Ride. Not all buses continue to Waukesha see website). Note: The bus stop in downtown Milwaukee is near the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (Greyhound and Amtrak) and is a little tricky to find. It is marked by a small sign on a post half a block north of St Paul on 4th, opposite PC Clinik, on the edge of a small car park. If you stand outside the Post Office and look towards the elevated freeway, it is on the left a short distance in front.
Timings: Buses leave Milwaukee Airport heading South for Chicago daily at 0415, 0555, 0700, then every hour until 1800 & 2000. Buses leave Milwaukee Airport heading North for Milwaukee daily at 0805, 1005, then every hour until 2205 & 0005. Buses leave Milwaukee Coach USA bus terminal heading for Milwaukee Airport & Chicago daily at 0355, 0535, 0640, then every hour until 1740 & 1940. Buses leave Waukesha (Goerke's Corners Park N Ride) heading for Milwaukee and its Airport daily at 0330, 0500, 0615, 0715, then every 2 hrs until 1915. Buses leave Chicago O'Hare Airport Terminal 5 heading North for Milwaukee and its airport daily at 0620, 0820 then every hour until 2020 & 2220. Buses leave Chicago O'Hare airport Bus Shuttle center 25 mins later.
Travel Times: To Chicago O'Hare Airport 90-105 mins. To Kenosha 45 mins, Racine 30 mins, Milwaukee city 20 mins & Waukesha 50 mins.
Cost: To O'Hare $27 one way ($48 round trip), Kenosha $12 ($22), Racine $10 ($18) & Waukesha $10 ($18). Up to 2 children under 16 ride free with a fare paying adult. Contact: Tel 1 877 324 7767 or see
Badger Coaches: Serves Lake Mills & Madison. Contact: Tel 414 276 7490.
Greyhound Lines: Serves Appleton, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Oshkosh, and Sheboygan. Contact: Call 414 272 2158 or 1 888 287 6359

By Shuttle Van:
General: Shuttles depart from outside door 3 of the baggage claim area.
GO Airport Connection: Serves the Milwaukee area and all locations in the following counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Washington, Ozaukee, Dodge, Jefferson, Sheboygan, Manitowac & Fond du Lac. Cost: Generally $13 per person to downtown Milwaukee, $20-26 to the North and West Suburbs. Contact: Tel (414) 769 2444 or 1 (800) 236 5450 & Sheboygan, Tel 920 452 5452.
A1 Transportation, Inc: Serves SE Wisconsin. Call 414 272 1955 for reservations.
Hotel Shuttles: Several hotels run free shuttles for guests from outside baggage claim.

By Train:
General: The Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station (MARS) serves rail passengers connecting to flights at Milwaukee Airport. The station is not at the airport terminal, but along the western edge of the airport. The station is open 0545-2200 Mon-Sat and from 0715-2200 on Sunday. Car parking is available outside the station for $2 for each of the first 2 hrs (or fraction thereof), with a maximum of $5 per 24-hour period. A free shuttle bus connects rail passengers to the airport terminal in accordance with train schedules (transit time 5 mins). Shuttles to the train station depart from outside exit 4 of baggage claim. Trains run from the airport station directly to Milwaukee city centre (20 mins) and to Chicago Union Station (1 hour 25).
Route: The route is known as the Hiawatha Service: Milwaukee downtown - Milwaukee Airport - Sturtevant, WI - Glenview, IL - Chicago Union Station.
Timings: Trains leave Milwaukee Airport heading North towards Milwaukee daily at 0714 (not Sundays), 0939, 1134, 1419, 1629, 1828 & 2119. Trains leave Milwaukee Airport heading South towards Chicago daily at 0626 (not Sundays), 0810, 1110, 1310, 1510, 1755 & 1945. Trains leave Chicago heading north towards Milwaukee and its airport daily at 0600 (not Sundays), 0825, 1020, 1305, 1515, 1708 & 2005. Trains leave Milwaukee downtown heading south towards Milwaukee Airport and Chicago daily at 0615 (not Sundays), 0800, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1745 & 1935.
Travel Times: To Milwaukee 15 mins, Sturtevant 17 mins, Glenview 50 mins & Chicago Union Station 1:20.
Cost: To Chicago $22 one way.

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: ALAMO/National, AVIS, Budget, Dollar, HERTZ, Thrifty & Enterprise all have desks in the Rental Car Center, across the road from baggage claim, on the lower level of the car park.

Car Parking:
General: Shuttles to long term parking run from outside baggage claim. Shorter termm parking is in the large building opposite the terminal.
Garage Parking: First 30 mins free, $2 per hour. Daily max $22.
Surface Parking: First 30 mins free, then $2 per hour, $13 per day. Supersaver parking $5 per day.
Cell Phone Parking: Cell phone parking lots, located within 5 minutes of major airport terminals, are intended to reduce airport congestion. Motorists coming to the airport for arriving passengers can go to one of the cell phone parking lots. Once the arriving party reaches the terminal sidewalk with luggage in hand, he or she makes a call. The waiting motorist can be curbside within minutes to quickly pick up the traveler and be on their way. The Cell phone parking lot at Milwaukee airport is on the right as you approach the terminal, near the MCTS bus stop. Maximum waiting time 30 mins, thereafter $2 per hour.

Airport Hotels: There are no hotels at the terminal itself, but there are several close to the airport, and along the MCTS Bus 80 route. These include Motel 6, Clarion Hotel, Super 8 & Best Western Hotel. Milwaukee Airport Econo Lodge is 1 mile from the airport and has a 24 hour airport shuttle. Tel (414) 764 2510.
Updated Nov10. Last Visit Apr10

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