Transportation Choices

Whatever your preferred mode of transportation, we've got it – interstates, international airports, Amtrak, commuter rail, buses, ferries and bike trails – plus the second-shortest commute time in the nation. The commute time in the metro area averages 22.1 minutes, which is the second shortest for U.S. urban areas.

The primary airport serving the Milwaukee Region is General Mitchell International Airport, which is located less than 15 minutes south of Milwaukee's downtown. Mitchell's ten commercial airlines serve seven million passengers a year, offering nonstop service to 39 destinations coast-to-coast, with 160 international destinations available from Milwaukee with easy, one-stop connections. Mitchell was also ranked in the top 10 small airports – those with fewer than 10 million passengers annually – in the J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction study. Major carriers include Southwest Airlines, United, American and Delta.

In all, the region includes eight general aviation airports that provide service to corporate and personal aircraft. Chicago's O’Hare International Airport, the fourth busiest in the world, is also just a 75-minute drive to the south.

Rail service in the area includes Amtrak, the federal passenger line that offers daily round-trip trains to Chicago as well as service to the Twin Cities and beyond; and Metra, a commuter line that connects the Milwaukee Region with Chicago and its suburbs. 

There's even a high-speed car ferry, the Lake Express, that crosses Lake Michigan to connect the region with southern Michigan, bypassing Chicago traffic.

Urban bus and transit systems in the region offer a range of routes and services in the Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine and Waukesha metro areas. In downtown Milwaukee, the first leg of a streetcar system is under construction that will connect Milwaukee’s office, entertainment and transportation hubs. There are also freeway flyer and commuter bus services available between Milwaukee and outlying communities.

General Mitchell International Airport Primary commercial airport
Amtrak Service to Chicago, Madison and Twin Cities
Metra Commuter service between Kenosha and Chicago
Greyhound Service to major cities nationwide
Badger Bus Service to Madison
Wisconsin Coach Lines Service within state of Wisconsin and nationwide
Riteway Bus Service  Motorcoach and executive transportation
Milwaukee County Transit Urban bus service within Milwaukee County
Washington County Commuter Express Commuter service between Milwaukee County and Washington County communities
Waukesha Metro Transit Bus service within Waukesha County and to downtown Milwaukee
Ozaukee County Express Commuter service between Milwaukee and Ozaukee County communities
Racine Belle Urban System Serves Racine and eastern Racine County
Kenosha Transit Serves Kenosha and eastern Kenosha County
Lake Express High-speed ferry service to Muskegon, Michigan
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