How To Get To WITS ’17

Now that you have your ticket to WITS ’17, you’re likely starting to make your travel plans to Milwaukee. Luckily for you (and us!) you’ll find that not only is this city very walkable, but it’s easy to get to, with major flight, train, and bus routes leading you to the heart of the city.

To make things even easier, we asked local expert and our lead Milwaukee volunteer, Jennifer Buchholz, for some insider tips on getting to Milwaukee.

 

How do I get to Milwaukee if I’m flying in?

Your options for flying in to Milwaukee are direct to MKE or through Chicago (ORD or MDW).

If you arrive at MKE, you can find taxis are abundant as well as Lyft (or Uber) (~$25 on Lyft). It’s a 20-minute ride outside of rush hour. There’s also a Milwaukee County Transit bus that will take you almost door to door from the airport to the Hilton that comes every 20 minutes ($2.25 cash fare).

If you arrive at ORD, there’s a Coach USA bus that runs frequently to Downtown Milwaukee’s Intermodal/Amtrak Station. (Advance reservations are recommended, tickets cost $30.) From the Intermodal Station, you are a 6 minute walk to the Hilton, and there are also taxis available. While there is an Amtrak from Milwaukee to Chicago, and that makes for a great and easy day trip, it is not an easy way to get to and from O’Hare. You’ll have to take the Blue Line from O’Hare to Union Station and then take Amtrak’s Hiawatha Line to Milwaukee. It’s not the best use of time.

If you arrive at MDW, the most cost-efficient way is to take Coach bus from MDW to ORD and then the Coach to MKE. (Tickets cost $25 for this leg of the bus and advance reservations are recommended) It will take you to MKE so then you’ll need to follow those directions to get downtown. Some people fly into MDW because the flights cost less, but you’ll be spending more time and money on ground transportation. If there are a bunch of people arriving to MDW at the same time, it might make sense to get a shared car service/

 

How do I get to Milwaukee if I live in a neighboring state/city?

Options from Chicago:
Amtrak’s Hiawatha Line – from Union Station Chicago to Downtown Milwaukee’s Intermodal/Amtrak Station. Advance reservations are recommended and online reservations are a bit less expensive. Tickets cost $27 and allow flexible departure. From the Intermodal Station, you are a 6 minute walk to the Hilton, and there are also taxis available.

Megabus – from near Union Station Chicago (Megabus stop on W Polk St. between S Clinton) to Downtown Milwaukee’s Intermodal/Amtrak Station. The further in advance you purchase your tickets, the cheaper they are. These routes do fill up. Ticket cost ranges from $1 to $10 and does not allow flexible departure. From the Intermodal Station, you are a 6 minute walk to the Hilton, and there are also taxis available.

Greyhound – from Union Station Chicago to Downtown Milwaukee’s Intermodal/Amtrak Station. These routes do fill up. Ticket cost ranges from $7-8 and does not allow flexible departure. From the Intermodal Station, you are a 6 minute walk to the Hilton, and there are also taxis available.

From other areas in WI and surrounding states:

Greyhound provides a lot of options from neighboring cities and states. These routes do fill up and ticket costs vary. From the Intermodal Station, you are a 6 minute walk to the Hilton, and there are also taxis available.

 

What is the best way to get around Milwaukee itself?

Milwaukee is a very walkable city, especially in the downtown core. In addition to walking, Milwaukee County Public Transportation is a viable option for getting around. Bubblr bike share also makes getting around town via bicycle quite easy, and Lyft and Uber provide door-to-door options, as well.