Milwaukee Intermodal Station: The Essentials
MKE Milwaukee Intermodal Station

Milwaukee Intermodal Station: The Essentials

If you are an intermodal traveler going through Southeast Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Intermodal Station is an important place to get familiarized with how it can serve you. This page covers Amtrak’s use of the station but also covers bus services and how to get to four airports from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station.

Why Consider The Milwaukee Intermodal Station?

This station offers rail and bus service with connections to over four airports.

Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Milwaukee Intermodal Station

Amtrak can take you to Chicago, where you can connect with the long-distance network and the Midwest corridor. Or you can travel west from this station as far as Portland, OR, or Seattle, WA.

Amtrak uses this station to connect passengers with connecting and thruway service.

Several bus companies operate from this station, making it an easy transfer point between different bus companies and Amtrak.

If you have a layover at this station, you can get around the city by walking, public transport, or taxi and rideshares to explore or grab food or drink.

A Little History About This Station

The Milwaukee Road Railroad built this station in the 1960s. During that time, the station served passengers for the Milwaukee Road, Chicago & Northwestern railroads and had office space.

This station was known as Milwaukee Union Station from 1965-2007, and in 2007 it was renamed the Milwaukee Intermodal Station.

Later, Wisconsin DOT acquired the building, and Amtrak and bus lines started using the station, creating a surface travel hub in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Intermodal Station Today

Milwaukee Intermodal Station
A view from the Southwest of the back of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station with the Hiawatha waiting to travel back to Chicago.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation modernized the station in 2007, giving the building an updated look.

Later, in 2016, the train shed received much-needed updates to improve the passenger experience.

With these updates, the Milwaukee Intermodal Station is ready for future rail expansion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Midwest.

Where To Find The Milwaukee Intermodal Station

The Milwaukee Intermodal Station is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.


433 St. Paul Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53103

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Facts

  • Amtrak Station Code: MKE
  • Annual station ticket revenue FY 2022: $11,064,791*
  • Annual station ridership FY 2022: 379,535*
  • WDOT owns the platform, station, and parking lot (managed by an outside vendor)
  • The Soo Line/Canadian Pacific Railroad owns and maintains the tracks.

Trains At The Milwaukee Intermodal Station

The Milwaukee Intermodal Station currently hosts two Amtrak train routes and an Amtrak connecting service, with more services in the works.

Empire Builder

The Empire Builder is a daily Amtrak long-distance route between Chicago and Seattle/Portland. The train’s southern endpoint is Chicago Union Station.

The train offers coach and sleeper car accommodations.

Note: you cannot purchase Empire Builder tickets between Milwaukee and Chicago. If you need to connect between these cities, use the Hiawatha.

Empire Builder in Milwaukee
The Empire Builder in Milwaukee, WI


Hiawatha in MKE
Hiawatha is pulling into Milwaukee.

Amtrak’s Hiawatha is a regional train funded by the WDOT and IDOT.

The Hiawatha operates seven round-trip trains daily, Monday through Saturday, and six on Sundays.

Coach class is the only accommodation on the Hiawatha.

Amtrak Connecting & Thruway Services

Amtrak thruway bus
Amtrak’s Thruway Bus service

Amtrak offers destinations beyond the rails with Amtrak Connecting and Thruway Service.

This service could include a bus chartered by Amtrak, known as a connecting service.

With Amtrak’s Thruway bus service, your reservation works on another company’s transportation, like a bus.

You may need a train ride when booking a trip with a bus connection through Amtrak.

Checked bag service is not available with bus transfer, so plan accordingly,

Amtrak Thruway I-41 Bus Service

This could become a train service in a few years.

Green Bay, WI (GBY)Transportation Center, 901 University Avenue
De Pere, WI (DPE)Park & Ride – 100 Lawrence Drive
Appleton, WI (APP)Transit Center – 100 East Washington Street. Motor Coach loads on Oneida Street.
Oshkosh, WI – UW (OSU)Gruenhagen Conference Center – 208 Osceola Street
Fond du Lac, WI (FDL)Radisson Hotel and Conference Center – 625 West Rolling Meadows Drive
Milwaukee, WI – Amtrak (MKE)433 West St. Paul. Bay #7
Milwaukee, WI – Airport (MKB)Motor Coach loads outside Baggage Claim Door #1. Walk across lanes to the median/island. Look for signs.
Milwaukee Amtrak Connecting Bus Stops

Amtrak Services At Milwaukee Intermodal Station

This station offers ticket agents for booking services and staff to help with train boarding.

Baggage Services

Checked bag service is available if your final destination offers baggage services. Otherwise, Amtrak has a generous carry-on policy. You can also store bags (at the time of publishing), often around $10.

Bike and shipping boxes are available for purchase, along with ski bags.

Connecting To Airports From The Milwaukee Intermodal Station

This station can connect you to several airports!

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

MKE Shuttle
This shuttle runs at the Milwaukee Airport, taking passengers between the airport, parking lots, and the Airport Amtrak Station.

There are several ways to connect to Mitchell from this station.

By Train

Amtrak’s Hiawatha stops at the airport station (MKA) seven times daily. If you take the train, a shuttle will take you from the train station to the airport and back.

Buy Bus

Amtrak connecting bus service also has stops at this station (MKB).

The 80 MCTS bus also can take you there with a stop near the station. Coach USA bus service leaves the station and can also take you to the airport.

There are also taxis and rideshare options too.

Chicago O’Hare

The easiest way to get to O’Hare from this station is the Coach USA Bus Line. The bus drops off and picks you up at the airport’s transportation center.

The other option is to take Amtrak or a bus service to Chicago and then take the CTA Blue Line north, which terminates at the airport.

Chicago Midway

Take Amtrak or a bus to Chicago and walk to the CTA Orange Line from the Loop to the airport, which terminates there.

Southbend International Airport

Take Amtrak or a bus to Chicago and do a self-trainer to Millennium Station to catch the Southshore Line, which will take you to the airport.

Bus Services At The Milwaukee Intermodal Station

My first Greyhound Bus Trip
My first Greyhound Bus Trip

Greyhound staffs the bus side of the station on the Westside of the lobby. The ticket office is open from 5:30 am – 9:00 pm. If you need in-person help, call or check the Greyhound website to ensure service is there, times can change.

All buses load outside the West end doors. The city bus stop is close to the station with access to the Blue Line, 12, 31, 34, 57, and 80.

Coach USA – Wisconsin Coach LineGreyhound
Jefferson Lines Indian Trails
Lamers Badger Bus
This information can change at anytime
Milwaukee Amtrak ticket counter
Milwaukee Amtrak ticket counter

Station Amenities For All Passengers

The station’s passenger area is divided into three areas, the far east side is Amtrak the West side serves the buses. The station does have Wi-Fi, but not from Amtrak. Public bathrooms are available on the station’s west side before the Greyhound ticket desk.

Food In The Station

There are vending machines with food and drink to grab something while you wait or grab something to go. At the time of publishing, the coffee shop/cafe closed.


Paid parking is available just west of the station. Taxies are also available outside the station, along with a drop-off area.

Public transportation, both bus and streetcar stops, are within reasonable walking distance.

Food & Coffee Nearby

There are other food and coffee places available within blocks of the station, but these are my favorite and within walking distance for most.

One of my favorite coffee shops is half a block North of the station, Stone Creek Coffee’s Factory Cafe, with brewed coffee, espresso drinks, food, and accessories.

A variety of shops and food is .4 miles east of the Milwaukee Public Market. The Market offers a diversity of food vendors, coffee, and more, with indoor and outdoor seating.


If your next Amtrak adventure starts or ends at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, be prepared to leave the station for fresh food.

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Kev has been traveling with Amtrak since 2012, celebrating over ten years of travel! Over those years, he has been on over 700 trains covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist.

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