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Overview: Train from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago

distanceDistance82 miles (133 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 19 min
frequencyTrain frequency6 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 6 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago cover the 82 miles (133 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 19 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there are 6 trains operating per day, including direct services available.

Train providers: Amtrak from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago trains

Amtrak will get you to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI at great prices. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times, prices and tickets for your trip.


Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey between Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.

Train information from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago with Amtrak:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 30 min
  • Amtrak frequency: 6 a day

Please follow the recommendations outlined by Amtrak when booking your train tickets to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI due to the coronavirus:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Change fees have been waived for all reservations made before March 31, 2021.
  • If you've booked with Omio, to change your reservation, go to (Modify Trip) or the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation, you must call 800-USA-RAIL (not available via or the app).

Trains from Detroit to Chicago

Amtrak is the sole provider of train service on this particular route and offers daily rail service from Detroit to Chicago on its Michigan Services trains. This direct itinerary leaves from the Detroit Amtrak Station and arrives at Chicago’s Union Station just about 5h later. This idyllic ride departs first thing in the morning, crossing the beautiful state of Michigan before arriving in Chicago’s thriving West Loop in the late morning. A quick, non-stop journey, this route is ideal for business travelers with meetings or other appointments in Chicago, but also provides an exciting adventure for young families or couples looking for a weekend getaway in the famous Windy City on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Booking the train from Detroit to Chicago

When it comes to travel by train from Detroit to Chicago, the pros will tell you that the best thing you can do to save money is to book your ticket early through Omio. This way you can avoid rising fares as specific trains fill up closer to departure time. Additionally, it’s always a smart plan to be flexible with your travel dates.

You just may be surprised by how much you can save by departing a day later or even a day earlier. Another savvy move is to look for discounts in the form of student tickets or senior citizen rates. There’s no shame in saving a buck where you can. Thankfully, with the Omio app these and other tickets are easily booked right from the comfort of home.

Train companies in Detroit

Amtrak provides passenger train service from Detroit on its Michigan Services trains. Daily itineraries are available to Chicago, arriving in about 5h at the Chicago Union Station in downtown. These routes are direct and non-stop, meaning when you book your train ticket through Omio you can save both time and money on your train from Detroit to Chicago.

Popular routes from Detroit

Detroit is an excellent embarkation point for popular regional destinations such as Chicago, which can be reached in about 5h. However, when you ride one of Amtrak’s Michigan Services trains from Detroit you can also visit other major cities such as Grand Rapids in about 17h. The Blue Water train passes through such popular destinations as Kalamazoo in just about 4h. Whether it’s a lakeside excursion or a weekend in the Windy City, there’s plenty to see and do when you take one of Amtrak’s trains from Detroit. And don’t forget that with the Omio app, train tickets from Detroit are easy to book from anywhere.

Arriving by train in Chicago

When you take one of the daily Amtrak Michigan Service trains from Detroit to Chicago, you can expect to travel non-stop along Lake Michigan for about 5h, arriving at Chicago’s downtown Union Station in the mid-morning. Chicago’s iconic Union Station is located right on South Canal Street, close to the city center, and offers an ATM and various vending machines for passenger convenience. Public restrooms, including accessible facilities, are available, as is a ticketing office. For passengers connecting to other Amtrak destinations nation-wide, a Metropolitan lounge is available for added comfort. Union Station features free Wi-Fi throughout for its travelers to use and enjoy.


Amtrak provides train travel from Detroit to Chicago on its Michigan Services Wolverine train which makes the journey every day of the week, providing non-stop service from the Detroit Amtrak Station to Chicago’s Union Station in just about 5h. On this train passengers may choose from standard Coach Class seats with reclining cloth seats, folding trays, personal reading lights, and charging ports for their mobile devices.

As an alternative, Business Class seating is also available which includes a dedicated car with its own service attendant, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and special access to the Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago’s Union Station upon arrival or during connection. Both classes of seating include access to the Café Service on board, and for those seeking a more restful journey, a Quiet Car is also available for all passengers.

Detroit City Lights. Source: Shutterstock

The main train station in Detroit

The main passenger train station in Detroit is the eponymous Detroit Amtrak Station, located on West Baltimore Avenue. The Amtrak Station offers an ATM and ticketing office as well as Quick-Trak kiosks. Handicap accessible restrooms and an elevator are also provided in addition to handicap parking spaces outside the station. For traveler convenience, over-night parking is also available. Passengers departing from Detroit are advised to arrive at the station at least 30min before scheduled departure. If luggage will be checked, including bicycles, it is suggested that passengers arrive at the station at least 45min before departure.

Popular train journeys from Detroit to Chicago

Train journeys from Detroit to Chicago are available on one of Amtrak’s Michigan Services trains. These trains, generally the Wolverine, will depart from the Detroit Amtrak Station each morning, traveling directly to Chicago in around 5h. You can easily book one of these trains on the Omio app for about $40, thereby saving both time and money on your trip west from Michigan to Illinois.

Detroit Panoramic. Source: Shutterstock

Popular train journeys from Detroit to other cities in the USA

It’s amazing how much of North America is right at your fingertips when you book a train trip from Detroit on the Omio app. Blue Water trains from Detroit travel to major destinations such as Pontiac in about 45min for around $15.

When you ride the Wolverine to Chicago, however, you will be able to connect to an almost endless number of other destinations, such as Memphis on the City of New Orleans train (about 10h 30min for around $111), or perhaps Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief (around $183). Wherever you’re headed, you can get there from Detroit.

Good to know

It’s always a good idea to book your ticket early when taking the train from Detroit to Chicago. This way you can lock in low fares and avoid trains selling out during popular times. Being flexible with your travel dates can also save big money, as fares fluctuate from day to day. And remember, small cats and dogs are allowed on Amtrak trains as long as they remain caged and weigh less than 20 lbs (9 kg).

To Chicago by train: Travel tips

The Windy City is packed with opportunities and excitement, but did you know that much of what the city has to offer is readily available within a very short distance of its Union Station? When you arrive at Union Station in the city’s West Loop, you’ll be within walking distance of Greek Town. You’ll also be close to Harpo Studios (of Oprah Winfrey fame) and if you’re lucky, you’ll be in town in time to enjoy the Craft Beer Fest or the Randolph Street Market Festival, all near to the station. Chicago has so much to see and experience, such as the Lyric Opera or the famed Riverwalk, both less than a mile from the station.

The attractions don’t stop there, with Chicago’s Metra system linked to the Union Station, providing visitors with easy access to attractions like the Navy Pier. With so much to see and do, you will surely want to return to Chicago again and again, and with daily trips by train available, Omio will be there to help you book a memorable journey to Chicago from anywhere.

Travel Tips: Trains from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago

Travel by train to Chicago easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago.

What is the distance to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI by train?

You should expect to travel around 82 miles (133 km)  between Milwaukee, WI and Chicago by train.

How long is a train to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI on average?

The train time from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago is on average 1 h 19 min  for the 82 miles (133 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Milwaukee, WI and Chicago by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

Which train companies can take me from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago?

Take the Milwaukee, WI to Chicago train with Amtrak. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

Are there any direct trains from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago?

Yes, there are 6 direct trains per day from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago. You can look to travel with Amtrak  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this journey.

How many trains per day are there to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI?

The average number of trains departing Milwaukee, WI for Chicago is 6 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

When does the first train depart from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago? When does the last train depart from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago?

You can take the first train from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago at 12: 26 PM. The last train from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago that you can take departs at 9: 10 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago schedule to help you book the best departure time for this route.