Where is Milwaukee?
Milwaukee is in the heart of the Great Lakes region on the Southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. It’s just a 90-minute drive from Chicago – a day’s commute for one-third of the U.S. population.
General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) – https://www.mitchellairport.com/
Alaska Airlines (AS)
American Airlines (AA)
Delta Airlines (DL)
Frontier Airlines (F9)
Southwest Airlines (WN)
United Airlines (UA)
Ground transportation from MKE airport to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center:
- Taxi Service: taximke.com
- Ride Share Services: Uber and Lyft (available on the App Store or on Google Play)
- Shuttle Service: GO Riteway Transportation Group goriteway.com
- Bus Transportation: Route 80 to Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Route 80
- Car Rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar Car Rental, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty
O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – www.flychicago.com
- Located 80 miles south of Milwaukee,
- Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport services over 40 airlines
- Direct flights available from ORD to MKE
Ground transportation from ORD airport to Milwaukee Intermodal Station in downtown Milwaukee (instructions from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center are on the following page):
Ground Transportation – Car
Directions to Hilton Milwaukee City Center www.hiltonmilwaukee.com/
- From the West: I-94 East to I-794 Eastbound (310-C), Exit James Lovell Street (1-H), Right onto West Michigan Street, Left onto 5th Street.
- From the North: I-43 South, Exit Highland Ave (72-E), Left onto Highland Ave, Right onto 6th Street, Left onto Michigan Ave, Left onto 5th Street.
- From the South: I-94 West to I-94 West/I-43 North, Exit Michigan Ave (72-A), Turn Left onto 5th Street.
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center offers convenient parking in their structure attached to the hotel on 5th Self-parking is $28 per day and guests have unlimited in and out access.
Ground Transportation – Bus and Train
The Milwaukee Intermodal Station (https://www.amtrak.com/stations/mke) is the main bus and train station located in downtown Milwaukee. The station is serviced by Amtrak and several bus companies that provide service to Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis:
- Badger Bus: badgerbus.com
- Coach USA / Wisconsin Coach: coachusa.com/wisconsincoach
- Greyhound: greyhound.com/
- Megabus: megabus.com/
- Amtrak – Empire Builder Service: amtrak.com/empire-builder-train
- Amtrak – Hiawatha Service: amtrak.com/hiawatha-train
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center is less than a half a mile north of the station on the West side of 5th The walk from the station to the Hilton is quick and easy, but taxis, Uber, and Lyft are available.
- Exit station on St. Paul Avenue and locate 5th Street.
- Take 5th Street North for 0.3 miles and you’ll arrive at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center on your left.
Getting Around Milwaukee
In addition to taxis and ride share services, Milwaukee offers the following public transportation options:
The Hop streetcar connects the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (see map above) to the Lower East Side and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods. The streetcar is free to ride, thanks to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
There are several bus routes that run throughout downtown Milwaukee. Tickets can be purchased in advance directly from the Ride MCTS app which is available on the App Store or on Google Play.
Milwaukee is a very bike-friendly city. All city buses are equipped with bike racks. Milwaukee’s bike share program is known as Bublr Bikes. The bike share system connects downtown Milwaukee neighborhoods with nearly 100 stations including the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, the Milwaukee Public Market, and the Wisconsin Center. Bikes from a Bublr station can be checked out with your credit card for $3 for each 30 minutes.