Like most major cities, you don't need a car to successfully navigate around Milwaukee. The city offers many options to get to where you need to go. Whether you are going from Marquette to Bayshore, or Wauwatosa to Shorewood, Milwaukee’s transportation options have you covered.
The Milwaukee bus system is always a great option for people looking for a ride. Their website helps you find all the right stops and provides you with many options to get from point A to B. Need a ride to the Summerfest grounds? Good thing the Milwaukee bus system drops you off right at the main gate. Or maybe you are heading out for the annual Shamrock Shuffle and you don’t want to drive. With the Milwaukee bus system you will never find yourself stranded.
If you are interested in knowing more bus information on the go, the Milwaukee County Transit System or Milwaukee Real Time works well on mobile phones and there are multiple apps that can help you navigate the system. Google maps also has access to the bus routes and times so there are plenty of ways to stay connected.
Along with the local bus routes there are many regional bus routes. The Greyhound bus line offers destinations all throughout the Wisconsin area as well as the country. A quick trip to Chicago for a day can cost as little as $9 dollars. But lets not forget about our good old friend the Badger Bus, which runs throughout all of Wisconsin. Both of these options are a great way to travel, and if you are on a budget then you will be happy to know that both are very inexpensive.
If taking the bus isn't where your interests lie, there are plenty of other methods as well. You can always count on your typical yellow cab service or an Uber Car. It is a cashless ride service. You register through your app and click on the map where you are and someone will come to pick you up. All of the payment is covered through the app with your credit card. It is very convenient and always reliable. Lyft is another service much like Uber, and it has the same concept.
Or maybe you are looking for something a bit different. Maybe you are looking to get a bit active. If that’s the case try Bublr Bikes. Bublr Bikes is a bike rental system that has over 40 locations in the Milwaukee area. If you want to use one, all you need to do is go to the nearest Bublr rental station, pay the amount required, and then you are ready to ride wherever. Once you are done, you can return it to the nearest Bublr Bike station and you are good to go.
While we do not have a train system to navigate our city yet, we do have an Amtrak line. Amtrak's Hiawatha Service goes from Milwaukee to Chicago's Union Station many times a day. This is a great connection to reach out to a greater variety of places if you are looking for a quick get away. Chicago's Union Station is a short ride from here and can connect you to train lines that can take you anywhere in the country! The Milwaukee Amtrak station is centrally located on St. Paul Avenue downtown and has plenty of parking, drop off locations, and access to bus lines. Amtrak is also a convenient way to get to Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport. It is just a 15-minute ride and then an easy shuttle to your terminal. Mitchell Airport has now over 40 cities served nonstop, and recently has added Norwegian Air and Volaris to its ever-growing airline list.
Some new things are also coming to the city in terms of transportation. It was recently announced that Milwaukee will be getting streetcars. The first track will be installed in April of 2017. It will be a double-tracked section running from the Milwaukee River to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station along W. St. Paul Ave. To read more on the plans for the Milwaukee Streetcar visit urbanmilwaukee.com.
So there you have it. The ins and the outs to how to get around. Milwaukee can get you anywhere you would ever want to go, but why would you ever want to leave?