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Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, United States. The city's population is 596,974 with an estimated total of 1,689,572 in the Milwaukee metropolitan area (2004). The city of Milwaukee is the 22nd largest city in the United States. The city is located in the southeastern portion of the state on the western shore of Lake Michigan.
There is an array of almost every transportation mode thinkable to get in. The cheapest way is by bus, but many travelers prefer the comfort and convenience of air, train or boat travel.
Milwaukee is served by Gen. Mitchell International Airport (MKE) . Midwest Airlines , frequently rated #1 in domestic air service, is based at Mitchell International Airport. Other airlines include: Air Canada , AirTran Airways , American Airlines/American Eagle , Continental , Delta , Frontier , Northwest , United , US Airways/America West , and USA 3000 .
Direct international (but some seasonal) flights are offered to Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Other international travelers will have to connect or fly to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and take the shuttle service to Milwaukee Union station.
Like many European airports Mitchell features a rail link to the city, use the Amtrak train to Milwaukee Union Station ($6). Badger Coaches also operates a $6 service to the city where as a more frequent, cheaper $1.75, yet slower normal city bus line(# 80), to downtown is operated by MCTS .
Some air travelers choose to fly into one of Chicago's main airports, O'Hare (ORD) or Midway (MDW). Some passengers find this to be a cheaper solution, particularly, but not necessarily, for overseas travel. There is a direct shuttle from both of the Chicago airports to Milwaukee Union Station (O'Hare to Milwaukee $23, Midway to Milwaukee $36). Increasingly, travelers are may choosing to take an 'eL' train from either of the Chicago airports to Chicago Union Station($1.75-$2) and then go on to Milwaukee with either Megabus.com ($1-$8.50) services or with Amtrak trains ($20); Potentially totaling a savings of up to nearly $30.
Amtrak serves a downtown and a new airport station. The Hiawatha has 7 daily round trips to Chicago, and the Empire Builder has one daily round trip from Chicago through Milwaukee to Seattle/Portland, via Minneapolis and Spokane (among other cities). The Amtrak station is very conveniently located in the middle of downtown.
I-94 comes in from Madison to the west, and continues to Chicago to the south. I-43 will get you to the city from Green Bay from the north, and continues south-west to Rockford.
The Lake Express is a high speed ferry that operates across Lake Michigan from (and to) Muskegon, MI.
Milwaukee features numerous Greyhound services to Chicago, Madison, and the Twin Cities among other place. The Badger Bus makes runs between Milwaukee and Madison.
Megabus, On 5th street just north of St Paul Avenue (Opposite the Union (train) Station downtown), . The cheapest way to get to Milwaukee, offers an eight time daily round trip service to Chicago, and one daily bus from Minneapolis from $2.50 round trip. (After some construction started in 2006 completes, the stop returns to its regular location on the south side of St Paul Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets. There is a second stop at the junction of I-94 and West College Avenue, in the southwestern of the two Park and Ride lots.
Greyhound (main depot), 606 N James Lovell St. (5 blocks northwest of Union Station), ☎ +1-414-272-2156, . Open 24h/day, every day. Greyhound has extensive bus services to most medium and large cities in the region. In addition to the main depot, there are stops on request at 84 & O'Connor, at Milwaukee Mitchell Airport, and at other locations.
Badger Bus, 635 N James Lovell St. (Between Wisconsin and Michigan Avenues, opposite the Greyhound depot), . Operates scheduled service between Milwaukee and Madison, with a few local stops on each end.
Getting around in Milwaukee is mostly easy. Block numbers are consistent across the whole city, including most of the suburbs, starting roughly where the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers meet. All numbered streets run north-south, increasing in number as you go west from 1st Street. Most names streets go east-west, with the notable exception of any street east of 1st Street (the East Side). Standard blocks are 1/8th of a mile long north to south, and 1/12th of a mile east to west. Parking Downtown and on the East Side is a minor hassle, but abundant elsewhere.