Milwaukee: Transportation

Approaching the City

General Mitchell International Airport is the destination for most air traffic into Milwaukee. Situated adjacent to I-94, 8 miles south of downtown, Mitchell Airport is served by 14 commercial airlines and is the largest airport in Wisconsin. Mitchell offers approximately 196 daily departures and 220 daily arrivals, serving 90 cities nonstop. The terminal accommodates more than 4 million passengers each year and is highly regarded by frequent travelers. Based at General Mitchell International Airport is Midwest Airlines; in 2000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranked the airline as the #1 U.S. airline for the sixth year in a row. The principal general aviation facility for Milwaukee is Timmerman Field.

A 160-mile freeway system permits direct access to central Milwaukee within 20 minutes from points throughout a 10-mile radius, except during the peak rush-hour period. Milwaukee's average commute time of 20 minutes is the shortest among the nation's 36 largest metro areas.

Amtrak and Greyhound provide passenger rail and bus services into Milwaukee.

Traveling in the City

The city of Milwaukee lies along the shore of Lake Michigan and is intersected from north to south by the Milwaukee River. Streets are laid out on a grid pattern; Lincoln Memorial Drive runs along the lake shore downtown. North-south streets are numbered and east-west streets are named.

The Milwaukee County Transit System, which ranks among the nation's largest all-bus transportation systems, operates bus routes in Milwaukee County. The System has 480 air-conditioned buses that operate frequently from 5 a.m. until after midnight. Additional services include express routes from park-ride lots and special routes to the university area and the stadium. Taxi and limousine services are also available.