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Amtrak Hiawatha Route Guide

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The Amtrak Hiawatha will take you from Chicago to Milwaukee. This particular route a unique opportunity for both business and sightseeing passengers. This 90 minute ride offers the passengers a limited stop route for quicker arrival times.

The Hiawatha will take you from Chicago to Milwaukee via Sturtevant, and Milwaukee (General Mitchell) International Airport.

Train Info

Quiet Car Yes
Dining CarNo
Distance86 Miles
Time1.5 Hours

Ticket Options

On the Hiawatha you can purchase tickets in these categories:

  • Coach ($50)

Scenic Views

The Hiawatha train route is a great service from Amtrak. Whether you are a business passenger trying to conduct some work in one of these cities or if you are a sightseeing passenger on a day trip, this is an ideal journey. At just 90 minutes with very minimal stops, you will be exploring or working in either city very quickly.


Major Stations

The Amtrak Hiawatha has just the few stations of Chicago, Glenview, Sturtevant, Milwaukee (General Mitchell International Airport) and Milwaukee Inter modal Station.

States Visited

The Amtrak Hiawatha only travels through the states of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Station Reviews

The Hiawatha has terminus stations of Chicago on one end and Milwaukee on the other. Chicago Union Station is a tourist attraction as well as a very busy inter modal station. You will want to arrive a bit early to tour the station. There are plenty of options for food and shops if you need anything while you are waiting. It also has a very nice Metropolitan Lounge as well as free baggage check. Milwaukee Intermodal Station has some shops, food available as well as vending machines. You can also check your baggage at this station.

Chicago Union Station

Union Station in Chicago is perhaps the finest Amtrak station in the country. It offers easy access in the heart of Downtown Chicago and features the best Metropolitan Lounge you will find. There are plenty of fast food restaurants within the station where you can get food to bring back to the new 2 level Metropolitan Lounge. The entire station has a nice decor that makes you feel like you are about to take a special trip.

Union Station Chicago
Union Station Chicago

If you’d like to stay close to Union Station before or after your visit we recommend the Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown – The Loop, which is about a 5 minute walk from the station.

Milwaukee Intermodal Station

Milwaukee Intermodal Station has a beautiful, soaring glass enclosed atrium. You will find commercial spaces and offices inside as well in the station. There are some services available such as baggage check and restrooms. You can also find some food or grab snacks at the vending machine.

Trip Planning

The Hiawatha can be paired with several other trains for a longer vacation. You can jump on any train leaving Chicago, of which some of our favorites are the California Zephyr, Lake Shore Limited and the Cardinal.

Booking Tickets

Tickets for Amtrak can be booked at or by using their app on your phone. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Allie Marmion
Allie is married to Rob and has been traveling with him across the world for the last two years. She is an accomplished personal trainer, speaker and author.