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ESA 's travel agent, Joseph Vengersammy with First in Service Travel, has arranged for discounted flights to Milwaukee. Please note there is a $35 fee for using his service. Contact Joseph @ (130 West 42nd Street, Suite 401, New York, NY 10036. Phone: 212-398-6555 ext. 1290; Email: or Book your flight.

Those who arrive by air will find General Mitchell International Airport is located just eight miles south of downtown and 70 miles north of Chicago. Mitchell International is the largest airport in Wisconsin and its terminal is open 24 hours a day. It is served by 13 major airlines (including Milwaukee 's hometown airline, Midwest Airlines), handles 235 departures and 235 arrivals daily, and offers nonstop or direct service to approximately 90 cities.


ShuttleShuttle operators provide scheduled service from Mitchell International to downtown hotels and business locations. In addition, share-ride shuttle services and public transit, in and off terminal car rental, and coach bus and Amtrak services are available. If you make a reservation at Go Airport Connection Shuttle (type in code ESA08), 48 hours in advance you can get from the airport to downtown Milwaukee for a discounted price of $22 round trip.


Amtrak Hiawatha TrainMilwaukee is served by the very frequent AMTRAK Hiawatha train to and from Chicago 7 times (round trip) a day, with connections to many other cities. Milwaukee is one of the few cities in the country to be served by train service at the airport in addition to downtown (near the Midwest center). Many local Milwaukeeans travel to the airport by catching AMTRAK downtown and getting off at the airport station. This option is easier/cheaper for some travelers, and it is more sustainable.


TaxiGetting around Milwaukee is also a snap. There are several taxi stands located in the downtown area, particularly around major hotels. Or, if you prefer to drive, you'll find navigating the city a breeze. Streets are laid out in a grid pattern, making orientation simple even for first-time visitors. Additional help comes as part of the City's Downtown Pedestrian Streetscape Project, which has placed signage at intersections pointing the way to major landmarks. A taxi ride from the airport to downtown Milwaukee is $25 one way.


TrolleyDuring the summer season (roughly Memorial Day through Labor Day), the city also provides service on the Milwaukee Trolley for free. These bright red, rubber wheeled trolleys are operated by the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and serve stops in the downtown area and nearby neighborhoods every 3 minutes. Travel time to complete the entire loop is 60 minutes.