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Getting there & around

General Mitchell International Airport (MKE; 414-747-5300; www.mitchellairport.com) is 8 miles south of downtown. Take public bus No 80 ($1.75) or a cab ($25).

The Lake Express ferry (866-914-1010; www.lake-express.com) sails from downtown (the terminal is located a few miles south of the city center) to Muskegon, Michigan, and provides easy access to Michigan’s beach-lined Gold Coast.

Greyhound (414-272-2156; 606 N James Lovell St) runs frequent buses to Chicago ($13 to $20, two hours) and Minneapolis ($52 to $65, seven hours). Across the street, Badger Bus (414-276-7490; www.badgerbus.com; 635 N James Lovell St) goes to Madison ($17, 1½ hours). Megabus (877-462-6342; www.megabus.com/us) runs express to Chicago and Minneapolis, often for lower fares than Greyhound.

National car-rental agencies have offices at the airport and around town; Hertz has one at the downtown train station. Check the Transportation chapter for contact details.

The Milwaukee County Transit System (414-344-6711; www.ridemcts.com; 1942 N 17th Ave) provides efficient local bus service ($1.75) as well as a free trolley that runs downtown in summer. Bus 31 is a useful route, as it goes to Miller Brewery.

Amtrak (414-271-0840; 433 W St Paul Ave) runs the Hiawatha train seven times per day to/from Chicago ($21, 1½ hours); catch it downtown or at Amtrak’s airport train station.

For cab service, call Yellow Cab (414-271-1800).