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Driving Milwaukee is conveniently located at the intersection of I-94 and I-43, with easy access from downtown to the distinct neighborhoods, surrounding suburbs, and other counties through the expansive highway/interstate system. To ensure a safe and timely trip through the city, keep the following tips in mind:
Allot extra time for travel during rush hour and dangerous weather conditions.
Download the MKE Park app to pay for meter parking directly from your phone.
Read parking signs closely to ensure you're legally parked.
Use a navigation app that takes construction and/or accidents into account when determining a route, such as Google Maps.
Walking Milwaukee’s compact downtown is easy to navigate and walk around. Spacious paths run through Brady Street on the East side of town, the Historic Third Ward district, and the Milwaukee Lakefront, making the entire city pedestrian-friendly and accessible. The popular 3-mile Milwaukee RiverWalk allows visitors to explore downtown, as it winds along the Milwaukee River, connecting the Beerline B neighborhood to Old World Third Street and then the Historic Third Ward. Milwaukee's downtown area also features helpful signs to point you in the direction of popular attractions and main streets, so you can feel confident getting around the city while enjoying the view.
Public Transportation - MCTS The Milwaukee County Transit System runs buses throughout downtown and the surrounding county, making the bus a reliable, convenient, and cost-efficient form of transportation in the city. The Ride MCTS app makes it easy to get around with route information, real-time bus tracking, and the option to buy your ticket online. Purchase a 1-day or 7-day pass and ride the bus everywhere for the entire duration of your trip! The Ride MCTS app allows you to select a destination and arrival/departure date and time, then provides you with multiple route options, all detailing the time and place of departure and arrival as well as the exact location and time for you to board your bus. In addition, all Milwaukee city buses are wheelchair-accessible via a ramp at the front of the bus. For more information on MCTS and what it has to offer, please visit ridemcts.com.
Biking All city streets feature designated bike lanes and additional bike paths run throughout the city, making it effortless to explore the city on two wheels! Bike racks are located in front of most buildings and city buses are equipped with a bike rack so you can decide how far you ride. Didn't bring your own bike? Take advantage of Milwaukee’s nonprofit bike share program, Bublr Bikes! Bublr Bikes "delivers an accessible, convenient, and integrated and sustainable bike share system for all", and stations are located throughout downtown and the surrounding areas. Rent a bike by the minute, for the entire day, or purchase and annual pass. Just visit the station kiosk and: 1. Pay, 2. Ride, 3. Return, and 4. Repeat!
Street Car - The Hop Learn about the newest form of public transportation in Milwaukee, The Hop, by clicking here!
Ride Share Uber and Lyft both operate in Milwaukee. Download the apps today and use code VISITMKE ( or visit www.lyft.com/i/visitmke) for $10 off two rides from Lyft.