Transportation and Parking

The 2014 Summerfest Get Around Guide has all the information you need to get to the Big Gig® with ease! Find information on travel, best routes and parking. Remember to plan ahead and please allow for extra time.

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YOUR BEST ROUTE

from the north

From the North

Take I-43 south, exit at I-794, then take the Plankinton Ave. exit and turn right, proceed east on Michigan St. and follow signs to one of the many parking lots in the area. Or take I-43 south, exit at Highland Blvd. and proceed east to 6th St., head south on 6th St. to Michigan St., take Michigan St. east to Water St. and follow signs to one of the parking lots in the area or park downtown and take the shuttle directly to the North Gate.


from the south

From the South

Follow I-94 north and exit at Lapham /Greenfield. Go east to 1st St., head north and follow the Summerfest signs to one of the many parking lots in the area. Or continue north and exit Plankinton Ave. or Michigan St. to park downtown and take the shuttle bus directly to the North Gate.


from the west

From the West

Take I-94 east and exit at St. Paul/James Lovell. Follow St. Paul east to Water St. and follow the signs to one of the many parking lots in the area. Or from I-94, take the I-43 north ramp, to exit at Kilbourn Ave., park downtown and take the shuttle directly to the North Gate.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY TRANSIT SYSTEM

Milwaukee County Transit System offers easy options that get you straight to the gates of Summerfest. Catch a Milwaukee County Transit System Freeway Flyer from a Park-Ride lot. Or, take advantage of the Downtown Shuttle; ride a regular bus or park downtown and catch the shuttle along Wisconsin Avenue to the Summerfest North Gate. Visit Summerfest.com for more information on the Downtown Shuttle program. Visit RideMCTS.com for more information and suggested routing or call (414) 344-6711 for 24-hour automated bus information.

Freeway Flyer Service

For a fast and easy way to the Summerfest Mid Gate, park free at any of the following Park-Ride lots and hop on a Freeway Flyer to Summerfest:


Timmerman (Route 39): Timmerman Field at Appleton and N. 96th Street


College (Route 40): College Avenue, at I-94 (both lots)


Ryan Road (Route 41): Ryan Road, at I-94


Whitnall/Hales Corners (Route 43): I-43, east of S. 108th Street


State Fair Park (Route 44): I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney


Burleigh/Mayfair Collection (Route 45): Just north of Burleigh Street, east of U.S. Hwy 45 at 114th Street


Holt (Route 47): Holt Avenue, west of I-94


Loomis (Route 47): Loomis Road, south of Coldspring Road


Brown Deer East (Route 49): Brown Deer Road, west of I-43


Weekday Schedule

11:30 am – 5:00 pm: Half-hour service from Park-Ride lots and Summerfest
5:00 pm – 12:30 am: 15 minute service from Park-Ride lots and Summerfest


Weekend Schedule (Saturday & Sunday)

11:30 am – 12:30 am: Service every 15-20 minutes from Park-Ride lots and Summerfest


Fares

Freeway Flyer round-trip cash fares: $6.50 for adults, $3 for children (ages 6 - 11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under the age of 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult. Pay full amount of fare when boarding to Summerfest. Exact fare required.

TRAIN SERVICE TO MILWAUKEE

Amtrak Hiawatha Service

Coming to Summerfest from Chicago or Racine/Kenosha? This summer, jam without traffic by taking the train with Amtrak Hiawatha Service between Chicago and Milwaukee. Amtrak Hiawatha offers easy access to Summerfest from the downtown Milwaukee Intermodal Station. You can catch the train from Chicago Union Station, Glenview in the northern suburbs and Sturtevant in the Racine/Kenosha Area. Visit AmtrakHiawatha.com for details.


BUS AND SHUTTLE SERVICE

Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA Milwaukee

Waukesha Service

The shuttle originates from the Nagawaukee Park-Ride in Delafield (Hwy 83 and I-94). Other pick-ups include the Meadowbrook Park-Ride lot (I-94 and County Highway G) and Goerke’s Corners Park-Ride lot (I-94 and Barker Road). The shuttle drop-off and pick-up at Summerfest is located west of the Mid Gate on Chicago Street. The shuttle operates every day of Summerfest beginning at 11:00 am with the last shuttle departing Summerfest at 12:15 am. Round-trip tickets are $10 and purchased at point of origin. Children under 12, who are accompanied by an adult are $5 when they purchase a roundtrip ticket prior to 3:00 pm. Call (262) 542-8861 or visit WisconsinCoach.com for more information.


Racine & Kenosha Service

Wisconsin Coach Lines offers seven (7) northbound and southbound weekday trips and four (4) weekend/holiday trips per day as part of their daily commuter service to serve Racine and Kenosha Summerfest attendees. Call (262) 542-8861 or visit WisconsinCoach.com for route and fare information.


Ozaukee County Express

Operated by Milwaukee County Transit System, Ozaukee County Express provides service every 20 minutes from 11:30 am to 12:30 am each day, starting at the Saukville Walmart (Hwy 33 and Green Bay Ave.). The bus will depart 13 minutes later from the Target/Home Depot (Hwy 60) in Grafton. On weekdays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and Sundays from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, service increases to every 15 minutes. Fare is $7 in cash, round-trip for adults and $3.50 round-trip for children (6-11), seniors (65 and older) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Riders with a Weekly or Monthly Pass add $2 in cash. Visit RideMCTS.com for more information and suggested routing or call (414) 344-6711 for 24-hour automated bus information.


GO Riteway Summerfest Shuttle from Washington County

Park your car it’s FREE, then relax and ride GO Riteway’s shuttle to Summerfest from two convenient locations in Washington County: the Washington County Fair Park, Highway 45 and Pleasant Valley Road and the Life Church parking lot, in Germantown Center, Mequon Road and Squire Drive. Daily round-trip service is offered throughout the day, beginning at 11:00 am from Washington County Fair Park; and 11:30 am from the Life Church parking lot in Germantown. Return service from Summerfest is offered hourly from 4:00 pm with the final bus departing Summerfest at 12:30 am. GO Riteway’s shuttle drop-off and pick-up location at Summerfest is the North Gate. Round-trip fare to Summerfest is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information, visit GoRiteway.com or call GO Riteway Transportation Group, (262) 677-3282.


Badger Bus

Madison Service

Badger Bus will offer special service from Madison to Summerfest five (5) times a day during the festival. Departures on those days will be from UW-Madison at 10:45 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Check the online schedule for departure times from other Madison stops. The bus will drop off at the Wisconsin Coach stop at East Michigan and Jackson Street, four blocks from the Summerfest North Gate. Passengers will be picked up at the same location for return to Madison four times each day - 5:45 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:20 pm and 11:55 pm. Purchase tickets online at BadgerBus.com/summerfest for a special round trip fare from Madison to Summerfest of only $25. Tickets will be available for walk-up from the Union or Kelley’s Market for the regular round trip price of $44 on a space available basis. Email info@badgerbus.com for more information.


PARK WITH EASE AT SUMMERFEST!

Parking lots open daily at 9:00 am. Preferred Parking is only $20 and Exclusive Parking is only $35. All parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-paid parking passes for specific dates during Summerfest may be purchased online, at the Summerfest Box Office and via phone.


Parking Lots

Parking lots open daily at 9:00 am. Preferred Parking is only $20 and Exclusive Parking is only $35. All parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-paid parking passes for specific dates during Summerfest may be purchased online, at the Summerfest Box Office and via phone.

Motorcycle Parking

Free motorcycle parking is located near the Mid Gate, sponsored by Harley-Davidson®, on a first-come, first-served basis.


For updated information on roadwork, visit the Department of Transportation website.