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Transportation and Directions

Whether you're coming here by plane, train, boat, car, or bus - it's easy to get to Summerfest. Located in Downtown Milwaukee, we're only a 10-minute drive from Mitchell International Airport. Or about an hour drive (80 mi) straight from O'Hare International Airport.  

  • Milwaukee County Transit System

    Milwaukee County Transit System offers easy options that get you straight to the gates of Summerfest. You are encouraged to purchase a MCTS•CARD in advance. 

    Freeway Flyers operate from ten Park-Ride lots to the Summerfest Mid Gate. Flyers provide service on weekdays, approximately every 30 minutes from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, and approximately every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am. On Saturdays and Sundays service is every 15-20 minutes. Times may be impacted by construction and peak traffic periods. Learn More

    Take advantage of the Summerfest Downtown Shuttle and ride directly to the North Gate. The Shuttle provides service approximately every 15 minutes from 11:30 am to 12:30 am. Learn More

    MCTS is once again serving the Park-Ride lot near Bayshore Town Center. Parking is available on the 3rd level of the Bayshore Parking Garage off Port Washington Road. Look for signage at the garage entrance. Learn More

    Get your MCTS M•CARD online here. Visit MCTS online for more information and suggested routing or call (414) 344-6711 for 24-hour automated bus information.

  • Uber To The Fest

    • Official Rideshare Provider of Summerfest
    • To help concertgoers easily meet their drivers, Uber and Summerfest have teamed up to create a Uber Zone for pickups and drop-offs. The main Uber Zone is located right outside of the Mid Gate at E. Chicago St. & N. Jackson St. Riders can enter the Rider Lounge at Chicago Street.
    • To request an Uber ride, Summerfest attendees will need to:
      • Exit the Mid Gate and walk west on Chicago Street.
      • Open the Uber app · Confirm pickup location · Select preferred vehicle · Tap the “Request” button
    • With a lot of movement around the city, here are a couple tips to follow for the smoothest experience.
      • You will always be able to see your fare before you accept the trip. We expect the busiest times to be on the weekends or as the headline acts finish up their encore.
      • Always check the license plate in your app with the license plate of the vehicle.
      • Confirm your name with your driver.
      • If you are planning on traveling with a big crew, be sure to order an uberXL our UberSUV which can fit up to six riders comfortably.
  • Bus Shuttle Services

    • Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA Milwaukee - Waukesha County Service  

      Wisconsin Coach Lines takes you to Summerfest with safe, convenient, and affordable service straight to the Mid-Gate.  Park for free at any of the 4 Park and Ride lots

      • 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), the Goerke’s Corners Park-Ride lot (I-94 and Barker Road), and Eble Park Ice Arena (19400 W. Bluemound Rd.).
      • 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 $11 and purchased at point of origin. Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are only $6 round-trip through the 3PM departure to Summerfest.
      • Call (262) 542-8861 or visit for more information.
    • Racine & Kenosha Service  

      Wisconsin Coach Lines does not have dedicated service to Summerfest, but offers 7 northbound and southbound weekday trips and 4 weekend/holiday trips per day as part of their daily commuter service to serve Racine and Kenosha Summerfest attendees with a bus stop 2 blocks from the North Gate. Call (262) 542-8861 or visit for route and fare information.

    • GO Riteway Summerfest Shuttle from Washington County  

      Park your car - it’s FREE. Then, take 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 Richfield Park-Ride, HWY 41 and Pioneer Road. 

      • Daily round-trip service is offered throughout the day, beginning at 11:00 a.m. from Washington County Fair Park.
      • Return service from Summerfest is offered hourly from 4:00 pm with the final bus departing Summerfest at 12:30 am. GO Riteway’s drop-off and pick-up location at Summerfest is the North Gate. 
      • For more information, visit or call GO Riteway Transportation Group, (262) 677-3282.
    • Badger Bus Madison Service  

      Badger Bus will offer special service from Madison to Summerfest 5 times a day during the festival.

      • Return schedule from Summerfest will operate four (4) times each day. Please check the online schedule at for details on the Summerfest schedule.
      • The bus will drop off and pick up at the corner of East Michigan and Jackson Street, four blocks from the Summerfest North Gate.
      • Purchase tickets at for a special online round trip fare from Madison to Summerfest of only $25.
      • Email for more information.
    • Bar & Restaurant Shuttles  

      Milwaukee Shuttle & Trolley Service to Summerfest

      Some bars and restaurants around the Milwaukee area are offering shuttles to the festival grounds

      Trolley Service

      Downtown Milwaukee’s trolley service, the Milwaukee Trolley Loop, will extend service on Friday until 11 p.m. to accommodate guests attending Summerfest and the U.S. Bank Fireworks.

      In addition, a third trolley vehicle will be added to the loop. Rides are $1 per trip.

      For route and schedule information, visit or call 414-562-RIDE (7433).

      Eastside/Downtown Shuttles


      Hours of Operation

      Harp Irish Pub

      113 E. Juneau Ave




      Milwaukee Brat House

      1013 Old World 3rst St




      Mo’s Irish Pub

      142 W. Wisconsin Ave


      5pm-Midnight Daily

      3pm-Minight Saturday-Sunday

      Red Rock Saloon

      1227 N. Water St




      Trinity Three Irish Pubs

      Downtown Water Street



      Hooligan’s Super Bar

      2017 E North Ave


      4pm-Midnight Tuesday-Friday

      2pm-Midnight Saturday-Sunday

      Jack’s American Pub

      1323 E. Brady St


      1pm-Midnight Monday-Friday

      11am-Midnight Saturday-Sunday

      Stubby’s Gastropub & Beer Bar

      2060 N. Humboldt Blvd Suite 200


      4pm-Midnight Tuesday-Friday

      2pm-Midnight Saturday-Sunday


      1832 E. North Avenue




      The Wisconsin Club

      900 West Wisconsin Avenue




      Caffrey’s Pub/Murphy’s Irish Pub

      717 N 16th St




      Southside Shuttles


      Hours of Operation

      K Ranch

      4840 S. Whitnall Ave


      3pm-Midnight Tuesday-Friday

      12pm-Midnight Saturday-Sunday

      Steny’s Tavern & Grill

      800 S 2nd Street



      O’Conners Perfect Pint

      8423 W. Greenfield Ave




      Paulie’s Pub & Eatery

      8031 W. Greenfield Ave




      Best Western Milwaukee West

      5501 West National Ave



      Spitfires on State

      5018 W. State St




      Dale Z’s

      3585 S Howell Ave




      Fat Daddy’s

      120 W National Avenue


      5pm-Midnight Monday-Friday

      Noon-Midnight Saturday-Sunday

      Frank’s Powerplant

      2600 S Kinnickinnic Avenue




      5614 W Forest Home Ave


      12pm-12am Only Friday-Sunday

      Joe’s K Ranch

      4840 S Whitnall Ave


      3pm-Midnight Monday-Friday

      12pm-Midnight Saturday & Sunday

      King Pins

      4102 S Kinnickinnic





      939 E Conway St


      4pm-Midnight Tuesday-Friday

      12pm-Midnight Saturday& Sunday


      338 S 1st St




      Red Bar

      2245 E St. Francis Ave


      4pm-Midnight Tuesday-Friday

      Gingerz Pub & Grill

      3915 S. Howell Ave


      4pm-Midnight Monday-Friday

      12pm-Midnight Saturday & Sunday

      Tonic Taverin

      2335 S Kinnickinnic





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    Amtrak Hiawatha Service

    Coming to Summerfest from the Chicago area or Racine/Kenosha? Jam without traffic and take the train! Amtrak Hiawatha Service offers easy access to Summerfest from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. You can catch the train to the fest from Chicago Union Station, Glenview, and Sturtevant (Racine/Kenosha). Visit for more details, to purchase tickets, and to take advantage of Amtrak’s buy-one-get-one half off ticket offer

    Consult the Amtrak website for the full Hiawatha schedule, including return travel.

  • The Hop Streetcar

    The new streetcar provides an easy, fun and free option for traveling from numerous downtown destinations to Summerfest. Whether arriving in Milwaukee at the Intermodal station or heading down from East Town or the Lower East side, ride The Hop to either Historic Third Ward platform. From there it’s just a 10-minute walk via N. Broadway and E. Chicago St. to the festival’s Mid Gate. 

    Visit to learn more about Milwaukee’s new streetcar, including route maps, system schedules and real-time arrival information.

  • Bublr Bikes

    The City of Milwaukee’s bike share system. Currently the system has over 30 stations and conveniently serves the Summerfest grounds. Users can check out a bike from any station and check it back in at any other station. For information on station locations and how to borrow a bike, visit