Milwaukee Commute


Easy & Accessible

Milwaukee is an easy city to get around. The metro area boasts one of the best commute times in the country – 22 minutes each way – meaning that residents don’t spend their days driving to and from work. That will become important as offices return to normal. Parking is seldom a problem, which reduces the stress of running errands. And if you don’t feel like driving, the city is known for its walkable neighborhoods. You can also jump on The Hop, the city’s electric streetcar.

Traffic Patterns

Milwaukee enjoys one of the shortest commute times of any urban area, but it is not immune to traffic congestion. Peak rush hour times are between 7 and 8:30 a.m. for traffic headed into the city and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for traffic leaving downtown. While traffic usually maintains an even flow, there are several congestion points:

  • The Marquette Interchange (I-94 and I-43 downtown)
  • The Stadium Interchange (U.S. 41 and I-94, five miles west of downtown)
  • The Zoo Interchange (I-894 and I-94, eight miles west of downtown)
  • The Hale Interchange (I-894 and I-43, eleven miles southwest of downtown)
  • The Layton Interchange (I-894 and I-94, five miles south of downtown) 

Keeping these congestion points in mind during peak traffic times will make the search for your new home as stress-free as possible.