Transportation and Directions

Security policies - Summerfest encourages guests to leave their bags at home to cut down on waiting at the gate for security. Visitors will enter the festival through metal detection and should be prepared to comply with security requirements. All bags are subject to inspection prior to entering. NO BACKPACKS or bags larger than 9x10x12 will be allowed on the grounds. Read the full security policies in our FAQ section

As part of Milwaukee construction projects, the following impacts will be in place during Summerfest. Please plan ahead of time to re-route around these areas.

  • East Clybourn Street, is down to two lanes of traffic westbound from the lakefront to Water St.
  • The Michigan Street bridge will be closed to all eastbound/westbound vehicular and pedestrian traffic during construction.
  • 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. You are encouraged to purchase a MCTS•CARD in advance. 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 East 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 WisconsinCoach.com 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 WisconsinCoach.com for route and fare information.

    • Ozaukee County Express  

      The Milwaukee County Transit System operates service from Ozaukee County straight to Summerfest.

      • Buses pick up at the Target/Home Depot (Hwy 60) in Grafton.
      • Service runs every 15 to 30 minutes depending on the time and day.
      • Round-trip fare is $7 cash, $6 Pre-Fare Digital Ticket or $5 M•CARD. Riders with a 1-, 7- or 31-Day Pass on an M•CARD add $2.50 (cash or stored value). Valid M•CARD Transfer add $2.50 (cash or stored value).
      • Exact fare is required. Operators cannot make change.
      • Children under age 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult. Children, Seniors and Disabled persons may be eligible for reduced fare.
      • Visit RideMCTS.com for more 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 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 a.m. from Washington County Fair Park; and 11:30 a.m. 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 drop-off and pick-up location at Summerfest is the North Gate.
      • 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 5 times a day during the festival.

      • Return schedule from Summerfest will operate four (4) times each day. Please check the online schedule at badgerbus.com 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 BadgerBus.com/Summerfest for a special online round trip fare from Madison to Summerfest of only $25.
      • Email info@badgerbus.com for more information.

  • TRAIN SERVICE TO MILWAUKEE

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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 Amtrak.com/summerfest 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 www.thehopmke.com 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 bublrbikes.com.