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Eau Claire is conveniently located 90 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro, has direct access to Interstate 94 and Highways 53 and 93. Additionally, Eau Claire has the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport with daily direct flights to Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD).

Distance to Major Metro Areas

Source: Google Maps, 2018

Miles Est. Travel Time
Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN 93 1 hr 34 min (driving)
Madison, WI 178 2 hrs 48 min (driving)
Green Bay, WI  193 3 hrs (driving)
Milwaukee, WI 285 4 hr 18 min (driving)
Chicago, IL 317 5 hr (driving)  -or-  45 min (flight from EAU)

Air Service

The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport is located in the northeast corner of the city. Key services include:
  • Daily flights to and from Chicago (ORD) via United Airlines
  • Business and medical jet charter service via Heartland Aviation
  • Aircraft tie-down and hanger facilities, and aircraft repair
  • Amenities such as a full service restaurant and rental cars.

Rail Service

Serviced by Union Pacific Railroad.

Freight & Cargo

Eau Claire is a regional hub to a wide variety of express service carriers to accommodate regional,national, and international business shipping.

Intermodal Facility

  • Located 14 miles from Eau Claire via a four lane divided highway
  • Twice weekly train service
  • Fifth morning availability to and from the West Coast
  • 2,500 ft long intermodal loading and unloading track
  • On-site grain transfer facility
  • Serviced by Hanjin Shipping and COSCO Container lines


  • Greyhound and Jefferson lines provide inter-city bus service
  • Eau Claire City Transit operates 22 buses on 13 routes that encompass most of Eau Claire and parts of Altoona,including two university routes, and provides service to major employment centers
  • Limited connections between Eau Claire and Menomonie provided by Dunn County Transit
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