The cheapest times to fly from DTW to MKE are

  • January 1st to February 4th
  • April 23rd to May 13th
  • August 6th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to December 16th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DTW to MKE is early October. Prices can be as high as $438 for Sunday flights during early to mid July, or as low as $164 for Tuesday flights around early October.


When to Fly to Milwaukee

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Milwaukee, WI (MKE) will usually cost between $167 to $329 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early October with an average ticket price of $208. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid July, with an average price of $358. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $150 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $244 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to MKE flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to MKE route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DTW to MKE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to MKE flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.64, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $71 (26%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $198. Return trip prices are from the MKE to DTW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DTW to MKE can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 24 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from DTW to MKE while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Kalamazoo, MI

  • 129 miles (208 km) away from MKE
  • Usually 35.66% less expensive than MKE
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to AZO flights

Destination alternative #2: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 120 miles (193 km) away from MKE
  • Usually 26.64% less expensive than MKE
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to GRR flights

Destination alternative #3: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL

  • 67 miles (108 km) away from MKE
  • Usually 20.90% less expensive than MKE
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to ORD flights

Destination alternative #4: South Bend International Airport (SBN) in South Bend, IN

  • 118 miles (190 km) away from MKE
  • Usually 20.49% less expensive than MKE
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to SBN flights

Destination alternative #5: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) in Chicago, IL

  • 81 miles (130 km) away from MKE
  • Usually 12.09% less expensive than MKE
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to MDW flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to MKE? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Qantas, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from General Mitchell International Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 237 miles or 381 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to MKE?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to MKE flight is about 1 hour 24 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Milwaukee, WI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 53 available flights from DTW to MKE.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDTW
Origination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeMKE
Destination airport nameGeneral Mitchell International Airport
CityMilwaukee, WI
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DTW to MKE tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 34% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 7% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave MKE heading for DTW about 17 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Milwaukee, WI is about 12 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 20 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 13 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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