Summerfest 2023 is once again going to be held just on weekends this year. What are the best ways to get to the Summerfest grounds without the worries of parking? Taking a Summerfest shuttle from one of the local bars or hotels is a great option. Our list may not include every shuttle, but we’ve picked some of the best-known from around the city.
Steny’s Summerfest Shuttle
Steny’s is located on the corner of 2nd and National. What’s the cost of their shuttle? Just buy a drink at the bar and you’re all set. Shuttles start at 1 pm and run every hour. After 5 pm, the shuttles will run every 30 minutes. Just be sure to catch that last shuttle that runs about an hour after the Summerfest grounds close. Call Steny’s at (414)672-7139 to confirm.
O’Lydia’s Shuttle from the Third Ward
O’Lydia’s is darn close to the Summerfest grounds but far enough away to allow you to find a parking spot without worry. The bar is located at 338 S. 1st Street. Get to O’Lydia’s for some brews and food before you jump on the shuttle. Their menu includes your standard pub food, but they do it up right.
Paulie’s Pub – Shuttle from West Allis
Paulie’s Pub is a great Summerfest shuttle option if you are coming from the West Allis area. In fact, Paulie’s runs shuttles to so many other events. Grab a shuttle to the Fiserv, to the Panther Arena, or the Brewers game. The bar is a great pre-Summerfest stop for a drink or food. They’re located at 8031 W. Greenfield Avenue, in West Allis.
Looking for a hotel shuttle to Summerfest? We recommend checking with the Iron Horse Hotel. The Iron Horse is on 5th & Florida, in the valley, just west of the Summerfest grounds. Rooms book early during Summerfest weekends, so it’s best to check months ahead.
Pfister Hotel Summerfest Shuttle
The Pfister is a historic luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. If you book a room for a Summerfest weekend, check with the Pfister to see if their Summerfest shuttle is running. It’s a 5-minute drive from the Pfister to the grounds, but why bother with that short trip, only to pay for parking just blocks from your hotel? Also, you never know if you’ll run into one of the bands headlining at Summerfest that same night!
Hilton City Center – Milwaukee
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center is a large hotel on 5th & Wisconsin, in downtown Milwaukee. The hotel is a hub of activity all year round, and during Summerfest, it’s generally booked up. Still, you can grab their shuttle without having to book a room. Call the hotel to confirm the dates and availability before you head on down to the Hilton.