Eau Claire travel guide

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You're Going to Love Eau Claire

With a population of 65,883, Eau Claire is a must-see destination in Wisconsin, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Eau Claire has to offer.

Where to Eat in Eau Claire

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Informalist (205 S. Barstow St) and Mona Lisa Restaurant (428 Water St) are great picks.

When to visit Eau Claire

Eau Claire in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Eau Claire in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Eau Claire in July, when the average temperature is 71.6 °F, and the highest can go up to 82.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 5 °F, with an average temperature of 14 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in August, when precipitation is around 4.5″. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Eau Claire, with an average rainfall of 0.8″.

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How to Get to Eau Claire


When flying to Eau Claire, you’ll arrive at Eau Claire (EAU), which is located 4 miles from the city center. The shortest domestic flight to Eau Claire departs from Pittsburgh and takes around 4h 22m.


Another option to get to Eau Claire is to pick up a car rental from Minneapolis, which is about 87 miles from Eau Claire. You’ll find branches of Ace and Turo, among others, in Minneapolis.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Eau Claire, including Sun Country Air, Greyhound and FlixBus. From Minneapolis, the bus ride to Eau Claire takes 100 miles and will cost you around $46. From Milwaukee, the ticket costs about $78 for a journey of 260 miles. The most popular bus station is Eau Claire Greyhound Bus Station, located 5 miles from downtown Eau Claire. Eau Claire Clairemont and University Dr. is also a commonly used station, and is 1.4 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Eau Claire

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Brussels Airlines
Good (131 reviews)
Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
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Spirit Airlines
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Where to stay in Eau Claire

Where to stay in popular areas of Eau Claire

Most booked hotels in Eau Claire

Home2 Suites by Hilton Eau Claire South
Excellent (8.9, 184 reviews)
The Lismore Hotel Eau Claire - a DoubleTree by Hilton
Excellent (8.9, 126 reviews)
The Oxbow Hotel
Excellent (8.8, 153 reviews)
Staybridge Suites Eau Claire - Altoona
Excellent (8.8, 145 reviews)
Hampton Inn Eau Claire
Excellent (8.6, 583 reviews)
GrandStay Residential Suites Eau Claire
Excellent (8.2, 471 reviews)
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Renting a car in Eau Claire

Renting a car in Eau Claire costs $59 per day, on average, or $119 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 1% cheaper than airport locations in Eau Claire.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Eau Claire (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Eau Claire is Intermediate (Mazda CX-5 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard rental cars (Chevrolet Silverado or similar) are, on average, 58% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.