How to Get to Madison


Dane County Regional Airport (map), is located northeast of downtown Madison, 15 minutes to the Capitol and the University by car or taxi. There are daily flights to nearby hubs including Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Denver. Nonstop service is also offered to cities that include Cincinnati, Newark, New York City, and Washington DC.

4000 International Lane
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
(608) 246-3380


From Chicago the VanGalder Bus can take you from Downtown Union Station, O'Hare, or Midway Airports to Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. Tickets are $27 for a one way trip and they can be bought from the bus drivers for exact change, or with credit cards, check or cash at the Memorial Union Travel Center. Fares as of 11/17/2010 are $29/$58 to Chicago O'Hare, and $31/$62 to Chicago Midway. For more information, call (608) 752-5407.

From Milwaukee the Badger Bus runs multiple trips per day between Madison and Milwaukee. It has multiple stops, including downtown in both cities; makes stops at Mitchell Int'l. Airport in Milwaukee. Will also stop at Johnson Creek on demand (tickets must be purchased in advance online). For more information, call (608) 255-1511. 

Megabus is a low-cost bus company that offers service to Madison from Chicago (several times daily) and Minneapolis (four times daily). Fares can be as little as $1 each way if ordered far enough in advance. Megabus serves two stops in Madison, one at the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin campus, and another at the bus shelter at the Dutch Mill Park & Ride, located on the northeast side of the US Route 12/18 and US Route 51 intersection. The stop at the Memorial Union is more centrally located, and a much better stop to get off at if you'll be staying in central Madison without a car.

Greyhound offers service from Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago.

Take a Train

Via Columbus WI, Amtrak travels east to Milwaukee and Chicago and west to Minneapolis on the Empire Builder route. Columbus is a 30 minute drive north of Madison. 

Columbus Amtrak
359 North Ludington Street
Columbus, WI 53925


I-39/I-90/I-94 runs along the eastern edge of Madison. It takes just over an hour to get to Milwaukee on I-94. It's a two-hour and fifteen minute drive to Chicago O'Hare Airport on I-90. Downtown Chicago is 30-45 minutes further, depending on traffic. Four hours on the combined I-90/I-94 will take you to Minneapolis/Saint Paul..