Travel

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By Plane

Flying into Madison: The Dane County Regional Airport (airport code MSN) is located on the far northeast corner of Madison. Taxis can take you to town or there are car rentals available. Major airlines serving Madison include: Midwest Express, Continental, Delta, United, American, and Northwest.  The driving distance from the airport to downtown is about 15 minutes.

Flying into Milwaukee: General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee is the next closest airport, about 1.5 hours driving distance. Bus service from MKE to Memorial Union in Madison is available from The Badger Coaches (608-255-6771) with several daily for $23.00 one way or $46.00 round trip. Travel time is ~2 hours.

Flying into Chicago O’Hare: Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD) is the regions largest international airport. It is about 2.5 hours driving distance from Madison (depending on traffic). The highway between ORD and Madison is a toll road with cash required. Convenient bus service between Chicago and Madison is available from the Van Galder Bus Company (800-747-0994) with 12 trips daily for $30 one way and $60 round trip (travel time is ~ 3 hours).

Flying into Chicago Midway Airport: Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) serves only domestic flights and is about 3 hours driving distance from Madison. Convenient bus service is available from the Van Galder Bus Company (800-747-0994) with several daily trips for $30 one way and $60 round trip (travel time is ~ 4 hours).

By Car

From Milwaukee (1½ hours): From the East via Interstate 94
As you approach the city, follow Highway 30 into Madison. Take the “State Capitol” exit off of Highway 30 and you will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Dubuque (1¾ hour): From the Southwest via Highways 18 and 151
Take the appropriate exit to Highway 151 going north toward the State Capitol. In Madison, Highway 151 will become South Park Street. Follow Park Street to its conclusion to reach UW-Madison. Or, from Park, take a right onto Johnson Street to reach the State Street/Capitol Square area.

From Chicago (2½ hours): From the Southeast via Interstate 90
Take the Hwy 12/18 (Beltline) exit to Madison. If you are going to the Alliant Energy Center or Monona Terrace, exit at John Nolen Drive. If you are going to UW-Madison, exit at Park Street and follow north.

From Green Bay (2½ hours): From the Northeast via Highway 151
Follow Highway 151 toward the State Capitol. You will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

From Minneapolis (4½ hours): From the North via Interstate 90/94
Take I-90/94 to the Highway 151 exit (Southwest) going toward the State Capitol. You will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

HELPFUL LINKS

MADISON VISITOR’S GUIDE

THINGS TO DO/EVENTS IN MADISON

BEST OF MADISON 2016: FOOD & DRINK

 

MAPS

Madison Visitor Map

Madison City Road Map (PDF)

City of Madison Parking Garages & Lots

City of Madison Parking Map