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).
From Milwaukee (1½ hours): From the East via Interstate 94
From Dubuque (1¾ hour): From the Southwest via Highways 18 and 151
From Chicago (2½ hours): From the Southeast via Interstate 90
From Green Bay (2½ hours): From the Northeast via Highway 151
From Minneapolis (4½ hours): From the North via Interstate 90/94