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There are 4 ways to get from Chicago to Madison by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park

$17 - $28

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  3h 46m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Hiawatha Service
  2. Take the bus from Milwaukee Intermodal to UW Madison Langdon St Daily Route

$37 - $88

Drive  •  2h 36m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Madison 148.6 miles

$14 - $21

Fly, line 02 bus  •  3h 46m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Madison (MSN) ORD - MSN
  2. Take the line 02 bus from North Transfer Point to University & N Frances

$196 - $559

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Madison is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Madison is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2h 36m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago and arriving at Madison - Langdon & N Park. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 20m.

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The distance between Chicago and Madison is 123 miles. The road distance is 148.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Madison without a car is to bus which takes 3h 20m and costs $17 - $28.

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The bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park takes 3h 20m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Chicago to Madison bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Chicago station.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Madison Airport is the direct flight which takes 53m.

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Chicago to Madison bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Madison - Langdon & N Park station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Madison is 149 miles. It takes approximately 2h 36m to drive from Chicago to Madison.

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  • Distance: 123.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 20m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Madison, WI, USA?

Megabus operates a bus from Chicago to Madison 4 times a day. Tickets cost $17 - $28 and the journey takes 3h 20m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $28
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Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Madison - Langdon & N Park
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $19
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Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Milwaukee Intermodal to UW Madison Langdon St
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
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Amtrak Thruway

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Milwaukee Intermodal to UW Madison Langdon St
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
amtrak.com
Metro Transit-City of Madison
Website
cityofmadison.com
Bus from North Transfer Point to University & N Frances
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
cityofmadison.com

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Madison Airport.

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There are 86+ hotels available in Madison. Prices start at $68 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs $2 - $5.

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