There are 8 ways to get from Champaign to Madison by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus via Milwaukee  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Champaign, Il to Chicago, Il
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison 966

$54 - $114

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Champaign - Illinois Terminal to Union Station, Jackson & Canal Champaign to Chicago Area NORTH
  2. Take the bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park

$46 - $62

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Train, bus  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison 966

$81 - $169

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  8 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Illini / ...
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Chicago, IL to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin 8960

Drive  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Champaign to Madison 252.1 miles

$24 - $40

Fly from Champaign, bus  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Champaign (CMI) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CMI - ORD
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison

$170 - $522

Train, fly to Madison, line 02 bus  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Homewood Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Homewood to Van Buren St.
  3. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Madison (MSN) ORD - MSN
  4. Take the line 02 bus from North Transfer Point to University & N Lake

$233 - $633

Bus to Decatur, fly, bus  •  7 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Champaign, Il to Decatur, Il
  2. Fly from Decatur (DEC) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DEC - ORD
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison

$120 - $181

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The cheapest way to get from Champaign to Madison is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Champaign to Madison is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Champaign to Madison. However, there are services departing from Champaign, Il and arriving at Madison via Chicago, Il and Milwaukee. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 48 min.

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The distance between Champaign and Madison is 214 miles. The road distance is 252.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Champaign to Madison without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 48 min and costs $50 - $120.

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It takes approximately 6 h 48 min to get from Champaign to Madison, including transfers.

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Champaign to Madison bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Champaign, Il station.

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The quickest flight from Champaign Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 58 min.

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Champaign to Madison bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Madison station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Champaign to Madison is 252 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 8 min to drive from Champaign to Madison.

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Map of how to get from Champaign to Madison.
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  • Distance: 214.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 48 min

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

You can take a bus from Champaign to Madison via Chicago, Il, Milwaukee, Wi, and Milwaukee in around 6 h 48 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Champaign to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Champaign to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Decatur to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $230
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
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
Train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to Homewood Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Homewood to Van Buren St.
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Champaign, Il to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Chicago, Il to Milwaukee, Wi
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from Champaign, Il to Decatur, Il
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $24
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Champaign - Illinois Terminal to Union Station, Jackson & Canal
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $31
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Coach USA
Metro Transit-City of Madison
Website
cityofmadison.com
Bus from North Transfer Point to University & N Lake
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
cityofmadison.com

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

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There are 83+ hotels available in Madison. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Champaign to Champaign Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs $18 - $23.

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