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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 35m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

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Train, bus  •  4h 4m

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Hiawatha Service
  2. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service / ...

Drive  •  2h 29m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Madison 148.3 miles

Fly, line 02 bus  •  3h 39m

  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 Lake

Chicago to Madison by bus

The bus journey time between Chicago and Madison is around 3h 38m and covers a distance of around 151 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 2h 50m. Operated by Amtrak, Vangalder Bus, Megabus and others, the Chicago to Madison bus service departs from Chicago Union Station and arrives in Madison Amtrak Bus Stop. Typically 116 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Bus route information

Average bus time:
3h 38m
Fastest bus time:
2h 50m
Bus distance:
151 miles
Buses per week:
116
Cheapest price:
$27
Carbon emissions:
30 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
06:15
Last bus departs at:
23:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Chicago to Madison bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Madison is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Madison is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2h 29m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago Union Station station and arriving at Madison Amtrak Bus Stop. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 35m.

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The distance between Chicago and Madison is 123 miles. The road distance is 148.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Madison without a car is to bus which takes 3h 35m and costs $27 - $35.

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The bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop takes 3h 35m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Chicago to Madison bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Chicago Union Station.

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

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Chicago to Madison bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Madison Amtrak Bus Stop station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Madison is 148 miles. It takes approximately 2h 29m to drive from Chicago to Madison.

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  • Distance: 123.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 35m

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

Amtrak operates a bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop hourly, and the journey takes 3h 35m. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $350
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $410
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
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Seat
$35 - $55
Bus 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
Bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Madison Amtrak Bus Stop
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
5 times a day
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison, WI-Lake St.
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $35
Book at
megabus.com
One way - 1 traveller
$27 - $35
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Chicago to Madison
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Milwaukee Intermodal to Madison, WI-Lake St.
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Metro Transit-City of Madison
Website
cityofmadison.com
Bus from North Transfer Point to University & N Lake
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 15 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 97+ hotels available in Madison. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs $1 - $5.

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