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There are 6 ways to get from Iowa State University to Madison by bus, car or plane

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Bus Burlington Trailways  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Dubuque, IA 1486
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin 121

$66 - $93

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Bus  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Dubuque, IA 1485
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin 121

$52 - $94

4 alternative options

Bus Badger Bus  •  9 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Mall of America - Bloomington, MN 202
  2. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison College Connection

$100 - $142

Drive  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Iowa State University to Madison 280.5 miles

$27 - $40

Fly from Des Moines  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Madison (MSN) DSM - MSN

$223 - $1,044

Bus to Minneapolis, fly  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN
  2. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Madison (MSN) MSP - MSN

$158 - $414

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The cheapest way to get from Iowa State University to Madison is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa State University to Madison is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Iowa State University to Madison. However, there are services departing from Ames, IA and arriving at Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin via Dubuque, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 32 min.

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The distance between Iowa State University and Madison is 229 miles. The road distance is 280.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa State University to Madison without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 32 min and costs $65 - $95.

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It takes approximately 9 h 32 min to get from Iowa State University to Madison, including transfers.

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Iowa State University to Madison bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Ames, IA station.

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The best way to get from Iowa State University to Madison is to bus which takes 9 h 32 min and costs $65 - $95. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $220 - $1,100 and takes 6 h 42 min.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Madison Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 21 min and has one stopover.

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Iowa State University to Madison bus services, operated by Lamers Bus Lines, arrive at Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin station.

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Map of how to get from Iowa State University to Madison.
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  • Distance: 229.3 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 32 min

What companies run services between Iowa State University, IA, USA and Madison, WI, USA?

You can take a bus from Iowa State University to Madison via Ames, IA and Dubuque, IA in around 9 h 32 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Iowa State University to Madison hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Minneapolis to Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Bus operators
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Iowa State University to Madison is 281 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to drive from Iowa State University to Madison.

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Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Madison Airport.

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There are 82+ hotels available in Madison. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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