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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 Badger Bus  •  9h 47m

  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

Cheapest option

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  9h 47m

  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

$65 - $88

4 alternative options

Drive  •  4h 53m

  1. Drive from Iowa State University to Madison 280.5 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Des Moines to Madison  •  6h 41m

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

$232 - $1,042

Bus to Minneapolis, fly to Madison  •  7h 6m

  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

Fly Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare, bus  •  7h 57m

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DSM - ORD
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee Intermodal to UW Madison Langdon St

$218 - $802

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

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

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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 - Chazen UW Madison via MOA Transit Station & Gate B and Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 47m.

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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 9h 47m and costs $100 - $150.

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It takes approximately 9h 47m to get from Iowa State University to Madison, including transfers.

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Iowa State University to Madison bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, 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 9h 47m and costs $100 - $150. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $230 - $1,100 and takes 6h 41m.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Madison Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 22m and has one stopover.

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Iowa State University to Madison bus services, operated by Badger Bus, arrive at Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison 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: 9h 47m

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, Mall of America - Bloomington, MN, MOA Transit Station & Gate B, American Blvd & Marriott Hotel, and Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America in around 9h 47m. Alternatively, United Airlines, American 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
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Minneapolis to Madison
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $480
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6h 11m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Madison via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6h 51m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Bus operators
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
3h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
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
5h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
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
Book at
badgerbus.com
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Coach USA
Phone
201-225-7500
Website
coachusa.com
Bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
web.coachusa.com
Book at
coachusaairportexpress.com
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.

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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

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

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Des Moines 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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