There are 7 ways to get from Madison to Champaign by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus via Chicago, IL - Amtrak  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Champaign, Il 1351 / ...

$51 - $78

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Bus Vangalder Bus, train  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak Illini / ...

$60 - $105

Bus, train via Milwaukee  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison to Milwaukee 965
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak

$79 - $165

Bus Peoria Charter Coach Company  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Terminal 5, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport to Champaign - Illinois Terminal Chicago Area to Champaing SOUTH

$58 - $63

Drive  •  4 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Champaign 251.5 miles

$24 - $40

Fly from Madison  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Champaign (CMI) MSN - CMI

$183 - $877

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Champaign (CMI) ORD - CMI

$159 - $483

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The cheapest way to get from Madison to Champaign is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madison to Champaign is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to Champaign. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St and arriving at Champaign, Il via Clinton & Jackson and Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 10 min.

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The distance between Madison and Champaign is 214 miles. The road distance is 251.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Madison to Champaign without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 10 min and costs $50 - $80.

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It takes approximately 6 h 10 min to get from Madison to Champaign, including transfers.

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Madison to Champaign bus services, operated by Vangalder Bus, depart from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St station.

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The best way to get from Madison to Champaign is to bus which takes 6 h 10 min and costs $50 - $80. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $180 - $900 and takes 4 h 54 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Champaign Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 46 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to Champaign bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Champaign, Il station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Champaign is 252 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 7 min to drive from Madison to Champaign.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Madison Airport to Champaign Airport.

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Map of how to get from Madison to Champaign.
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  • Distance: 214.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 10 min

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

You can take a bus from Madison to Champaign via Chicago, IL - Amtrak, Clinton & Jackson, Harrison & Morgan, and Chicago, Il in around 6 h 10 min. Alternatively, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Madison to Champaign every 2 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Champaign via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Champaign via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
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 Chicago Union Station to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 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 Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union 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
Bus operators
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
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 Chicago, Il to Champaign, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$30 - $45
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Madison to Milwaukee
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 Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison to Milwaukee, WI
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 Terminal 5, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport to Champaign - Illinois Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $33
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com

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