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

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Bus Megabus  •  6h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Madison - Langdon & N Park to Chicago
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Champaign, Il 1351 / ...

$37 - $73

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Bus Vangalder Bus, train  •  7h

  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 Station Illini / ...

$60 - $105

Bus, train via Milwaukee Intermodal Station  •  7h 9m

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

$65 - $129

Bus Peoria Charter Coach Company  •  7h 40m

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

$58 - $63

Drive  •  4h 7m

  1. Drive from Madison to Champaign 251.5 miles

$24 - $40

Fly from Madison  •  5h 9m

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

$183 - $877

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5h

  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 4h 7m.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to Champaign. However, there are services departing from Madison - Langdon & N Park and arriving at Champaign, Il via Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 57m.

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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 6h 57m and costs $35 - $75.

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It takes approximately 6h 57m to get from Madison to Champaign, including transfers.

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Madison to Champaign bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Madison - Langdon & N Park station.

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The best way to get from Madison to Champaign is to bus which takes 6h 57m and costs $35 - $75. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $180 - $900 and takes 5h 9m.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Champaign Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 49m 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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Map of how to get from Madison to Champaign.
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  • Distance: 214.1 miles
  • Duration: 6h 57m

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

You can take a bus from Madison to Champaign via Chicago and Chicago, Il in around 6h 57m. 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
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
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 Champaign-Urbana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
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
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Bus operators
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Madison - Langdon & N Park to Chicago
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $28
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megabus.com
Bus from Madison - Langdon & N Park to Milwaukee, WI
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Book at
megabus.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
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$30 - $45
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
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
2h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Thruway
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from UW Madison Langdon St to Milwaukee Intermodal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
amtrak.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from UW Madison Langdon St to Milwaukee Intermodal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Terminal 2, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport to Champaign - Illinois Terminal
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $33
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Champaign is 252 miles. It takes approximately 4h 7m 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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There are 40+ hotels available in Champaign. Prices start at $49 USD per night.

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