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

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Bus Badger Bus  •  9 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison to Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America College Connection
  2. Take the bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Ames, IA 201

$101 - $143

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Bus Burlington Trailways  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA 122
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Ames, IA 1485

$52 - $88

4 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Iowa State University 280.5 miles

$27 - $40

Fly Madison to Des Moines  •  7 h 5 min

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

$202 - $892

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Des Moines  •  6 h 46 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 Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM

$218 - $768

Fly Madison to Waterloo, bus  •  11 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Waterloo (ALO) MSN - ALO
  2. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$253 - $1,178

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to Iowa State University. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison and arriving at Ames, IA via American Blvd & Ikea Entrance and Mall of America - Bloomington, MN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 41 min.

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

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The best way to get from Madison to Iowa State University without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 41 min and costs $100 - $150.

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It takes approximately 9 h 41 min to get from Madison to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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Madison to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Badger Bus, depart from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison station.

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The best way to get from Madison to Iowa State University is to bus which takes 9 h 41 min and costs $100 - $150. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $900 and takes 7 h 5 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 23 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Madison to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 229.3 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 41 min

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

You can take a bus from Madison to Iowa State University via Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America, American Blvd & Ikea Entrance, MOA Transit Station & Gate B, Mall of America - Bloomington, MN, and Ames, IA in around 9 h 41 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Madison to Iowa State University hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Madison to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Bus operators
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison to Minneapolis, MN - Mall of America
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Dubuque, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Iowa State University is 280 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to drive from Madison to Iowa State University.

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

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There are 26+ hotels available in Iowa State University. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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