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There are 5 ways to get from Madison to Wausau by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Stevens Point, WI - UW 112
  2. Take the bus from UW–Stevens Point to Wausau Transit 210 / ...

$38 - $54

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Bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Portage, WI - Amtrak 112
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Portage, WI – Amtrak to Wausau, WI 8145

Drive  •  2 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Wausau 144.2 miles

$14 - $21

Fly from Madison  •  5 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Wausau/Marshfield (CWA) MSN - CWA

$216 - $1,031

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5 h 17 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 Wausau/Marshfield (CWA) ORD - CWA

$192 - $607

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The cheapest way to get from Madison to Wausau is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 27 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madison to Wausau is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 27 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to Wausau. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin and arriving at Wausau Transit via UW–Stevens Point. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 5 min.

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The distance between Madison and Wausau is 132 miles. The road distance is 144.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Madison to Wausau without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 4 h 5 min to get from Madison to Wausau, including transfers.

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Madison to Wausau bus services, operated by Lamers Bus Lines, depart from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin station.

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The best way to get from Madison to Wausau is to bus which takes 4 h 5 min and costs $35 - $55. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $210 - $1,100 and takes 5 h 31 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Wausau/Marshfield Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to Wausau bus services, operated by Lamers Bus Lines, arrive at Wausau Transit station.

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Map of how to get from Madison to Wausau.
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  • Distance: 131.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 5 min

What companies run services between Madison, WI, USA and Wausau, WI, USA?

You can take a bus from Madison to Wausau via UW–Stevens Point in around 4 h 5 min. Alternatively, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from Madison to Wausau hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Wausau/Marshfield via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Wausau/Marshfield via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Wausau/Marshfield via Detroit, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Wausau/Marshfield via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Wausau/Marshfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Wausau/Marshfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Wausau/Marshfield via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Wausau/Marshfield
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Bus operators
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Stevens Point, WI - UW
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from UW–Stevens Point to Wausau Transit
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Portage, WI - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
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
Bus from Stevens Point, WI–Univ. of Wisconsin to Wausau, WI
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Portage, WI – Amtrak to Wausau, WI
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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 Wausau is 144 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 27 min to drive from Madison to Wausau.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Madison Airport to Wausau/Marshfield Airport.

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