There are 9 ways to get from Madison to Bloomington by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Terminal 5 O'Hare Airport to Watterson Towers Southbound

$61 - $74

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Bus, night bus  •  7h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Madison Amtrak Bus Stop to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the night bus from Chicago, Il to Bloomington Pilot Sta 4821

$22 - $31

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Bus, train  •  7h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago Union Station To Downtown/Midway / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Uptown Station Lincoln Service / ...

$64 - $79

Bus, train via Milwaukee  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the bus from UW Madison Langdon St to Milwaukee Intermodal 111
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Uptown Station

$65 - $100

Drive  •  3h 20m

  1. Drive from Madison to Bloomington 201.6 miles

$19 - $29

Fly Madison to Bloomington  •  6h

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Bloomington (BMI) MSN - BMI

$135 - $705

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Bloomington  •  6h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago - OHare Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Bloomington (BMI) ORD - BMI

$145 - $685

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Champaign, bus  •  7h 6m

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

$171 - $685

Fly Madison to Chicago O'Hare, train  •  7h

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MSN - ORD
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Bloomington-Normal Uptown Station

$91 - $374

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The cheapest way to get from Madison to Bloomington is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Madison to Bloomington is to drive which costs $19 - $29 and takes 3h 20m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to Bloomington. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park and arriving at Watterson Towers via Terminal 5 O'Hare Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 10m.

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The distance between Madison and Bloomington is 181 miles. The road distance is 201.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Madison to Bloomington without a car is to bus which takes 6h 10m and costs $60 - $75.

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It takes approximately 6h 10m to get from Madison to Bloomington, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Madison to Bloomington is to bus which takes 6h 10m and costs $60 - $75. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $130 - $750 and takes 6h.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Bloomington Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 53m and has one stopover.

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Madison to Bloomington bus services, operated by Peoria Charter Coach Company, arrive at Watterson Towers station.

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Map of how to get from Madison to Bloomington.
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  • Distance: 181.2 miles
  • Duration: 6h 10m

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

You can take a bus from Madison to Bloomington via Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport and Terminal 5 O'Hare Airport in around 6h 10m. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from Madison to Bloomington every 3 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Bloomington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Bloomington
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $650
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Madison to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $370
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Bloomington via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
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 Bloomington-Normal Uptown Station
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Seat
$45 - $65
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
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
3h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago - OHare Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Terminal 5 O'Hare Airport to Watterson Towers
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
peoriacharter.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
$16 - $24
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.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 - $30
Website
amtrak.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.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
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Madison to Milwaukee, WI
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Schedules at
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Madison Amtrak Bus Stop to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Website
amtrak.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
Night bus from Chicago, Il to Bloomington Pilot Sta
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $29
Flexible
$40 - $60
Burlington Trailways
Phone
1(800) 992-4618
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Champaign, IL to Bloomington/Normal, IL
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Bloomington is 202 miles. It takes approximately 3h 20m to drive from Madison to Bloomington.

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

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There are 33+ hotels available in Bloomington. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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