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

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Bus  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak

$16 - $30

4 alternative options

Bus, train  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from UW Madison Langdon St to Milwaukee Intermodal Daily Route
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station Hiawatha Service

$38 - $89

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Chicago 148.5 miles

$14 - $21

Line 04 bus to Madison, fly  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take the line 04 bus from N Lake & University to North Transfer Point
  2. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MSN - ORD

$196 - $559

Bus to Milwaukee, fly  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from UW Madison Langdon St to Milwaukee Mitchell Airport
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MKE - ORD

$135 - $398

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The cheapest way to get from Madison to Chicago is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madison to Chicago is to drive which costs $14 - $21 and takes 2 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St and arriving at Chicago, IL - Amtrak. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 50 min.

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The distance between Madison and Chicago is 123 miles. The road distance is 148.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Madison to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 3 h 50 min and costs $16 - $30.

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The bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak takes 3 h 50 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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The quickest flight from Madison Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Madison to Chicago bus services, operated by Vangalder Bus, arrive at Chicago, IL - Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Chicago is 148 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 35 min to drive from Madison to Chicago.

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  • Distance: 123.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 50 min

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

Vangalder Bus operates a bus from Madison to Chicago hourly. Tickets cost $30 and the journey takes 3 h 50 min. Megabus also services this route 4 times a day.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Milwaukee to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $490
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Milwaukee to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $490
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 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 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Madison - Langdon & N Park to Chicago
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $26
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megabus.com
Bus from Madison - Langdon & N Park to Milwaukee, WI
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Book at
megabus.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
1 h 30 min
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
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Bus from UW Madison Langdon St to Milwaukee Mitchell Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Metro Transit-City of Madison
Website
cityofmadison.com
Bus from N Lake & University to North Transfer Point
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
cityofmadison.com

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Madison Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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