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

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

Recommended option

Fly from Madison  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Columbia (COU) MSN - COU

$269 - $1,249

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  12 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo
  3. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Columbia, Mo

$115 - $203

5 alternative options

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5 h 22 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 Columbia (COU) ORD - COU

$205 - $415

Bus, train via Champaign-Urbana Amtrak  •  13 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison to Milwaukee 965
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from Champaign, Il to St Louis, Mo
  5. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Columbia, Mo

$147 - $270

Bus, train  •  14 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison to Milwaukee 965
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from St. Louis Airport to Columbia, MO

$195 - $284

Bus via Cedar Rapids  •  20 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA 122
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Cedar Rapids
  3. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
  4. Take the bus from St. Louis Airport to Columbia, MO

$204 - $274

Drive  •  7 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Columbia 478.3 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madison to Columbia is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 7 h 53 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Madison to Columbia is to bus and fly which costs $200 - $420 and takes 5 h 22 min.

More details

The distance between Madison and Columbia is 325 miles. The road distance is 478.3 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 5 h 32 min to get from Madison to Columbia, including transfers.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Madison to Columbia. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin and arriving at Columbia, MO via Dubuque, IA, Cedar Rapids, Lambert Busport and St. Louis Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 7 min.

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Map of how to get from Madison to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 325 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 32 min

What companies run services between Madison, WI, USA and Columbia, MO, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and Frontier Airlines fly from Madison to Columbia hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madison to Columbia via Chicago, IL - Amtrak, Clinton & Jackson, Harrison & Morgan, Chicago, Il, St Louis, Mo, and Columbia, Mo in around 12 h 20 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
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 Chicago Union Station Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
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
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Greyhound USA
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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 St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Columbia, Mo
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Champaign, Il to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $55
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Madison to Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison to Milwaukee, WI
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com
Mo-X
Website
moexpress.com
Bus from St. Louis Airport to Columbia, MO
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$94
Schedules at
moexpress.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 Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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