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

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Fly from Madison  •  5 h 42 min

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

$269 - $1,249

Cheapest option

Bus, night bus  •  13 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the night bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo
  3. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Columbia, Mo

$110 - $200

5 alternative options

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5 h 27 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 Greyhound USA  •  14 h 9 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

Bus, train  •  14 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison - Langdon & N Park to Milwaukee, WI
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Louis Gateway Station
  4. Take the bus from St. Louis Airport to Columbia, MO

$187 - $308

Bus via Cedar Rapids,IA  •  20 h 23 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,IA
  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

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

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The quickest way to get from Madison to Columbia is to bus and fly which costs $200 - $420 and takes 5 h 27 min.

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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 23 min.

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

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The best way to get from Madison to Columbia without a car is to bus and night bus which takes 13 h 27 min and costs $110 - $200.

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It takes approximately 5 h 42 min to get from Madison to Columbia, including transfers.

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Madison to Columbia 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 Columbia is to fly which takes 5 h 42 min and costs $260 - $1,300. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $210 and takes 14 h 9 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Columbia Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 18 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to Columbia bus services, operated by Mo-X, arrive at Columbia, MO station.

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Map of how to get from Madison to Columbia.
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  • Distance: 325 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 42 min

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

American Airlines and United 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 14 h 9 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Madison to Columbia via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Columbia
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
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
Train from Chicago Union Station to St. Louis Gateway Station
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 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from Chicago, Il to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Columbia, Mo
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $28
Flexible
$30 - $45
Megabus
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,IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
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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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Columbia is 478 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 53 min to drive from Madison to Columbia.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Madison Airport to Columbia Airport.

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There are 36+ hotels available in Columbia. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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