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There are 8 ways to get from Madison to East Lansing by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing Amtrak Station Blue Water

$72 - $142

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Bus  •  11 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Lansing 1482

$62 - $87

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Bus, train via Milwaukee Intermodal Station  •  8 h 59 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 East Lansing Amtrak Station

$80 - $191

Drive  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Madison to East Lansing 369.8 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Madison to Lansing  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Lansing (LAN) MSN - LAN

$198 - $1,108

Fly Madison to Detroit, bus  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Detroit (DTW) MSN - DTW
  2. Take the bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott

$147 - $739

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Lansing  •  6 h 4 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 Lansing (LAN) ORD - LAN

$154 - $734

Bus to Milwaukee, fly to Detroit, bus  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison to Milwaukee, WI - General Mitchell International Airport
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Detroit (DTW) MKE - DTW
  3. Take the bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott

$226 - $488

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madison to East Lansing is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madison to East Lansing is to fly and bus which costs $140 - $750 and takes 6 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to East Lansing. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St and arriving at EBD Gr. River past Abbot Rd via Chicago, IL and CATA Trans Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 11 min.

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The distance between Madison and East Lansing is 251 miles. The road distance is 369.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Madison to East Lansing without a car is to bus and train which takes 8 h 50 min and costs $70 - $150.

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It takes approximately 8 h 50 min to get from Madison to East Lansing, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Madison to East Lansing is to bus which takes 11 h 11 min and costs $60 - $90. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $190 - $1,200 and takes 6 h 19 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Lansing Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 56 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to East Lansing bus services, operated by Indian Trails, arrive at Lansing station.

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Map of how to get from Madison to East Lansing.
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  • Distance: 251.4 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 50 min

What companies run services between Madison, WI, USA and East Lansing, MI, USA?

You can take a bus from Madison to East Lansing via Chicago, IL - Amtrak, Chicago, IL, and CATA Trans Center in around 11 h 11 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Madison to East Lansing hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,600
Flights from Milwaukee to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Lansing via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Lansing via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Lansing via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Milwaukee to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Lansing
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Milwaukee to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $900
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 East Lansing Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Room
$200 - $280
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
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
Megabus
Indian Trails
Phone
+1 800-292-3831
Website
indiantrails.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Lansing
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
indiantrails.com
Book at
webstore.indiantrails.com
Michigan Flyer
Website
michiganflyer.com
Bus from DTW McNamara Terminal to East Lansing Marriott
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
michiganflyer.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison to Milwaukee, WI - General Mitchell International Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $24
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com

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More Questions & Answers

East Lansing is 1 h ahead of Madison. It is currently 2:28 PM in Madison and 3:28 PM in East Lansing.

Yes, the driving distance between Madison to East Lansing is 370 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 12 min to drive from Madison to East Lansing.

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

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There are 43+ hotels available in East Lansing. Prices start at $64 USD per night.

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