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

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Bus Megabus  •  8 h 1 min

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

$50 - $62

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Bus Hoosier Ride  •  8 h 19 min

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

$65 - $85

Bus, train  •  9 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Indianapolis Amtrak Hoosier State / ...

$70 - $130

Bus, train via Milwaukee  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison to Milwaukee 965
  2. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Indianapolis Amtrak

$89 - $190

Drive  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Indianapolis 329.2 miles

$30 - $50

Fly from Madison  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Indianapolis (IND) MSN - IND

$166 - $706

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5 h 55 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 Indianapolis (IND) ORD - IND

$97 - $242

Bus to Milwaukee, fly  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison to Milwaukee
  2. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Indianapolis (IND) MKE - IND

$145 - $417

Bus to Chicago Midway, fly  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Midway International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago Midway (MDW) to Indianapolis (IND) MDW - IND

$112 - $292

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The cheapest way to get from Madison to Indianapolis is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madison to Indianapolis is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to Indianapolis. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St and arriving at Delaware St & Market St Indianapolis via Clinton & Jackson and Chicago. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 1 min.

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The distance between Madison and Indianapolis is 285 miles. The road distance is 329.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Madison to Indianapolis without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 1 min and costs $50 - $65.

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It takes approximately 8 h 1 min to get from Madison to Indianapolis, including transfers.

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Madison to Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis is to bus which takes 8 h 1 min and costs $50 - $65. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $160 - $750 and takes 5 h 50 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Indianapolis Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 49 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to Indianapolis bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Delaware St & Market St Indianapolis station.

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Map of how to get from Madison to Indianapolis.
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  • Distance: 285.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 1 min

What companies run services between Madison, WI, USA and Indianapolis, IN, USA?

You can take a bus from Madison to Indianapolis via Chicago, IL - Amtrak, Clinton & Jackson, Clinton & Polk, and Chicago in around 8 h 1 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Madison to Indianapolis hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Newark
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Indianapolis via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Chicago Midway to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Indianapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Madison to Indianapolis via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Indianapolis Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
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 15 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
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Midway International Airport
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Megabus
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
Book 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

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Indianapolis is 1 h ahead of Madison. It is currently 5:55 AM in Madison and 6:55 AM in Indianapolis.

Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Indianapolis is 329 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 34 min to drive from Madison to Indianapolis.

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

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