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There are 5 ways to get from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus, train  •  7 h 30 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 Champaign-Urbana Amtrak

$68 - $154

Cheapest option

Bus  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Terminal 5, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport to Champaign, IL, Altgeld Hall Chicago Area to Champaing SOUTH

$58 - $105

3 alternative options

Drive  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 253 miles

$24 - $40

Fly from Madison  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Champaign (CMI) MSN - CMI

$184 - $879

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  4 h 57 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 Champaign (CMI) ORD - CMI

$160 - $485

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The cheapest way to get from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is to drive which costs $24 - $40 and takes 4 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. However, there are services departing from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park and arriving at Champaign, IL, Altgeld Hall via Terminal 5, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 41 min.

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The distance between Madison and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is 215 miles. The road distance is 253 miles.

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The best way to get from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign without a car is to bus and train which takes 7 h 30 min and costs $65 - $160.

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It takes approximately 7 h 30 min to get from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, including transfers.

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Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign bus services, operated by Vangalder Bus, depart from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park station.

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The best way to get from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is to bus which takes 7 h 41 min and costs $55 - $110. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $180 - $900 and takes 5 h 12 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Champaign Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 52 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign bus services, operated by Peoria Charter Coach Company, arrive at Champaign, IL, Altgeld Hall station.

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Map of how to get from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
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  • Distance: 214.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 30 min

What companies run services between Madison, WI, USA and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, IL, USA?

You can take a bus from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign via Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport, Terminal 5, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport, and Champaign, IL, Altgeld Hall in around 7 h 41 min. Alternatively, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Champaign via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Champaign
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
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 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
Bus operators
Megabus
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
3 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
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Peoria Charter Coach Company
Website
peoriacharter.com
Bus from Terminal 5, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport to Champaign, IL, Altgeld Hall
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $33
Schedules at
peoriacharter.com
Express Air Coach
Website
expressaircoach.com
Bus from Chicago O'Hare T5 to Champaign Urbana, Altgeld Hall
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Schedules at
expressaircoach.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is 253 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 10 min to drive from Madison to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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

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