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

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Bus Megabus  •  6 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from South Bend, IN to Chicago, IL Columbus / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park

$32 - $61

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Train, bus  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal Station
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI to Madison - Langdon & N Park

$56 - $103

Train, Amtrak Thruway  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Capitol Limited / ...
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Chicago, IL to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin 8960

Bus via Milwaukee, WI - Airport  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Notre Dame to Chicago O'Hare T5
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Airport
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - General Mitchell International Airport to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison

$71 - $100

Drive  •  4 h 13 min

  1. Drive from South Bend to Madison 242.3 miles

$23 - $35

Fly from South Bend  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Madison (MSN) SBN - MSN

$235 - $1,219

Train to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Madison (MSN) ORD - MSN

$215 - $583

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The cheapest way to get from South Bend to Madison is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 4 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from South Bend to Madison is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 4 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from South Bend to Madison. However, there are services departing from South Bend, IN and arriving at Madison - Langdon & N Park via Chicago. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 32 min.

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The distance between South Bend and Madison is 188 miles. The road distance is 242.3 miles.

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The best way to get from South Bend to Madison without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 32 min and costs $30 - $65.

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It takes approximately 6 h 32 min to get from South Bend to Madison, including transfers.

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South Bend to Madison bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, depart from South Bend, IN station.

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The best way to get from South Bend to Madison is to bus which takes 6 h 32 min and costs $30 - $65. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $230 - $1,300 and takes 5 h 30 min.

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There is no direct flight from South Bend Airport to Madison Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 57 min and has one stopover.

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South Bend to Madison bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Madison - Langdon & N Park station.

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Map of how to get from South Bend to Madison.
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  • Distance: 188.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 32 min

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

You can take a bus from South Bend to Madison via Chicago, IL and Chicago in around 6 h 32 min. Alternatively, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines fly from South Bend to Madison hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from South Bend to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from South Bend to Madison via Newark
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from South Bend to Madison via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from South Bend to Madison via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
Flights from South Bend to Madison via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from South Bend to Madison via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Madison
Ave. Duration
54 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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$19 - $24
Business Seat
$44
Bedroom
$180 - $210
Train from Chicago Union Station to Milwaukee Intermodal 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
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $28
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Madison - Langdon & N Park
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Book at
megabus.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Coach USA
Phone
201-225-7500
Website
coachusa.com
Bus from Notre Dame to Chicago O'Hare T5
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Schedules at
coachusa.com
Book at
tickets.airportsupersaver.com
Bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Schedules at
web.coachusa.com
Book at
coachusaairportexpress.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI - General Mitchell International Airport to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com

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Madison is 1 h behind South Bend. It is currently 8:42 PM in South Bend and 7:42 PM in Madison.

Yes, the driving distance between South Bend to Madison is 242 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 13 min to drive from South Bend to Madison.

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

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There are 82+ hotels available in Madison. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from South Bend to South Bend Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs $10 - $15.

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