Best Madison Hostel Guide

Whether you’re going for a college visit or for the cheese and beer, there are countless reasons to visit Madison, Wisconsin. “Madtown”, as the locals call it, was named Madison after James Madison in 1836 and became the capital 10 years later when Wisconsin was named the 30th state. Located in the southern region of the state and right on the beautiful Lake Mendota, Madison has remained a center of Wisconsin pride and culture for almost 180 years. If you’re looking for convenient and inexpensive ways to get to Madison, find and book your bus or train with Wanderu. A popular way to get around Wisconsin is the Badger Bus which provides convenient routes like Madison to Milwaukee . For info on how to get tickets check out our guide to Badger Bus Tickets.

TIP: Also check out our Chicago Hostels guide and take a Madison to Chicago bus to get there!

To help you better experience the culture of the city we have put together a list of accommodations all throughout the Madison area.

1) HI-Madison Hostel -141 S Butler St, Madison, WI 53703 – (608) 441-0144

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Free bus tickets – Win Wanderu’s Facebook contest

If you’ve booked your bus ticket with Wanderu before, you have already experienced how easy it is to find the cheapest and most convenient bus options between two cities. By helping us spread the word, your travel can be free!

After you buy a ticket with us, simply share Wanderu with on Facebook and tag Wanderu and you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a free bus ride. The more you or your friends share the more chances to win.

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Best Chicago Hostels Guide

Originally incorporated as a city in 1833 with 200 residents, Chicago (AKA “The Windy City”) is now home to 2.7 million people and is the third most populous city in the USA. Situated on Lake Michigan, Chicago is definitely a must-visit city in the United States. After all, you have to try a classic deep dish pizza and Vienna dog right from the source at least once in your life! To make your decision to travel super simple, we are putting together a lodging guide of Chicago Hostels. Read on for our recommendations.

Getting to Chicago is simple by bus, train, or plane. Find and book your bus and train travel on, or if you are coming from far away, find the best airplane ticket on

After seeing the Windy City, take bus from Chicago to Madison and stay at the Madison Hostel or other lodging options.

If you are anything like us, then you appreciate a nice hostel more than a froufrou hotel. Lets face it. Whats not to like?! Affordable prices, friendly people, helpful staff, and all the things you need to make the most of your trip. Chicago hostels are no exception from the norm and we love them (well, most of them).

TIP: If you are inclined to go to the observatory at the John Hancock because every Chicago guide out there suggests you do so, consider going to the bar on the floor below and grabbing a drink instead. Lovely view from out there all for the price of one cold beer.

Here are a few Chicago hostels that were recommended by Wanderu users:

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Badger Bus Schedule Guide

Badger BusBadger Bus Schedule is a midwest bus company that services the Madison, WI and Milwaukee, WI areas. The Badger Bus Schedule boasts trips from Madison to Milwaukee everyday of the year. To supplement this core service, Badger Bus schedules also include multiple “college connection” services on the weekend. The “college connection” sends buses to many of the big universities in the area, including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minneapolis etc.

***Looking to go from Madison to Milwaukee (or vice versa)? Greyhound runs a fast and cheap route for as low as $11. Check out this Madison to Milwaukee deal!***

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Badger Bus Tickets Guide

Badger Bus TicketsBadger Bus tickets can be purchased at one of three ticketing stations, from the bus driver, or online.

***Also see Badger Bus Schedule info***

Purchasing Badger Bus tickets online is the most economical and convenient option, allowing travels to save at least 10% on all tickets purchased online and up to 33% if you opt to buy Badger Dollars (more on that below). If you do choose to buy online, it is recommended to purchase the Badger Bus tickets at least an hour before departure and to arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes before departure to guarantee a seat. While not required, it is always a good idea to search on and compare Badger Bus tickets against all the other buses running this route.

***For example, Greyhound has daily schedules between Madison and Milwaukee.*** Continue reading