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About Badger Bus

Badger Bus is a family-owned and operated bus company established in 1920, running 37 daily trips across the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. It shares the same fuzzy mascot as the University of Wisconsin, which makes it a popular choice for students traveling from the stops at the Madison and Milwaukee campuses. Badger Bus also has stops in Rochester, MN, near the Mayo Clinic, and Bloomington, MN, with a destination at the Mall of America. Overall, the carrier covers 53 routes and is particularly popular for its daily buses between Madison and Milwaukee.

Easily recognizable by their vibrant red, white, and black color scheme and sweater-wearing badger mascot, Badger Bus coaches have a variety of amenities to improve the onboard experience. Passengers can enjoy free reliable Wi-Fi, comfortable seats with plenty of room and outlets, and clean restroom facilities. Badger Bus also takes pride in providing friendly, helpful service from their drivers and staff, all while offering low prices and convenient routes.

Badger Bus has partnered with Wanderu since 2016, making it easy to search bus schedules, routes, and deals on Wanderu with no additional cost or fees. Get the best price on Badger Bus tickets for as low as $13.49 through Wanderu to plan your next trip.

Badger Bus Amenities

Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Power outletPower outlet
WiFiWiFi

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Badger Bus bus coverage

Daily Trips37
stations10
cities7
countries1

What travelers are saying about Badger Bus

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Badger Bus had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 17 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 12 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 25 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 23 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 27 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 25 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 25 reviews

Badger Bus reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Badger Bus

(Based on 30 reviews)

4.6
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.3

Timeliness

4.7

Staff

4.5

Value

4.0

Condition

4.5

Badger Bus passenger reviews

5.0

Chester

August 17, 2022- Business

Johnson Creek to Milwaukee

Pros: Was easy to secure my ticket , Driver was very helpful and polite, Bus was on time from pickup to drop off locations. Best bus experience I've ever had. Cons: Contacting the main bus line. No real person to talk too.

Pros: Was easy to secure my ticket , Driver was very helpful and polite, Bus was on time from pickup to drop off locations. Best bus experience I've ever had. Cons: Contacting the main bus line. No real person to talk too.

5.0

seulki

July 25, 2022- Visiting friends

Milwaukee to Madison

It was nice

It was nice

5.0

Gabrielle

July 22, 2022- Visiting friends

Madison to Milwaukee

Pros: The bus driver was very friendly and helpful. Cons: Single riders were taking up 2 seats because they didn’t want anyone sitting next to them, that made it hard to find an open seat. Tips: Wear a mask.

Pros: The bus driver was very friendly and helpful. Cons: Single riders were taking up 2 seats because they didn’t want anyone sitting next to them, that made it hard to find an open seat. Tips: Wear a mask.

5.0

Marvin

June 26, 2022- Visiting friends

Madison to Milwaukee

Pros: The bus driver was super helpful because I missed the bus that had just left before. Cons: Nothing except maybe promote yourselves a little bit more. It’s a cool service. Tips: Ni.

Pros: The bus driver was super helpful because I missed the bus that had just left before. Cons: Nothing except maybe promote yourselves a little bit more. It’s a cool service. Tips: Ni.

4.0

Marvin

June 24, 2022- Visiting friends

Milwaukee to Madison

Pros: It was peaceful. Cons: Communication about pickup/drop off sites. Was kinda confusing when experienced for the first time. The doesn’t announce the drop off he/she is letting out. Tips: Be patient and watchful for your destination.

Pros: It was peaceful. Cons: Communication about pickup/drop off sites. Was kinda confusing when experienced for the first time. The doesn’t announce the drop off he/she is letting out. Tips: Be patient and watchful for your destination.

Badger Bus Routes & Network

Badger Bus’s bus network features 53 bus routes that connect 7 cities serving 10 stations. On average, Badger Bus performs about 37 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Badger Bus offers the highest number of daily bus service include Minneapolis and Madison.

Top Cities Served by Badger Bus

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Milwaukee311:30 am3:00 am
Madison311:35 am2:35 am
Minneapolis23:00 pm6:15 pm
Johnson Creek211:30 am2:00 am
Brookfield111:30 am2:20 am
Eau Claire13:00 pm8:30 pm
Menomonie13:00 pm8:30 pm

Most popular Badger Bus routes

The bus from Minneapolis to Madison is Badger Bus’s most popular route. Trips from Eau Claire to Madison and Brookfield to Milwaukee are also highly popular.

Top Badger Bus routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Minneapolis to Madison25h 6m$62
Eau Claire to Madison13h 0m$58
Brookfield to Milwaukee50h 34m$13
Madison to Milwaukee101h 52m$27
Madison to Brookfield41h 18m$27
Milwaukee to Johnson Creek81h 2m$20
Madison to Johnson Creek50h 38m$20
Minneapolis to Milwaukee37h 20m$76
Minneapolis to Eau Claire22h 12m$34

Badger Bus Cancellation Policy

Badger Bus tickets are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled. It’s always a good idea to double check your travel details before completing your booking, especially for non-refundable tickets.

Badger Bus tickets can be rescheduled up to 1 hour before the original departure time. A 10% change fee will apply. To quickly and easily change your trip online, go to Badger Bus’ website to log in or create an account, look up your reservation, and make your desired changes.

Wanderu also offers an affordable trip protection option by Allianz Global Assistance that you can purchase when booking your tickets. In addition to 24-hour assistance during your trip and other helpful benefits, trip protection can help you get your money back in case you need to cancel or change your trip. You may be reimbursed if you cancel your bus trip due to covered reasons such as required work shifts, extreme weather, or illness. If you need to change your ticket, you can also file a claim to have the Badger Bus change fee reimbursed.

Badger Bus Bus Guide & FAQs

Do Badger Bus buses have WiFi?

Yes, Badger Bus offers WiFi on their buses. Although most trips with Badger Bus will have WiFi as advertised, some buses might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Badger Bus WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the bus?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Badger Bus buses. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Badger Bus might sometimes use replacement bus vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Badger Bus's schedule?

On a typical day, Badger Bus has 37 scheduled bus trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Badger Bus does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the bus?

Yes, Badger Bus requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the bus. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are Badger Bus’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Badger Bus’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Badger Bus buses?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Badger Bus buses. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages available?

Badger Bus does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most buses do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Does Badger Bus offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Badger Bus focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

Cheap Badger Bus tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 37 Badger Bus trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Badger Bus tickets start at just $13.49. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Badger Bus tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Badger Bus tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Badger Bus prices with trips offered by other bus companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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