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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity buses per day from Rockford to Madison. Traveling by bus from Rockford to Madison usually takes around 29 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 25 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance58 mi (93 km)
Shortest duration25h 55m
Cheapest price€33.59
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines1

What bus companies travel from Rockford to Madison?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Rockford to Madison. Greyhound is the one bus line that serves this route. Although it's the sole option, there are a couple of different scheduled times to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound21d 5h 16m€67.18
  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide coach carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 2 bus trips from Rockford to Madison every day, with the average journey taking around 29 hours and 16 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Madison usually start from €34.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 29 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 93 kilometers from Rockford to Madison. However, the fastest bus only takes 25 hours and 55 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

The busiest and least busy days to travel on this route tend to change frequently from week to week. Weather, holidays, local events, and other factors can affect how crowded the bus is on any given day.

The first bus leaves at 08:00 and the last bus leaves at 16:00. To see the times for all buses from Rockford to Madison, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Rockford to Madison. However, neither bus offers direct service, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to transfer buses during the trip.

City Information

Rockford

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Located on the banks of the Rock River, Rockford is one of Illinois' best vacation destinations and the state's fourth-largest city. With its vast, green open spaces, golf courses, four rivers, and Rock Cut State Park, this city offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Rockford is often referred to as the City of Gardens, owing to its numerous beautifully-landscaped areas. The Anderson Japanese Gardens boasts the reputation of being one of the highest-quality Japanese gardens in North America, with picturesque water features and exotic plants; the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

Head indoors to Rockford's museums on cooler days, including the Riverfront Museum Park and the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Finish the day with tickets for a show at the Coronado Performing Arts Centre and enjoy the atmospheric-style theatre and movie house's outstanding interior architecture.

Rockford is conveniently situated near three airports, Rockford International, Chicago O'Hare International, and Dane County Regional. Coach service runs from these airports and Union Station in Chicago to easily access the city. In addition, Amtrak Thruway coaches connect Rockford to Amtrak's rail network, with destinations via train including Detroit, St. Louis, and even New York.

Madison

Consistently ranking high on the lists of the best places to live in the USA, Madison still maintains its quaint and idyllic small-town vibe despite being the capital city of Wisconsin. Sitting among the city’s most iconic and most popular landmarks is the Madison Memorial Union, which is located within the campus of the University of Madison. The building features a lakeview terrace filled with colorful chairs, allowing visitors to chill out and enjoy the sun. If you are interested in the history of the state or architecture as a whole, head over to the State Capitol building, which was built between 1906 and 1917. The building features lavish council chambers, which were modeled after the famous Doge’s Palace in Venice, along with other architectural highlights. If you wish to stay close to nature, the Olbrich Botanical garden, with its famous Thai Pavilion and Garden, will certainly be a great choice.

As a college city, Madison features numerous cutting-edge establishments that will make your mouth water. For some of the best dining views in town, head over to Graze, where you can also grab some of the best cheese curds in Madison. If you want to enjoy the best brunch in town, Sardine might have what you need.

The busiest bus/train station in Madison is located on Collins Ct. The city is served by the Dane County Regional Airport, 6 miles northeast of downtown.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Rockford?

Main departure station: E Side Tranfer Ctr

The East Side Transfer Center (commonly shortened to just "E Side") is a bus station in Rockford. While some refer to it as just a Greyhound station, the center also services Van Galder Bus and Burlington Trailways. Together, the three carriers provide service across the Midwest, including Chicago. Within the transfer center, you can find a waiting room, vending machines, and restrooms. There are also benches outside if you'd prefer to get some fresh air while waiting. If you have time to kill, there's also a Subway and Cracker Barrel for a more substantial meal. For overnight connections, there are a number of convenient hotels just across I90.

All bus stations in Rockford:

  • E Side Tranfer Ctr

Where does the bus arrive in Madison?

Main arrival station: University of Wisconsin

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Madison.

Bus stations in Madison:

  • University of Wisconsin

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride (West Lot)

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