Rochester to Madison bus

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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from Rochester to Madison. Traveling by bus from Rochester to Madison usually takes around 4 hours and 15 minutes, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance167 mi (269 km)
Shortest duration4h 15m
Cheapest price€24.94
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceJefferson Lines
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Rochester to Madison

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)




6 November 2023- Regular commuter

Jefferson Lines

Outlets for charging and better wi-fi



7 July 2022- Visiting family

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Trip was super easy and on time. Driver was very kind and helpful. Cons: WiFi limit was frustrating.



25 March 2022- Visiting friends

Jefferson Lines

Pros: It was cheaper and it was a very fast trip to be honest.. I would have many more trips in the future. Cons: I guess to further accomadate covid it would be nice to have better seating assigned and not so much moving around. Tips: Yes try to not move around alot. I mean I was comfortable but It was a lot of people moving around alot for seating.



24 May 2020- Visiting family

Jefferson Lines

Pros: not many people on board. Cons: i wish it were a bit cheaper. Tips: n/a.



12 January 2020- Visiting family

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Jefferson pick-up / drop-off location in Madison is close to the Metro bus stop. Cons: No complaints on my end. Tips: Seriously consider the bus when planning a trip.

How much is a bus ticket from Rochester to Madison?

€24.94 is the average price of a bus ticket from Rochester to Madison. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Rochester to Madison are usually around €25 and prices do not fluctuate very much throughout the year.

What bus companies travel from Rochester to Madison?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Rochester to Madison. Jefferson Lines is the only company that has bus schedules available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Jefferson Lines14h 15m€25.80
  • Book Jefferson Lines from Rochester to Madison from €25. Typically there is one Jefferson Lines schedule per day from Rochester to Madison and you can expect on average to pay for a Jefferson Lines ticket to Madison. In Rochester, Jefferson Lines departs to Madison from Rochester Fuel Stop . In Madison, Jefferson Lines arrives at University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center .

    An average trip on Jefferson Lines from Rochester to Madison takes 4 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Jefferson Lines offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Madison.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 269 kilometers from Rochester to Madison. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Rochester to Madison at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

There is usually only one bus per day from Rochester to Madison. It leaves the station in Rochester at 12:00 each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

There is usually only one bus per day from Rochester to Madison. Fortunately, this happens to be a direct bus, meaning that you do not have to get on a different bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Rochester to Madison; ticket prices start at €71.12.

City Information


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 Rochester?

Main departure station: Rochester Fuel Stop

Most buses depart from the main station in Rochester.

All bus stations in Rochester:

  • Rochester Fuel Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Madison?

Main arrival station: University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

All buses from Rochester arrive at one main station in Madison.

Bus stations in Madison:

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

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