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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Saint Paul to Madison. Traveling by bus from Saint Paul to Madison usually takes around 5 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours,

Distance225 mi (362 km)
Shortest duration5h 0m
Cheapest price€26.79
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Saint Paul to Madison

(Based on 4 ratings and reviews)




22 January 2023- Solo travel

Jefferson Lines

Pros: On time, didn’t waste time. Nice seat. Cons: Stop was a little early in the trip.



23 October 2022- Visiting family

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Price and availability to get from Minneapolis area to Madison. Cons: Bus was very full and wished it could have been more direct with a stop at the DutchMill bus station in Madison.



27 July 2019- Solo travel


Pros: On time and very comfortable. Cons: I think it was fine and can think of no changes to be made. Tips: I would recommend your bus.

How much is a bus ticket from Saint Paul to Madison?

€29.06 is the average price of a bus ticket from Saint Paul 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.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Saint Paul to Madison is expected to be between €30 and €38. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is 29 May 2024, when tickets are available for 29 May 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just €30.

Monthly average prices

Bus tickets from Saint Paul to Madison are at their cheapest average price in May. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around €31. On the other hand, traveling on this route during March might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for March trips cost €38, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €9.58 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Saint Paul to Madison?

There are 3 bus lines from Saint Paul to Madison available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 3 daily trips, FlixBus US usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US35h 23m€34.03
Greyhound15h 25m€33.92
Jefferson Lines15h 45m€26.79
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 3 trips per day from Saint Paul to Madison, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 1 bus trips from Saint Paul to Madison every day, with the average journey taking around 5 hours and 25 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Madison usually start from €30.

  • Book Jefferson Lines from Saint Paul to Madison from €27. Typically there is one Jefferson Lines schedule per day from Saint Paul to Madison and you can expect on average to pay for a Jefferson Lines ticket to Madison. In Saint Paul, Jefferson Lines departs to Madison from Union Depot . In Madison, Jefferson Lines arrives at University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center .

    An average trip on Jefferson Lines from Saint Paul to Madison takes 5 hours and 45 minutes , while the fastest available Jefferson Lines trip will get you to Madison in 5 hours and 0 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 5 hours and 24 minutes to cover the 362 kilometers from Saint Paul to Madison. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours. 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.

Because many passengers travel from Saint Paul 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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 09:00 and the last bus leaves at 12:00. To see the times for all buses from Saint Paul to Madison, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Saint Paul to Madison every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Saint Paul to Madison without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Saint Paul to Madison; ticket prices start at €43.41.

City Information

Saint Paul

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Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota, and is one of the Twin Cities, along with its neighbor across the Mississippi River, Minneapolis. As the seat of Minnesota's government, Saint Paul offers historic and cultural attractions which represent both the state and the American Midwest as a whole.

For a comprehensive introduction to the region's history, start your trip at the Minnesota History Center, just down the street from the grounds of the State Capitol building. There are museums in Saint Paul for all types of interests, including the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Schubert Club Musical Instrument Museum. For an extra dash of Saint Paul history, take a stroll down Summit Avenue, a stylish street of drool-worthy Victorian houses and mansions, including the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

If you're brave enough to visit Saint Paul during the freezing winters, you'll be rewarded with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a yearly event where you can explore ice palaces, watch live ice sculpting, and compete in city-wide scavenger hunts. Saint Paul is also one of the country's best cities for craft beer, so save time to taste some local ales or even brew your own beer at Vine Park Brewing Co.

Saint Paul is a hub for travel in the Midwest thanks in part to Amtrak's Empire Builder train service which stops at Saint Paul Union Depot. Bus service from stations throughout town and nearby Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport make it easy to travel to and from this saintly city.


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 Saint Paul?

Main departure station: 629 Rice Street

Saint Paul has two bus stations with service to Madison.

All bus stations in Saint Paul:

  • 629 Rice Street

  • Union Depot

Where does the bus arrive in Madison?

Main arrival station: University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

Buses arrive in Madison at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Madison:

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • Dutch Mill Park & Ride (West Lot)

  • Phillips 66

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