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Madison - La Crosse Bus Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Madison to La Crosse. Traveling by bus from Madison to La Crosse usually takes around 3 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest Jefferson Lines bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance105 mi (169 km)
Shortest duration2h 15m
Cheapest price€23.09
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceMegabus
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Madison to La Crosse

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Delon

14 October 2022- Visiting family

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Arrived in about the same time it would have taken to drive and I got to read a book! Cons: For the money, it's a great value! Tips: Expect to store anything other than a carry on in the compartment under the bus.

4.0

Tallen

5 September 2021- Visiting friends

Jefferson Lines

Pros: Good. Cons: More driver training. Tips: Sleep.

Price trends for buses from Madison to La Crosse

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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What bus companies travel from Madison to La Crosse?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Madison to La Crosse that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Megabus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Jefferson Lines22h 18m€23.09
Megabus23h 23m€28.63
  • Book Jefferson Lines from Madison to La Crosse from €23. There are 2 trips per day offered by Jefferson Lines from Madison to La Crosse and you can expect on average to pay for a Jefferson Lines ticket to La Crosse. In Madison, Jefferson Lines departs to La Crosse from University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center . In La Crosse, Jefferson Lines arrives at University of Wisconsin and one other station.

    An average trip on Jefferson Lines from Madison to La Crosse takes 2 hours and 18 minutes , while the fastest available Jefferson Lines trip will get you to La Crosse in 2 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Jefferson Lines offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to La Crosse.

  • Book Megabus from Madison to La Crosse from €27. There are 2 trips per day offered by Megabus from Madison to La Crosse and you can expect on average to pay for a Megabus ticket to La Crosse. In Madison, Megabus departs to La Crosse from University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center . In La Crosse, Megabus arrives at 601 St Andrew St and one other station.

    An average trip on Megabus from Madison to La Crosse takes 3 hours and 23 minutes , while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to La Crosse in 2 hours and 15 minutes .

    On weekends, Megabus offers 2 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to La Crosse.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 169 kilometers from Madison to La Crosse. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to La Crosse at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 10:00 and the last bus leaves at 11:00. To see the times for all buses from Madison to La Crosse, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Madison to La Crosse 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 Madison to La Crosse without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Madison to La Crosse; ticket prices start at €27.71.

City Information

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.

La Crosse

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A busy college town blessed with lush and beautiful green zones, La Crosse is one of the best places to just chill out and unwind. The city's star attraction is the Grandad Bluff, which offers a panoramic view of the entire city and the Mississippi River. Hiking up the hill will certainly be a challenge, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile. While staying in the city, don't miss out on the chance to go on a cruise aboard the La Crosse Queen, a replica paddle steamer, and unwind while enjoying the sunset. For some family fun, head over to the Children's Museum of La Crosse.

La Crosse does have a pretty reputable food scene, with a strong focus on beers and cheese curds. For an upscale dining experience with the best local dishes, The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern is a local favorite that has a stellar reputation. Or head to the Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery for a combination of good foods and drinks.

La Crosse is easily accessible by bus or train, and regional flights operate out of the La Crosse Municipal Airport.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Madison?

Main departure station: University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

Madison has two bus stations with service to La Crosse.

All bus stations in Madison:

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center

Where does the bus arrive in La Crosse?

Main arrival station: University of Wisconsin

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

Bus stations in La Crosse:

  • University of Wisconsin

  • 601 St Andrew St

  • 314 Jay St

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