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About Badger Bus

Established in 1920, Badger Bus is a family-owned bus company with service in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is particularly known for its daily buses between Madison and Milwaukee, which makes it a popular choice among University of Wisconsin students. It has multiple stops in both cities, including on the campuses of UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. Other cities serviced by Badger Bus include Rochester, MN where it has a stop near the Mayo Clinic and Bloomington, MN where it stops at the Mall of America.

Contact Badger Bus

Phone number: US: 1 (877) 292-8259

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Badger Bus bus coverage

Daily Trips85
stations12
cities7
countries1

Badger Bus bus amenities

Badger Bus
Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Power outletPower outlet
WiFiWiFi

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 2 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 4 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 9 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 9 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 11 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 10 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 11 reviews

Badger Bus Routes & Network

Badger Bus’s bus network features 76 bus routes that connect 7 cities serving 12 stations. On average, Badger Bus performs about 85 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Badger Bus offers the highest number of daily bus service include Brookfield and Milwaukee.

Top Cities Served by Badger Bus

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Milwaukee311:20 am3:15 am
Madison312:20 pm2:35 am
Minneapolis24:00 pm7:35 pm
Johnson Creek211:20 am2:00 am
Brookfield211:20 am2:20 am
Eau Claire24:00 pm9:25 pm
Menomonie23:00 pm9:15 pm

Top States Served by Badger Bus

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
Minnesota117Minneapolis
Wisconsin689Milwaukee

Badger Bus reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Badger Bus

(Based on 15 reviews)

4.3
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort

4.0

Timeliness

4.5

Staff

4.3

Value

3.7

Condition

4.3

Badger Bus passenger reviews

5.0

Patricia

9 July 2021- Solo travel

Madison to Milwaukee

Pros: Great to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Very uneventful trip on a Saturday morning which was great. Cons: I think that if you say face masks are required they should be. This was not enforced at all on the bus although I did keep my mask on, even though I ...

Pros: Great to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Very uneventful trip on a Saturday morning which was great. Cons: I think that if you say face masks are required they should be. This was not enforced at all on the bus although I did keep my mask on, even though I am vaccinated. Also I was picked up in Madison on Johnson/Pinckney Strs. Either a sign on site or an e mail that tells one on which corner to wait would be nice.

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5.0

Jose Antonio

1 January 2020- Solo travel

Madison to Milwaukee

Pros: Everything. Cons: N/. Tips: Very nice experience for my money.

Pros: Everything. Cons: N/. Tips: Very nice experience for my money.

4.0

Karsyn

11 November 2019- Visiting family

Minneapolis to Madison

Pros: It was nice and warm on the bu, and I had my own seat. Cons: More outlets available, better working wifi. Tips: Do not eat nasty food before riding the bus because your breath smells bad and it bother other people.

Pros: It was nice and warm on the bu, and I had my own seat. Cons: More outlets available, better working wifi. Tips: Do not eat nasty food before riding the bus because your breath smells bad and it bother other people.

5.0

Tomo

24 September 2019- Business

Madison to Milwaukee

Wifi

Wifi

5.0

Daniel

15 September 2019- Visiting friends

Madison to Milwaukee

Pros: Price. Cons: N/A.

Pros: Price. Cons: N/A.

Most popular Badger Bus routes

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

Top Badger Bus routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Brookfield to Milwaukee90h 34m€9
Milwaukee to Johnson Creek101h 4m€13
Madison to Johnson Creek130h 33m€13
Madison to Milwaukee231h 47m€17
Eau Claire to Madison13h 0m€37
Minneapolis to Madison25h 1m€40
Madison to Brookfield131h 13m€17
Minneapolis to Milwaukee47h 31m€48
Menomonie to Madison13h 35m€44

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 points or USB points on the bus?

Yes, there are power points 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 neighbour might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power points, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a power point USB converter 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 85 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 toilets 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 drinks offered during the trip?

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.

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With 85 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 €8.60. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.