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Chicago to Madison, WI bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$4.99
Shortest Duration2h 50m
Trips per day70
bus carriers4
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Overall score for Chicago to Madison
4.5
Based on 12 reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 50 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.5
Staff
3.0
Value
4.0
Condition
4.0
Beverly
5.0
January 25, 2020Vacation
Pros
Everything
Cons
Yes
Jonathan
3.0
August 1, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
I liked the convenience of the bus. I didn't have to drive or take the bus.
Cons
Staff was awful. Very rude and almost made me miss my bus!

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
4.0
Condition
5.0
Kathleen
5.0
February 6, 2020Solo travel
Pros
Not having to drive and just relax
Cons
Not having to drive and just relax
Tips
The only advice I have is bring a little blanket the bus is completely warm but sometimes I say is going on business are wearing a skirt so I need my legs to be comfortable

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with OurBus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
5.0
Condition
5.0

Based on 8 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Van Galder report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 88 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.3
Staff
3.8
Value
3.6
Condition
4.9
Rosalind
5.0
October 27, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Felt safe on the bus traveling
Cons
Driver more friendlier
Kathleen
5.0
October 13, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I just love NOT having to worry about driving at all
Cons
better WIFI
Gilbert
4.0
August 16, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was better and cheaper then renting a car.
Cons
Nothing
Tips
Please read the fine print. The passenger had to transfer and the first bus was too late to catch the next bus. Since the ticket was purchased through this website, no refund from the website nor the bus that we had the trip through. Just leave plenty of time in betw...More
Ben
3.0
August 4, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Timing, cleanliness
Cons
The driver was overall pretty rude and patronizing. We stopped at a McDonald’s as advertised but only for 6 minutes and he said no one should order anything because he would leave without them. It was dinner time.
Isaac
4.0
August 5, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The bus was not crowded, so I was able to sit by myself with no one right next to me. The bus drivers were very kind and friendly. We arrived on time even while having to make 2 stops on the way to Madison from Chicago.
Cons
The wifi was EXTREMELY slow.

Is there a train from Chicago to Madison?

Amtrak will take you from Chicago to Madison, but there are no direct trains between the two cities (which means you’ll need to transfer). The trip will take you at least 4 hours. A bus can get you from Chicago to Madison in as few as 3 hours, and tickets start as low as $15. Train tickets from Chicago to Madison are usually at least $45.

Is Chicago to Madison a good day trip?

Madison, Wisconsin, is a great day trip from Chicago. At least 30 buses run daily between the cities going each way, so you could arrive in Madison as early as 10:15 a.m. and leave to head back to Chicago as late as 11:15 p.m.

How much does a bus ticket from Chicago to Madison, WI cost?

Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Chicago to Madison were $26.29.

The best way to find cheap bus tickets from Chicago to Madison is by booking earlier as most bus companies increase the price as the departure date approaches. By booking 21 days out, tickets are on average $2.61 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

How long is the bus ride from Chicago to Madison, WI?

The distance between Chicago and Madison is approximately 122.40 miles, or 196.93 kilometers. The average travel time for a bus between these two cities is around 3 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your bus has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest time to travel by bus from Chicago to Madison?

The busiest time of the week for travel from Chicago to Madison, WI by bus is usually on Sunday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out and you may find buses more full than usual. Wednesday tends to be when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, buses departing at this time are the least likely to be crowded.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Madison?

On average there are 70 scheduled bus trips per day. Van Galder has the most regularly scheduled departures from Chicago to Madison, WI, with an average of 25 trips per day and 517 monthly trips. 4 bus carriers serve the route from Chicago to Madison. Of the 70 trips there are 58 trips that are direct connections to Madison.

Need more travel options? Train tickets from Chicago to Madison, WI start at $30.00.

4 carriers offer Chicago to Madison, WI bus trips

Greyhound

Book Greyhound from Chicago to Madison from $12.00. There are 15 trips per day offered by Greyhound from Chicago to Madison and you can expect on average to pay $23.39 for a Greyhound ticket to Madison. In Chicago, Greyhound departs to Madison from Union Station - 225 S Canal St and 3 other stations. In Madison, Greyhound arrives at 4 Collins Ct and one other station.

An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Madison takes 6 hours and 24 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Madison in 2 hours and 50 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 16 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $25.03 for a weekend trip to Madison.

Restroom
WiFi
Power outlet
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
6h 24m
Avg. Price
$23.39

Megabus

Book Megabus from Chicago to Madison from $4.99. There are 3 trips per day offered by Megabus from Chicago to Madison and you can expect on average to pay $26.14 for a Megabus ticket to Madison. In Chicago, Megabus departs to Madison from W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St, In Madison, Megabus arrives at University of Wisconsin,

An average trip on Megabus from Chicago to Madison takes 3 hours and 19 minutes, while the fastest available Megabus trip will get you to Madison in 2 hours and 50 minutes,

On weekends, Megabus offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $27.46 for a weekend trip to Madison.

Restroom
WiFi
Movies
Power outlet
Green certified
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 19m
Avg. Price
$26.14

Amtrak Thruway

Book Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Madison from $30.00. There are 28 trips per day offered by Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Madison and you can expect on average to pay $30.00 for a Amtrak Thruway ticket to Madison. In Chicago, Amtrak Thruway departs to Madison from Union Station - 225 S Canal St, In Madison, Amtrak Thruway arrives at 4 Collins Ct and 2 other stations.

An average trip on Amtrak Thruway from Chicago to Madison takes 3 hours and 20 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Thruway trip will get you to Madison in 2 hours and 50 minutes,

On weekends, Amtrak Thruway offers 27 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $30.00 for a weekend trip to Madison.

Restroom
Loyalty rewards
Air conditioning
Avg. Time
3h 20m
Avg. Price
$30.00

Van Galder

Book Van Galder from Chicago to Madison from $25.00. There are 25 trips per day offered by Van Galder from Chicago to Madison and you can expect on average to pay $26.75 for a Van Galder ticket to Madison. In Chicago, Van Galder departs to Madison from S Canal St north of Jackson Blvd, In Madison, Van Galder arrives at University of Wisconsin and one other station.

An average trip on Van Galder from Chicago to Madison takes 3 hours and 28 minutes, while the fastest available Van Galder trip will get you to Madison in 2 hours and 50 minutes,

On weekends, Van Galder offers 25 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $26.70 for a weekend trip to Madison.

USB power
WiFi
Extra legroom
Avg. Time
3h 28m
Avg. Price
$26.75

Plan your next adventure

There are 6 stations you could depart from, depending on the bus line you travel with. Most bus trips to Madison will depart from these stations in Chicago:
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • S Canal St north of Jackson Blvd
  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
Buses arrive in Madison at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Madison for trips arriving from Chicago:
  • 4 Collins Ct
  • University of Wisconsin
  • UW Memorial Union - 800 Langdon St
  • N Lake & W Johnson (NB)
  • University of Wisconsin