Cheap bus tickets fromChicago to Madison

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traveling from Chicago to Madison by bus

Cheapest price$15.00
Shortest Duration2h 50m
Trips per day33
bus carriers3
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How can I get the cheapest bus ticket from Chicago to Madison?

The best way to get the cheapest bus tickets from Chicago to Madison is by booking earlier. Based on the last 30 days, the cheapest average bus fares from Chicago to Madison were $25.19. By booking 13 days out, tickets are on average $6.00 cheaper than those that are booked last minute.

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

The busiest time of the week for travel from Chicago to Madison by bus is at 12:00 PM on Monday. When planning to travel around this time, tickets should be booked well in advance as they may sell out. Around 11:00 AM on Monday is when the fewest number of bus tickets are sold. If you’re looking for a little extra space, the bus departing at this time is the least likely to be crowded.

How many daily bus trips are there from Chicago to Madison?

On average there are 33 bus trips per day. Van Galder has the most options for departures from Chicago to Madison, with an average of 25 trips per day and 517 monthly trips. 3 bus carriers currently travel from Chicago to Madison. Of the 33 trips there are 31 trips that are direct routes with no transfers.

Need more travel options? Train options from Chicago start at $45.00.

bus lines that run from Chicago to Madison

Van Galder

Van Galder operates, on average, 25 bus schedule(s) from Chicago to Madison. The average Van Galder ticket to Madison costs $26.69. Cheap Van Galder tickets to Madison are available on Wanderu starting from $25.00. In Chicago, Van Galder departs from S Canal St north of Jackson Blvd and no other station. In Madison, Van Galder arrives at 4 Collins Ct and 1 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 26 trips per day and you could expect to pay $26.70 for a weekend getaway trip to Madison.

Van Galder
Van Galder
Extra legroom
USB power
WiFi
Avg. Time
3h 28m
Avg. Price
$26.69

Megabus

Megabus operates, on average, 3 bus schedule(s) from Chicago to Madison. The average Megabus ticket to Madison costs $27.68. Cheap Megabus tickets to Madison are available on Wanderu starting from $25.00. In Chicago, Megabus departs from W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St and no other station. In Madison, Megabus arrives at UW Memorial Union - 800 Langdon St and no other station.

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 4 trips per day and you could expect to pay $27.69 for a weekend getaway trip to Madison.

Megabus
Megabus
Air conditioning
Restroom
Green certified
Movies
Power outlet
WiFi
Avg. Time
3h 19m
Avg. Price
$27.68

Greyhound

Greyhound operates, on average, 3 bus schedule(s) from Chicago to Madison. The average Greyhound ticket to Madison costs $20.43. Cheap Greyhound tickets to Madison are available on Wanderu starting from $14.00. In Chicago, Greyhound departs from Greyhound Station - 630 W Harrison St and 1 other station. In Madison, Greyhound arrives at 4 Collins Ct and no other station.

An average trip on Greyhound from Chicago to Madison takes 4 hours and 32 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to Madison in 2 hours and 50 minutes,

On weekends, Greyhound offers 3 trips per day and you could expect to pay $21.65 for a weekend getaway trip to Madison.

Greyhound
Greyhound
Air conditioning
Restroom
Extra legroom
Power outlet
WiFi
Avg. Time
4h 32m
Avg. Price
$20.43

Plan your next adventure:

Depending on the bus line you travel with, your options include 4 stations that have bus departures from Chicago. Most bus trips to Madison will depart from S Canal St north of Jackson Blvd, W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St, Greyhound Station - 630 W Harrison St, Dan Ryan Bus Station.
  • S Canal St north of Jackson Blvd
  • W Polk St. btwn S Clinton St and S Canal St
  • Greyhound Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station
Bus trips arrive in Madison at 2 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. UW Memorial Union - 800 Langdon St, 4 Collins Ct are the main bus stations in Madison for trips arriving from Chicago.
  • UW Memorial Union - 800 Langdon St
  • 4 Collins Ct