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Journey Information

Minneapolis to Madison bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$24.00
Shortest Duration4h 14m
Trips per day5
Bus lines3

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Minneapolis to Madison right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Minneapolis to Madison?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $24.00 was the low point for bus fares from Minneapolis to Madison. Buses from Madison to Minneapolis are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $24.00 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 16 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $13.69 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 6 hours and 48 minutes to cover the 233 miles (374 kilometers) from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 14 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Minneapolis?

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 12:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Minneapolis to Madison, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Minneapolis to Madison every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 3 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

What bus companies travel from Minneapolis to Madison?

There are 3 bus lines from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Madison, Wisconsin. With 3 daily trips, Jefferson Lines 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
Badger Bus35h 13m$58.27
Greyhound16h 6m$29.57
Jefferson Lines37h 2m$29.69

Where does the bus leave from in Minneapolis?

Buses to Madison leave from multiple locations in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Transp Ctr - 950 Hawthorne Ave
  • U Minn - 2428 Delaware St
  • 8000 Ikea Way

Where does the bus arrive in Madison?

Buses arrive in Madison at 4 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Madison, Wisconsin:

  • N Lake & W Johnson (NB)
  • Phillips 66
  • 4 Collins Ct
  • University of Wisconsin

Price trends for buses from Minneapolis to Madison

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15NovDec

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10JFMAMJJASOND

Prices as travel date approaches

$50$40$30$20$103020100

bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI
4.8
Based on 8 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
5.0
Staff
5.0
Value
2.0
Condition
4.0
Karsyn
4.0
November 11, 2019Visiting family
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.

Based on 1 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
4.0
Value
3.0
Condition
4.0

Based on 3 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)

Based on 3 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Jefferson Lines 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
4.0
Condition
5.0
Danielle
5.0
October 24, 2019Visiting family
Pros
The bus driver was absolutely amazing. Made me feel very comfortable as a solo young female traveler
Tips
Really good for college students

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