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Madison-Chicago Bus Schedule
Madison to Chicago bus - cost & duration
|Shortest Duration||3h 35m|
|Trips per day||4|
Frequently Asked Questions
Which bus carrier should you take from Madison to Chicago?
How do you get to the bus station from UW-Madison?
How much longer does a bus take than a flight from Madison to Chicago?
Is it safe to travel by bus from Madison to Chicago 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 Madison to Chicago?
Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $27.00 was the low point for bus fares from Madison to Chicago. Buses from Chicago to Madison are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $27.00 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 26 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $27.16 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
How long is the bus ride?
The bus usually takes around 4 hours and 6 minutes to cover the 122 miles (197 kilometers) from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 35 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the bus.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
Because many passengers travel from Madison to Chicago 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 Madison?
The first bus leaves at 5:00pm and the last bus leaves at 6:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Madison to Chicago, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many buses are there each day?
There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Madison to Chicago every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Madison to Chicago; ticket prices start at $30.00.
What bus companies travel from Madison to Chicago?
Where does the bus leave from in Madison?
Madison, Wisconsin has two bus stations with service to Chicago, Illinois:
- 4 Collins Ct
- N Lake & W Johnson (NB)
Where does the bus arrive in Chicago?
These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Chicago, Illinois:
- Dan Ryan Bus Station
- Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
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