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Journey Information

Milwaukee to Madison bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$15.00
Shortest Duration1h 20m
Trips per day2
Bus lines4

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee to Madison?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $15.86 was the low point for bus fares from Milwaukee to Madison. Buses from Madison to Milwaukee are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $15.86 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 14 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $8.97 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 1 hour 28 minutes to cover the 76 miles (122 kilometers) from Milwaukee, WI to Madison, WI. However, the fastest bus only takes 1 hour 20 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short trip.

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

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Madison. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Milwaukee?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Milwaukee to Madison, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from Milwaukee to Madison. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Milwaukee to Madison; ticket prices start at $55.00.

What bus companies travel from Milwaukee to Madison?

There are 4 bus lines from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Madison, Wisconsin. Each of these companies only operates one bus on a typical day. The following table helps you compare the available choices:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway11h 41m$20.00
Badger Bus21h 56m$21.50
Greyhound11h 20m$27.48
Jefferson Lines11h 25m$15.00

Where does the bus leave from in Milwaukee?

Milwaukee, Wisconsin has two bus stations with service to Madison, Wisconsin:

  • Intermodal Station - 433 W ST Paul Ave
  • Mitchell Airport - 5300 S Howell Ave

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)
  • 4 Collins Ct
  • University of Wisconsin - Gordon Center
  • University of Wisconsin

Price trends for buses from Milwaukee to Madison

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10JanJan

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Milwaukee, WI to Madison, WI

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Adam

January 27, 2020 - Regular commuter

Megabus

Pros: It’s good. Cons: Only the value of money. Tips: The last chairs so closed. Pros: It’s good. Cons: Only the value of money. Tips: The last chairs so closed.

4.0

Rene

September 27, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak Thruway

Pros: It was really quiet and was able to sleep. Cons: Make sure the tickets has my name on it and not the company. Pros: It was really quiet and was able to sleep. Cons: Make sure the tickets has my name on it and not the company.

3.0

Andrea

July 15, 2019 - Solo travel

Badger Bus

Pros: Internet on the way back. Cons: There was no Internet on the way to Madison Foot rests: 1x none, 1x not working. Pros: Internet on the way back. Cons: There was no Internet on the way to Madison Foot rests: 1x none, 1x not working.

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