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About Jefferson Lines

Established in 1919, Jefferson Lines is an intercity bus company offering cheap ticket options to some of the most popular travel destinations in the Midwest. Jefferson Lines is not only one of the oldest bus service providers in the United States but it is also one of the country’s largest bus carriers. In addition to their daily scheduled routes, Jefferson Lines’ college bus routes in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and Wisconsin offer numerous cheap bus options to various schools in the Midwest, making it easy for students and visitors to travel to and from campus.

Overall, Jefferson Lines buses operate 16,499 routes, connecting 156 cities in one country. To cover all these routes, Jefferson Lines runs an average of 18,599 bus trips per day and 260,390 bus trips per month. Depending on the route and schedule, Jefferson Lines bus ticket prices range from $5.00 to $375.00.

You can find cheap Jefferson Lines bus tickets on Wanderu by entering your preferred route and travel date in the search form above. Jefferson Lines is an official Wanderu partner, which means you can always find the best available deals on Jefferson Lines bus tickets on Wanderu at no additional cost. Jefferson Lines provides comfortable, safe and reliable bus service, and their amenities include restrooms on every bus, power outlets, WiFi and air conditioning.

Contact Jefferson Lines

Phone number: US: 1 (800) 451-5333Email: [email protected]


Jefferson Lines bus coverage

Daily Trips18,599

Jefferson Lines bus amenities

Jefferson Lines
Air conditioningAir conditioning
Power outletPower outlet

What travelers are saying about Jefferson Lines

Here’s what Wanderu users who have booked trips with Jefferson Lines had to say about their travel experience.

Traveling During COVID-19

“They took COVID safety precautions seriously.”
based on 20 reviews

Onboard Experience

“The WiFi actually worked for the entire trip”
based on 58 reviews
“I’ll travel with them again just for the staff!”
based on 70 reviews
“Really cheap tickets and really good service.”
based on 74 reviews
“The bus got there on time.”
based on 78 reviews
“Seats were really comfy and spacious”
based on 70 reviews
“The bus was almost suspiciously clean”
based on 79 reviews

Jefferson Lines Routes & Network

Jefferson Lines’s bus network features 16499 bus routes that connect 156 cities serving 171 stations. On average, Jefferson Lines performs about 18599 bus trips every day. The top cities to which Jefferson Lines offers the highest number of daily bus service include Minneapolis and Madison.

Top Cities Served by Jefferson Lines

CityRouteEarliest busLatest bus
Minneapolis85:15 am4:30 am
Madison65:15 am4:30 am
St Paul75:15 am4:30 am
Milwaukee85:15 am4:30 am
La Crosse65:15 am4:30 am
Kansas City87:50 am4:55 am
Duluth78:30 am4:30 am
Omaha77:30 am3:20 am
Winona68:40 am4:30 am

Top States Served by Jefferson Lines

StateCities ServedDaily TripsTop city
South Dakota14132Sioux Falls
North Dakota694Fargo
Iowa18321Iowa City
Missouri17287Kansas City

Jefferson Lines reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Jefferson Lines

(Based on 90 reviews)

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Jefferson Lines passenger reviews



September 5, 2021- Visiting friends

Madison to La Crosse

Pros: Good. Cons: More driver training. Tips: Sleep.

Pros: Good. Cons: More driver training. Tips: Sleep.



September 2, 2021- Visiting family

Madison to La Crosse

Pros: Restful. Cons: Mechanical work on bus needed. Tips: Great deal.

Pros: Restful. Cons: Mechanical work on bus needed. Tips: Great deal.



July 7, 2021- Solo travel

Milwaukee to Madison

Pros: Good bargain, good time of day. Cons: You should NOT be required to provide a written ticket. My outlet didn’t charge my phone.

Pros: Good bargain, good time of day. Cons: You should NOT be required to provide a written ticket. My outlet didn’t charge my phone.



July 5, 2021- Visiting friends

Minneapolis to Madison

Pros: the bus driver was a dream. Cons: the outlets didn’t work, and the bus was nearly full so i felt insanely uncomfortable the majority of the ride.

Pros: the bus driver was a dream. Cons: the outlets didn’t work, and the bus was nearly full so i felt insanely uncomfortable the majority of the ride.



May 29, 2021- Vacation

Milwaukee to Green Bay



Most popular Jefferson Lines routes

The bus from Minneapolis to Madison is Jefferson Lines’s most popular route. Trips from Milwaukee to Green Bay and La Crosse to Madison are also highly popular.

Top Jefferson Lines routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
Minneapolis to Madison46h 43m$24
Milwaukee to Green Bay12h 15m$15
La Crosse to Madison23h 15m$30
Omaha to Kansas City14h 5m$49
Saint Cloud to Minneapolis72h 0m$12
Milwaukee to Madison11h 25m$15
Rochester to Madison14h 55m$24
La Crosse to Milwaukee24h 45m$38
Minneapolis to Duluth194h 8m$9

Jefferson Lines Bus Guide & FAQs

Do Jefferson Lines buses have WiFi?

Yes, Jefferson Lines offers WiFi on their buses. Although most trips with Jefferson Lines will have WiFi as advertised, some buses might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Jefferson Lines WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the bus?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Jefferson Lines buses. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Jefferson Lines might sometimes use replacement bus vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Jefferson Lines's schedule?

On a typical day, Jefferson Lines has 18599 scheduled bus trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Jefferson Lines does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the bus?

Yes, Jefferson Lines requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the bus. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

What are Jefferson Lines’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Jefferson Lines’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there bathrooms on Jefferson Lines buses?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Jefferson Lines buses. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages available?

Jefferson Lines does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most buses do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your Jefferson Lines ticket?

Yes, Jefferson Lines requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the bus. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most buses.

Does Jefferson Lines offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Jefferson Lines focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

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