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Madison-Columbia Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Madison to Columbia?

Lowest Price$195.00
Fastest Train35h 18m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Madison to Columbia 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 train 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, train 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.

Can you take a train all the way from Madison to Columbia?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Madison to Columbia, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

What is the price of a train ticket from Madison to Columbia?

In the last month, $195.00 was the average price of a train ticket from Madison, WI to Columbia, SC. Tickets are generally somewhat expensive for this particular train route, which is to be expected given the long distance. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Madison to Columbia?

The distance between Madison and Columbia is approximately 772 miles, or 1242 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 35 hours and 28 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 35 hours and 18 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Madison to Columbia are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Madison at 1:00pm while the last train of the day leaves at 1:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Madison to Columbia?

Trains leave the station in Madison twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Columbia to Madison. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Madison to Columbia for $137.00.

Which train should you take from Madison to Columbia?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Madison, Wisconsin to Columbia, South Carolina. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak21d 11h 28m$195.00

Where is the train station in Madison?

There are two stations in Madison where you can board the train to Columbia:

  • University of Wisconsin
  • 4 Collins Ct

Where is the train station in Columbia?

Columbia has one train station:

  • 850 Pulaski St

Price trends for trains from Madison to Columbia

Monthly average prices

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