How to Reach Madison


  • By Air: Larger cities like Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, and Minneapolis have daily flights to the Dane County Regional Airport. It takes about 15 minutes from the airport to reach the Capitol and Downton.
  • By Rail: There are daily AMTRAK services to Columbus and Milwaukee. To reach Madison via rail, you can take an AMTRAK to Columbus that lies at thirty-minute drive from Madison.
  • By Bus: Madison is well connected by buses of AMTRAK from Chicago and the Badger Bus from Milwaukee. Greyhound too has regular services from Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee. Other bus services include Lamer's Bus Line, VanGalder Bus (a/k/a Coach USA) and Megabus from nearby places.


Madison is known to be the most walkable city as well as the best road-biking city. Thus, the best way of getting around Madison would obviously be on foot and by bike. Other modes are as follow-

  • By Bus: The Metro bus system is an option but not the best way to get around Madison. It does not run very often on weekends and most points of interest lie out of the bus route.
  • By Car: This may be the second-best option, if you are not a walking or cycling person. However, the downtown area lacks parking facilities. Although, if you plan to explore the outer regions this is a great way.
  • By Taxi: Appointment-only based taxis are run by cab service providers including Green Cab, Badger Cab, Union Cab, and Madison Taxi. However, on weekends the cab driver don’t bother much about appointment and you can avail a ride by hailing.

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Madison. The most preferred mode of transport in Madison is Car.

Average distance: 18.17 km Average time: 23.73 min

  • Car 76.92%
    Driving 24.2 min Walking 0.45 min Overall average time for 22.25 kms 24.65 min
  • Walking 3.85%
    Walking 25 min Bike 10 min Overall average time for 5 kms 35 min
  • Bike 15.38%
    Bike 13.25 min Walking 0.25 min Overall average time for 4.01 kms 13.5 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 3.85%
    Bus 30 min Waiting 5 min Overall average time for 6.44 kms 35 min
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