Getting to Madison

If you are getting to Madison by car, consult a driving direction website of your choice (Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps, Mapquest) and a physical map as reference. Once you get to Madison, here are directions to campus and the full campus map.

Flying to Madison

If you choose to fly, you have several options to choose from. Use a flight search aggregator like Kayak or Bing Travel to search multiple airport codes at once. Be sure to factor in the cost of the bus trip when selecting the best-value airport!

To get to campus from the Dane County Regional Airport, you can take a taxi ($10-$20). There should be several cabs waiting at a stand on the north end of the terminal. Just in case, companies are listed below. You can also take the city bus, Madison Metro bus, from the airport to where you are staying. Some hotels also have an airport shuttle service. If you are staying with a graduate student host, some might offer to pick you up at the airport or the Memorial Union depending on availability.

  • Badger Cab: 608-256-5566
  • Union Cab: 608-242-2000
  • Madison Taxi: 608-255-8294

All of the bus service from outside Madison will drop you off at the Memorial Union (800 Langdon St). The Union has a Essentials Desk that also sells one-way and round trip bus tickets at a discount for UW students.

From Chicago, at the O'Hare airport, buses depart from the international terminal (Terminal doorway 5E, lower level) and the Bus/Shuttle Center (follow signs from domestic arrivals). You can take the Van Galder which has regular trips between Chicago's O'Hare airport and the UW-Madison's Memorial Union. Note that some buses also originate from the train station downtown if you come in via Midway Airport or Amtrak. These are affordable luxury buses that are comfortable and convenient.

Note to international students: When planning on what bus to take, allow about an hour and a half after your flight lands for immigration and customs. It is recommended that you carry some cash with you.

Busing to Madison

Madison has bus service from several Midwest cities. Most notably, Van Galder and Megabus serve downtown Chicago, and Megabus serves Minneapolis, MN. For more cities served by bus service, check out WisDOT's intercity bus service page.

Transportation for Welcome Weekend

For prospective students admitted with guaranteed financial support, airfare must be booked using the University’s travel agency, Fox World Travel. Any airfare booked outside of Fox World Travel is not reimbursable under any circumstances. Please see the Travel Reimbursement page for more details regarding the booking procedure using Fox World Travel.

Students admitted without guaranteed financial support are free to book their travel through any means.