Getting Here

By Plane

Several major airlines serve Madison's airport: Dane County Regional/MSN.

By Bus

From Chicago, the Van Galder Bus Lines run from O'Hare Airport and downtown locations to Memorial Union in Madison.

Schedule Service and General Information: (800) 747-0994
Madison Office: (608) 752-5407
Van Galder Bus website

From Milwaukee, the Badger Bus runs from Mitchell Field and downtown locations to Memorial Union in Madison.

Main Office: (608) 255-6771
Milwaukee Bus Depot: (414) 276-7490
Madison Bus Depot: (608) 255-6771
Badger Bus website

From Minneapolis/St. Paul, the Greyhound Bus runs from the Hawthorne Avenue station in Minneapolis to the 2023 S. Stoughton Rd Depot. The Greyhound Bus also runs from the W. University Avenue Station in St. Paul

Minneapolis Station: (612) 371-3325
St. Paul Station: (651) 222-0507
Madison Station: (608) 257-3050
Fare and Schedule Information: (800) 231-2222
National Greyhound website
By Car

Madison is a 1-1/2 hour drive from Milwaukee (via I-94), a 2-1/2 hour drive from Chicago (via I-90), and a 4-1/2 hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul (via I-94). Get driving directions to downtown Madison from various regional locations, maps of downtown Madison and downtown parking, and other useful travel information at

Getting to UW-Madison Campus

The most efficient way into the city from the airport [or current Greyhound location] is to take a taxi. It will cost about $25.

Madison Taxi - (608) 255-8294
Badger Cab Co - (608) 256-5566
Union Cab of Madison Co-Op - (608) 242-2000


First Days
After you arrive, you will be given a placement exam to determine your appropriate academic level. Class size is limited to 12 students. Classes meet in a variety of buildings across campus in regular classrooms, smart classrooms (rooms with Internet access and audiovisual equipment) and language labs.