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How to get from Milwaukee Airport to Madison

Madison, Wisconsin, is positioned near Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis. The city is situated around Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. It is home to the domed Wisconsin State Capitol and houses museums, arts, and music festivals, with grande venues, excellent shopping centres, renowned restaurants, and exciting sporting events.

Milwaukee Airport is a little over 85 miles (137 kilometres) from Madison. After landing at the airport, you can reach Madison by taxi or bus. Taking an airport taxi is the most comfortable and easiest way to travel from Milwaukee airport to Madison. The journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes by taxi and the fare costs roughly $220 (€212). The company Badger Bus Lines also offers a Milwaukee Airport bus to Madison. The trip by bus takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and costs $24.40 (€24) per traveller.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €212 90min 24/7
Bus €48 105min 07:00–18:00

How to get from Milwaukee Airport to Madison by taxi

Taking a taxi from Milwaukee airport to Madison is the safest, easiest, and most comfortable transfer option. Several taxi companies serve the airport, and taxis are available 24/7. The trip from Milwaukee airport to Madison typically takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. Taxi fares are metered and generally, it costs $220 (€212) to complete the journey. For a flat rate with no additional charges, you can also book your transportation from Milwaukee airport to Madison in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Taxi fare from Milwaukee Airport to Madison

Milwaukee taxis charge their fares based on a metered rate. The rate can be estimated by a base fare of $4.20 (€4.20), $2.50 (€1.60) per kilometre, and $27.70 (€27.70) per hour of standing or waiting. Taxis also charge $3 (€3) for airport pickups/drop-offs. Generally, to reach Madison from Milwaukee airport, you can expect to pay $220 (€212). However, as that fare is not fixed, for a competitive flat rate with no hidden charges, you can also book your ride in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€212

Trip Duration

1 hr 30 min

Fares may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis from Milwaukee Airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

After landing at Milwaukee Airport and gathering your luggage, you can find Milwaukee airport taxis at the designated taxi rank located outside Baggage Claim 3. Once outside, cross the Baggage Claim roadway. Then you can follow the signs to the taxi stand.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the easiest way to reach Madison from Milwaukee Airport. Taxis offer comfortable and spacious transfers. Plus, they offer door-to-door services, so you won’t have to worry about long wait times for the next bus departure, or losing time navigating public transportation.

Editor’s Note

Due to the long distance, if you are headed from Madison to Milwaukee Airport, you may need to book your ride in advance or call a taxi company to request that a driver picks you up.

Useful Tips

Tipping taxi drivers is a standard practice throughout the US. It is common to tip great drivers 20% for their service.
Most taxis will accept payment by card, but you may want to double-check with your driver before starting your ride.

How to get from Milwaukee Airport to Madison by Bus

Another option of transportation from Milwaukee airport to Madison is to take a coach. Badger Bus Lines offers a coach bus from Milwaukee airport to Madison four times a day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and six times a day on Fridays and Sundays. The Milwaukee airport bus to Madison typically takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete its route.

How much is the fare for the bus from Milwaukee Airport to Madison?

The fare for the Milwaukee airport bus to Madison depends on when you take the bus. Most journeys cost $24.40 (€24), whilst other trips cost $23 (€22.20). The fare for kids ages 2 to 11 is at $12 (€11.60) and kids under 2 can ride for free. Tickets for the bus can be booked in advance via the Badger Bus website. You can also buy tickets from the driver with the exact change. If you pay with the driver in cash, the fare may go up to $35 (€33.80) per adult traveller.

Cost

€24

Trip Duration

1 hr 45 min

You may have to wait several hours for the bus depending on your plane's landing time.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Buses run 4 times a day between 7:00 and 18:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Buses run 6 times a day between 6:35 and 20:20 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where can I find the bus?

You can find the coach buses just outside of Baggage Claim Exit 2.

Convenience

Taking the bus from Milwaukee Airport to Madison is a great way to save some money. The journey by bus doesn’t take much longer than taking a taxi. However, you may have to wait several hours for the next bus departure. Also, once in Madison, you may need to take another form of transportation to reach your accommodation.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

Flixbus also offers bus service once a day to Madison from Milwaukee Airport. If you go to downtown Milwaukee, there are also several transfer options from the city.

Useful Tips

Badger Bus requests that you are ready to board the bus 10 to 15 minutes before the set departure time.
Bus tickets are not refundable, but passengers can change their tickets for a fee if needed.
Passengers are allowed 1 piece of luggage to be stored in the baggage compartment under the bus and 1 carry-on bag. Extra baggage may be transported for an additional fee of $5 (€4.80).

Frequently asked questions

What are my options for transportation from Milwaukee Airport to Madison?

The easiest way to get from Milwaukee airport to Madison is by taxi. The trip takes around 1 hour 30 minutes and costs around $220 (€212). You can also take a coach bus from Milwaukee airport to Madison. The bus trip takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and costs approximately $24.40 (€24) per traveller.

Where can I find the Badger Bus schedule for the Milwaukee Airport to Madison route?

The Badger Bus schedule is posted on the Badger Bus website so it’s easy to find. Buses depart from the airport at 6:35, 9:35, 12:05, 15:00, 17:35, and 20:20 on Fridays and Saturdays and at 7:00, 10:00, 15:30, and 18:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

What’s the distance from Milwaukee Airport to Madison, Wisconsin?

Milwaukee airport is slightly more than 137 km (85 miles) from Madison. The trip by taxi takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes, whilst if you’re taking a Milwaukee airport bus to Madison, it will take you about 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach your destination.

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