University of Wisconsin–Madison

Transportation and Parking

Encourage your student to use one of these methods for getting around campus. Visit the UW Transportation Services website for more information.

Bus

Madison Metro bus routes 80, 81, and 82 are free for everyone. Included in the cost of tuition is a bus pass through the Associated Students of Madison, allowing students to ride all city buses for free. For route and schedule information, visit the Madison Metro website.

Bike

Biking can improve health, save money, offer convenient parking, and save daily commuting time. Find information about bike safety, registration, parking, regulations, and routes.

Madison B-cycle is a bike-sharing program that offers a fun, convenient, environmentally friendly, and affordable way to get around Madison. Members have access to 350 bikes at 35 B-stations, and the freedom to pick up a bike at any B-station and drop it off at any other B-station. Students are eligible for a discounted annual membership of $20 with the “WISCSTUDENT” code. The program is supported by Trek Bicycles and UW Transportation Services.

Drive

Car Sharing: UW–Madison has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus so students can reserve a vehicle online or by phone and have a vehicle when they need it. The cars are parked on campus, and any student who is 18 or older can apply for membership.

Moped: Information about how to safely operate a moped on campus and in Madison, as well as details about parking, registration, and licensing, can be found on the UW Transportation Services website.

SAFEwalk

UW–Madison’s SAFEwalk program connects students with walking companions to ensure they get around campus safely at night. To request SAFEwalks, students can call or text 608-262-5000.

Bus Services (all depart from campus)

Badger Bus offers service to the Milwaukee, Minneapolis, La Crosse, and Whitewater areas.

Better Bus offers students direct service from UW–Madison to the Twin Cities during holidays, special events, and school breaks.

Greyhound Bus offers direct service to Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and Lafayette.

Jefferson Bus Lines offers service to La Crosse, Rochester, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago.

Lamers Bus Lines offers service to Green Bay, Appleton, Dubuque, and Wisconsin Rapids.

Mega Bus offers service to Minneapolis and Chicago.

Van Galder Bus Company offers service to Chicago, Rockford, South Beloit, Minneapolis, and Janesville.

Taxi services

Badger Cab: 608-256-5566

Green Cab: 608-255-1234

Madison Taxi: 608-255-8294

Union Cab: 608-242-2000

The Dane County Regional Airport is about seven miles form campus and services Delta Connection, Continental Express, Midwest Connect, American Eagle, United Express, and Northwest Airlines. Students can get to the airport via taxi or the city bus.

If flying out of the Dane County Regional Airport is too costly or would involve too many connections, getting to Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, Chicago O’Hare Airport, Chicago Midway Airport, or Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport is convenient via bus transportation.

View public parking locations and real-time availability on the UW campus map.

Student parking on campus is extremely limited. UW Transportation Services provides an application for parking but encourages students not to bring a vehicle to campus.

Mopeds, Scooters, and Motorcycles require a parking permit to be purchased. There are designated parking areas on campus. Transportation Services provides additional information and an application for a parking permit.

Students living off campus may be eligible to purchase a Residential Parking Permit through the City of Madison, which allows them to park on the city street for up to 48 hours in two-hour parking zones.

The City of Madison has many public parking lots and ramps near campus. Find more information about parking lot locations and rates. Private parking is also available from local property owners.