Students find that the fastest, easiest, and most economical ways to get around campus are by walking, biking, or riding the bus. Students are not encouraged to bring a car to campus due to limited parking space and high costs.
Getting Around Campus
Encourage your student to use one of these methods for getting around campus.
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 Madison Metro.
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 new urban 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 red 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 code “WISCSTUDENT”. The program is supported by Trek Bicycles and UW Transportation.
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. They are parked on campus, and any student 18+ 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 Transportation Services website.
Safe Arrival For Everyone (SAFE) Services provide the university’s comprehensive late-night transportation options. SAFE’s goal is to promote personal and community safety by offering a safe means of nighttime transportation and by educating the UW community on matters of nighttime safety. Options include SAFEwalk and SAFEride bus.
Traveling to and from Madison
Bus Services (all depart from campus)
Badger Bus offers service to the Milwaukee, Minneapolis, La Crosse, and Whitewater areas.
The Better Bus LLC 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, IN.
Jefferson Bus Lines offers service to La Crosse, Rochester, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and the Chicago area.
Lamers Bus Lines, Inc. 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 the Chicago area, Rockford, South Beloit, Minneapolis, and Janesville.
Badger Cab: 608–256–5566
Green Cab: 608-255-1234
Madison Taxi: 608-255-8294
Union Cab: 608–242–2000
Traveling by air
The Dane County Regional Airport is about 7 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.
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.