Madison travel guide

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You're Going to Love Madison

With a population of 233,209, Madison is a must-see destination in Wisconsin, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Where to Eat in Madison

If you’re looking for affordable options, Fresco (227 State Street) and Lombardino's (2500 University Ave) are great picks. For delicious green meals, University of Wisconsin Terrace Popup Lounge (800 Langdon St) and Feast - Artisan Dumpling and Tea House (904 Williamson St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Madison.

When to visit Madison

Madison in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 187
1 night at 3-star hotel
Madison in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 187
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Madison in July, when the average temperature is 22 °C, and the highest can go up to 28 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -12 °C, with an average temperature of -7 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 114 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Madison, with an average rainfall of 31 mm.

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How to Get to Madison


When flying to Madison, you’ll arrive at Madison Truax Field (MSN), which is located 9 km from the city centre The shortest flight to Madison from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 5h 17m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Madison. The train journey from Madison to Chicago takes 3h 35m and costs around C$ 59 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Cleveland, expect to pay about C$ 202 for a 18h 47m trip.


Another option to get to Madison is to pick up a car rental from Chicago, which is about 197 km from Madison. You’ll find branches of Europcar and Dollar, among others, in Chicago.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Madison, including Greyhound, Bus and Amtrak. From Milwaukee, the bus ride to Madison takes 129 km and will cost you around C$ 73. From Chicago, the ticket costs about C$ 106 for a journey of 249 km. The most popular bus station is Madison N Lake & W Johnson, located 0.3 km from downtown Madison. Madison University of Wisconsin is also a commonly used station, and is 0.1 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Madison

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British Airways
Good (3,428 reviews)
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Air France
Good (829 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,253 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,195 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (4,008 reviews)
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Spirit Airlines
Good (3,974 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (609 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (4,256 reviews)
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Korean Air
Excellent (598 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (820 reviews)
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Aer Lingus
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Where to stay in Madison

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison and Sleep Inn And Suites Madison.

Where to stay in popular areas of Madison

Most booked hotels in Madison

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 193+
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Madison West/Middleton
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 123+
Courtyard by Marriott Madison West / Middleton
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 150+
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 197+
Madison Marriott West
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 178+
AmericInn by Wyndham Madison West
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 114+

Renting a car in Madison

Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Budget are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Madison is the Hertz branch at 6514 Odana Road, which is 8 km from the downtown.

Expect to pay C$ 1.49 per litre in Madison (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 17.79 and C$ 23.71. The most frequently booked car type in Madison is Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium rental cars (Infiniti G Sedan or similar) are, on average, 54% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.