Travel and Parking

Traveling to Madison by car

Getting to Madison: Madison is located in south central Wisconsin and is accessible via several major highways. Madison is a:
~1 1/2 hour drive from Milwaukee (via Interstate 94)
~2 1/2 hour drive from Chicago (via Interstate 90)
~4 1/2 hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul (via Interstate 94)
~2 hour drive from Dubuque (via US 151)

Getting to UW-Madison

Take I-90 or US 151 to Hwy 12/18
Follow Hwy 12/18 exit at Park Street (Exit 261 B)
Proceed north on Park Street about 5 miles to Langdon Street, turn right.
Proceed one block to Lake Street, turn right.
Two public parking ramps that charge by the hour are available on Lake Street and are within a five-minute walk to campus.

Other Maps

SEASSI buildings
UW-Madison Campus Map

Traveling by bus

The Badger Bus (877-292-8259) offers daily routes between Milwaukee (downtown and Mitchell Field) and campus. Please visit the Badger Bus Website for fares, schedule, and more information.

The Van Galder Bus Company (608-752-5407 or 800-747-0994) also provides daily round-trip service between UW-Madison and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and the downtown Amtrak station. Check out the Van Galder Bus website for information on fares and bus schedules.

Both the Van Galder and Bader buses pickup/drop-off in front of the Chazen Museum of Art on the UW-Madison Campus.

Traveling by plane

Flying to Chicago and taking the Van Galder Bus, or flying to Milwaukee and taking the Badger Coach to the UW-Madison campus is often cheaper than direct flights to Madison. Shop and compare.
Dane County Regional Airport (airport code MSN), on Madison’s northeast side, provides regional and national air service to and from Madison. Seventy-five flights daily connect passengers to 22 locations, reaching 600 domestic and 70 international destinations with one stop-service. The following commercial airlines serve Dane County:
American Airlines 800-433-7300
Delta Air Lines 800-221-1212
Frontier Airlines 801-401-9000
United Airlines 800-864-8331 (Domestic)/800-538-2929 (International)

Cabs are readily available at the airport for service to campus and downtown, and many hotels offer shuttle service.

Badger Cab – 608-256-5566
Green Cab – 608-255-1234
Madison Taxi – 608-255-8294
Union Cab – 608-242-2000


Students who have been admitted to SEASSI will be provided a link to a Facebook group for your SEASSI cohort. There, you will be able to communicate with fellow SEASSI students to coordinate rideshares and sublets with each other.

Campus Parking

Parking structure on the shore of a lakeCampus parking is nearly impossible to find. Often students with cars park their cars near campus and then walk, bike, or take a bus to classes. For information on student parking at UW-Madison please go to the University Transportation Services website.