For those who do plan to drive a car in Madison, a valid driver’s license and insurance for the vehicle you are driving are necessary. For more information on how to obtain a driver’s license please view the Getting a Wisconsin Driver’s License page.
Edgewood College Transportation:
Edgewood College offers a FREE parking shuttle for all students, faculty and staff as an alternative to parking on campus. The program has been designed to reduce the stress associated with parking and commuting to campus. It also gives members of the community a way to save money and help the environment.
Please visit the Edgewood College Transportation website for more information.
Bus Service within Madison:
The bus system of Madison and surrounding communities is called the Madison Metro. Buses are clean, safe and very convenient to get to most areas of the city from 5:00 a.m. to midnight. There are three bus routes that pass in front of Edgewood College on Monroe Street: #3, #7, and #58. Madison Metro busses have very precise schedules. The first time you ride a bus, you will be able to pick up a “Ride Guide,” which lists all routes and pick-up times. You can also check routes and download the “Ride Guide” from the City of Madison Metro Transit website.
Edgewood students can ride the bus for $10 per semester. Go to the Security Office with your Edgewood College ID to obtain a bus pass. The pass is only valid for one semester, so you will need to obtain a new pass each semester. Students need to be enrolled and have paid all fees for the current semester to obtain a bus pass. There is a $25 fee to replace a lost pass.
Each time you board a Madison Metro bus with an Edgewood Pass, you need to show the driver your Edgewood ID and then slide your bus pass through the magnetic “pass reader.” In the summer if you are not taking a class at Edgewood or are not working on campus, you can buy boarding passes each time you board the bus or purchase a pass from Madison Metro. If you have any questions regarding the bus service, you can contact Madison Metro directly at their Customer Service Center (608) 266-4466 or visit http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/metro/metro.html.
Bus Service To Nearby Cities:
While living in Madison, you can easily travel to the following nearby cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. You can purchase tickets for the following bus companies at Essentials located on the first floor of the Wisconsin Union at 800 Langdon Street [(608)265-3000]. https://apps.union.wisc.edu/publictransportation.htm
*Note: The ticket prices listed below are subject to change. Please contact the Wisconsin Union for the most current prices.
-Van Galder Bus:
Daily service to Downtown Chicago, O’Hare Airport, Midway Airport, Janesville, Beloit and Rockford.
Tickets are available at the Essentials Store on the first floor of Memorial Union. UW-Madison, Edgewood College, MATC, Wesli students and Union members can purchase the special $44 round trip tickets to O’Hare and downtown Chicago. One-way tickets may be purchased to O’Hare airport and downtown Chicago for $29. One-way tickets to Midway may be purchased for $31. Tickets to Janesville, Beloit and Rockford are also available at Essentials Store.
Megabus is the first, low-cost, express bus service to offer city center-to-city center travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Since launching in April 2006, megabus.com has served more than 30 million customers throughout more than 100 cities across North America. The luxury single and double deckers offer free wi-fi, at-seat plug ins, panoramic windows and a green alternative way to travel. The bus leaves from University of Wisconsin Memorial Union with destinations such as St. Paul, Minneapolis and Chicago.
Tickets are available at the Essentials Store in Memorial Union. OW tickets to downtown Milwaukee (Goerke’s Corners/84th Street) for $19 or RT for $38. Tickets to Mitchell Field are $22 OW and $44 RT. We also sell 10 pack tickets to Milwaukee—$135, to Mitchell—$160, and to Johnson Creek—$100.
Taxis in Madison can be very expensive depending on where you need to go. Remember that you always need to call a taxi company because you cannot hail a cab.
Union Cab of Madison Cooperative
Green Cab of Madison Inc.
Badger Cab Co Inc.