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While flying into Madison is ideal, it tends to cost a lot more than surrounding airports.  You may consider flying into Chicago or Milwaukee and taking the bus.  Consider the cost to transfer before deciding not to fly into Madison. 

Dane County Regional Airport


3 Miles

Driving Directions

There are rental cars, taxis and local bus service outside the airport. Route 20 provides service to downtown and to within walking distance of Covance. 

General Mitchell International Airport


80 Miles

Driving Directions

Badger Coaches provides service from Milwaukee Airport outside baggage claim to University of Wisconsin with luggage or there are closer stops if you have only carry on.   $23 each way online or $30 each way walk up if space available

Chicago O'Hare International Airport


134 Miles

Driving Directions

Van Galder provides service from O'Hare's bus terminal to the University of Wisconsin.  Several departures each day.

$30 each way

Chicago Midway International Airport


156 Miles

Driving Directions

Van Galder provides service from Midway outside the baggage claim to the University of Wisconsin.  Several departures each day.

$32 each way


Gas Prices:

Price Trends for Madison

Madison Gas Prices Provided by GasBuddy.com




Driving Directions:

From Chicago - 147 Miles

From Milwaukee - 75 Miles

Enter your own starting point


Regional Buses:


busbud (find a bus route

There isn't an official Greyhound Station anymore.  The bus stops at the University of Wisconsin but no tickets are sold.  You have to buy them online.

800 University Ave, same place as Megabus



Megabus provides service between Minneapolis and downtown Chicago.  Some routes are on Van Galder but you still buy through Megabus.

The stop is currently at 800 University Ave though will someday return to the original 800 Langdon St when construction is finished. This is also where you can catch buses to Chicago and Chicago area airports.  See airport section for more details.



No service nearby

However you can catch the Van Galder bus from Chicago Union Station to Madison right outside the station on Canal St.  $30 each way





Union Cab

(608) 242-2000

Madison Taxi

(608) 255-8294

Badger Cab

(608) 256-5566

Badger Cab is a shared taxi and your fare is set by distance rather than actual meter. While it can be cheaper than the meter, it can take longer as the cab may pick up other passengers and or not go the most direct route.  But the fare is set by the point you got on.  

There is now Badger Direct which operates like a traditional metered cab.  You won't have to share the cab but rates will be higher than the shared.

The number for Badger Direct is 608-256-0106


Local Bus:

Metro Transit


(608) 266-4466

Route 34 and Route 6 provide service near Covance.  Weekend schedules vary so check the website if you will be using bus on the weekend.  Route 6 provides service from downtown while Route 34 does not. 

$2.00 one-way

$4.50 day pass




Google map of hotels near Covance

Nothing immediately nearby.  There are some motels and hotels on Washington



Hostelling International

141 South Butler St

Driving Directions

(608) 441-0144


Rates from $24 per night

For a 6 person dorm.

$27 per night for a 4 person dorm

Rates are $3 higher on Friday and Saturdays

$3.00 fee per night for nonmembers

While I strive to research and provide accurate information, things change.  Just Another Lab Rat! is not responsible for inaccuracies!


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Location and Contact Info:

3402 Kinsman Blvd
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

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(866) 429-3700


Recruiting Hours (CST)




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