Getting to Madison

By Plane:

Dane County Regional Airport

This (airport code MSN) is located minutes from downtown Madison and offers more than 95 daily arrivals and departures. The airport offers direct, non-stop service from the following locations: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Washington, DC.

Chicago O'Hare/ Chicago Midway Airports

Van Galder Bus Co. runs a very frequent service to and from Chicago O'Hare airport, as well as to and from Chicago Midway airport. Forum organizers have take this service and it is an excellent option instead of a connecting flight. The bus picks up from both domestic and international terminals. 

By Car:

From Milwaukee (1½ hours): From the East via Interstate 94 As you approach the city, follow Highway 30 into Madison. Take the "State Capitol" exit off of Highway 30 and you will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square. 

From Chicago (2½ hours): From the Southeast via Interstate 90 Take the Hwy 12/18 (Beltline) exit to Madison. If you are going to the Alliant Energy Center or Monona Terrace, exit at John Nolen Drive. If you are going to UW-Madison, exit at Park Street and follow north. 

From Minneapolis (4½ hours): From the North via Interstate 90/94 Take I-90/94 to the Highway 151 exit (Southwest) going toward the State Capitol. You will then be on East Washington Avenue, which leads directly to the Capitol Square.

By Bus: 

  • Milwaukee
    • Badger Bus runs a bus several times a day between Madison and downtown Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
    • Greyhound Bus Co. along the major interstate routes (Rockford-Chicago, Milwaukee-Chicago, Minneapolis, La Crosse).
    • megabus offers low-cost bus-service to and from Chicago and Minneapolis.


Getting to the Venue

The National Adaptation Forum coordinators selected Madison in part because of the affordable and convenient public transit from the airport to downtown. You are strongly encouraged to use public transportation to get into downtown. 

Madison Metro Transit System (608) 266-4466 


Route 20 runs between the North Transfer Point and East Towne Mall via the Airport every thirty minutes during weekdays, and hourly weeknights, weekends and holidays. For service from the Airport to downtown Madison or the UW campus area, passengers should board buses reading "Route 20 - North Transfer Point." Buses reading "Route 20 - East Towne Mall" would carry passengers to points east of the airport, including the MATC campus area, and eventually, East Towne Mall.

Getting around Madison

In addition to the public transit options listed in the Getting to the venue section, Madison is highly walkable and is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. Learn more about Madison BCycle here!

Map of Downtown Madison