Getting Around

The Madison Metro Transit System is a good way to get around the city, although coverage is spotty in some neighbourhoods farther from the centre of town. Visitors planning to regularly travel outside of the city centre will find that hiring a car is the easiest way to get around.

Drivers unaccustomed to snowy conditions should note that the roads can be treacherous in the winter and so taxis may be a better choice. However, they must be booked by phone. Ride-hailing apps, such as Lyft and Uber, operate in the area.


Dane County Airport

The airport is located five miles (8km) northeast of Madison.

Dane County Airport (MSN)


The airport is located five miles (8km) northeast of Madison.

Getting to the city

The Madison Metro Transit System Route 20 bus runs to the airport every 30 minutes on weekdays, and every 60 minutes in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. Travellers going to downtown Madison should take the westbound bus marked 'Route 20, North Transfer Point', while those heading east can take the bus marked 'Route 20, East Towne Mall'. Many hotels in Madison offer complimentary shuttle transfers from the airport.


GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).

Car rental

Car hire companies operating from the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Car rental desks are located in the baggage claim area.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are located at Door 7, at the north end of the baggage claim area. Taxi companies operating in the area include Green Cab, Badger Cab, Union Cab, and Madison Taxi. Ride-hailing apps such as Lyft also operate out of Dane County Airport.


Airport facilities include a business centre and conference rooms, massage services, a first aid station, information desks, pet relief areas, baby-changing and breast-feeding facilities, a family lounge, newsstands, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars, and public phones. Disabled services are available.


Short and long-term parking is located directly across from the terminal, while the economy lot is roughly a ten-minute walk away. The first 15 minutes are free in the Hourly (Ramp) Lot, then $1 for 15 to 30 minutes, $2 for 30 to 60 minutes, $3 for 60 to 90 minutes and $4 for90 minutes to two hours. Thereafter, parking is $2 per hour with a $16 daily limit. Daily rates are $10 in the Long Term (Ramp) Lot, $8 per day in the Surface Lot, and $6 per day in the Economy Lot.