Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, sits around the shores of beautiful Lake Mendota and Lake Monona and there are 2 others within city limits, earning Madison the nickname ‘the city of 4 lakes’. Madison is known for its foodie culture and laid-back vibe, making it a great destination for a relaxing getaway. The busiest season for tourists is summer, when you’ll enjoy high temperatures of 81 – 84 degrees Fahrenheit and plenty of fun things to do. Book flights and rooms in advance for your summer vacation, because it will be busy. If you visit during the winter, you can enjoy a different sort of vacation. With temperatures ranging from 28 – 34 degrees Fahrenheit, and plenty of snow, you can go sledding, alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating. Airfares and accommodation are easy to book during the winter, so it might be the best time to visit Madison WI. During the fall, Madison’s daily high temperatures range widely and by November, it can be downright cold, with highs of only 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you visit during spring, the rapidly warming temperatures and an exciting line-up of events like Madison on Tap, the Wisconsin Film Festival and the World’s Largest Brat Fest make it a popular time to visit.
$68 is the cheapest deal found on momondo in the last two weeks for a flight to Madison. This flight is from Trenton, New Jersey and is 88% cheaper than most flights to Madison. To find the cheapest price to Madison from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
The cheapest month to fly to Madison from United States is in August. Flight prices, which tend to average around $205, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. If you are unable to visit Madison during the month of August, then departing from United States during the month July is also very affordable. Most momondo users find prices during this month for around $255.
Most flyers found that booking tickets 26 days in advance of their planned departure date is the best time to get cheap flights to Madison. During this timeframe, flight prices are around $313. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United States to Madison for as low as $123.
The cheapest day to depart from United States to Madison is on a Thursday when prices can be found for as low as $339. The most expensive day to fly to Madison is Monday, with ticket prices averaging around $408.
Our most recent data shows that the best time of day to fly to Madison is at noon. Flights from United States to Madison during this time can be as low as $309. Flights in the afternoon are often more expensive with an average ticket price of $383.
Hikers looking for a more family-friendly day in the great outdoors would be best suited to plan their flight to Madison for September, when they can visit Olin Park and enjoy all that the park has to offer.
Skiing is most popular in Madison during the month of January, due to the perfect conditions of colder temperatures combined with a higher chance of snow. These conditions make Granite Peak Ski Area a very popular destination for both tourists and locals. Many momondo users planning trips to multiple ski mountains or resorts in the Madison area will check out Cascade Mountain Ski Area as well.
Those flying to Madison could potentially find better pricing at Chicago Greater Rockford Airport (62 mi from Madison city center), Milwaukee Milwaukee-Mitchell Airport (76 mi from Madison city center), Dubuque Airport (81 mi from Madison city center), Sparta/Fort McCoy Airport (91 mi from Madison city center) or Appleton Outagamie County Airport (93 mi from Madison city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
The cheapest airport near Madison is typically Dubuque Airport with an average price of $501/person. These prices vary based on where travelers are coming from. It is suggested that travelers looking to save money try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
Currently, United States travel restrictions include travel to Madison. The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have passed through or have been in China, Iran, European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland and Brazil in the past 14 days. US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the above countries in the past 14 days may still enter the United States, but must arrive at one of the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas, (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK or EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD). US citizens and permanent residents who have passed through or have been in any of the countries named don't have to isolate for two weeks, unless they have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you are planning to travel to Madison at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
Dane County Airport is a civil-military airfield located 6 miles northeast of downtown Madison. You have several options for travel into the city from the airport.
You can board the Madison Metro bus route 20 outside of door 6 and ride from the airport into Downtown Madison. Make sure to board a bus designated ‘Route 2-North Transfer Point’. An adult fare is $2.00 USD and the trip takes 32 minutes.
You will find the taxis at the north end of baggage claim, at door 7. The fare into downtown is between $7.00 USD – $10.00 USD and the ride takes just 6 minutes. Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft also serve Madison airport, their pickup zone is between doors 3 and 4 of the terminal.
Several local hotels offer courtesy shuttles to and from the airport. They will pick you up at door 5 if you have pre-arranged this service.
If you would like to drive yourself while visiting Madison, it is definitely worth checking for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Madison is a biker’s dream, and easy to get around on foot as well. With four lakes within city limits, and many miles of walking and biking trails, a car is not necessary unless you plan to venture outside of the city. If your feet get weary, you can use the reliable bus system.
The Madison Metro bus network covers the city efficiently, and a single-ride fare is $2.00 USD, or you may buy a day pass for $5.00 USD and enjoy unlimited rides.
Taxis are available and you can expect to pay a meter drop of $4.00 USD, followed by around $3.00 USD per mile. If you use Uber or Lyft, you can generally get a better rate, except perhaps during rush hour.
The opportunity to get around on two wheels is not to be missed, as long as the weather is cooperative. You can rent a bike from several local companies, or use the cities bike-share program, Madison Bcycle. Simply buy a membership and unlock a bike at over 35 stations throughout downtown Madison. You may enjoy as many 30-minute rides during the period of your membership as you like. A one day membership costs $6.00 USD.
Madison offers a variety of attractions for tourists including events like Rhythm and Booms, a music and fireworks festival that features air force jet fly-pasts, the Taste of Madison, a delight for foodies, and more. Here are a few suggestions for your itinerary, when you travel to Madison WI.
Madison can experience very heavy snowfall during the winter, so remember to pack appropriate clothing including boots, warm outerwear, gloves, and hats for a winter visit. If you aren’t accustomed to driving in snow, leave it to the locals and call for a taxi!
Foodies who want a taste of chef Tory Miller’s expertise, (he beat Bobby Flay, after all!) have 4 restaurants in Madison from which to choose – L’Etoile, Graze, Sujeo, and Estrellón are all under his direction.