Taking transit to UW-Madison is easier and more convenient than you might think. With the variety of routes, catching a Madison Metro bus is less stressful and better for the environment than driving alone to campus. Find out all you need through the links at the right!
Campus Bus Routes
The UW campus bus routes are fare-free for all riders. All campus bus stops (with real-time pick-up info) can be found on the interactive campus map. You can also find route schedules and maps in the Fall 2020 UW Campus Transit Ride Guide (PDF).
- Routes 80 and 84 provide daytime service. Service calendar for Routes 80 and 84
- Routes 80, 81, and 82 provide nighttime service. Service calendar for Routes 81 and 82
When riding the campus bus, be sure to remain behind the yellow standee line at the front of the bus for safety. Standing beyond this line obscures the driver’s view and can lead to crashes. All campus buses are kneeling buses, capable of transporting wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.
Madison Metro City Routes
Madison Metro routes run within campus and throughout the city of Madison. Select routes also run to nearby areas, such as Fitchburg, Middleton, and Monona.
For more information, visit the Madison Metro website or call (608) 266-4466.
Want to keep route and schedule information on hand? Use the online Ride Guide or pick up a hard copy on any Madison Metro bus or at any Transportation Services office.
Check Madison Metro’s detour page for up-to-date detours for campus and city routes.
Material transport on Madison Metro buses
The research and medical functions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW Hospital require occasional material transport across campus. Madison Metro restricts, and may deny, the transport of any item on its buses. Materials Metro generally restricts includes, but is not limited to: flammable liquids; dangerous, toxic or poisonous substances; storage batteries; vessels containing caustic materials, chemicals, acids or alkalis; fishing rods which are not broken down or have unsecured or exposed hooks or lures; ski poles unless secured to skis or have tip covers; sheet glass and sharp objects. Metro may also deny transport of any other item the driver perceives as hazardous. To reduce the likelihood of UW research materials that are not infectious or do not otherwise present a safety threat being rejected for transport on Metro buses, Transportation Services has implemented the Metro bus material transport policy.
Please use the Metro Bus Material Transport Label (PDF) when transporting such materials.
Campus bus and accessible transportation study
In 2018 and 2013, transportation consultants completed studies of the UW-Madison on-campus accessible transportation and campus bus services.
Transportation Services will reference the recommendations and may use for future implementation, as appropriate.