Getting Around Madison

One of the best options for transportation in and around Madison, WI is the bus system. With over 60 different routes serving downtown Madison and its suburbs, the bus has extensive coverage of the places you'll most likely want to go, and there are hundreds of bus stops all over the city. Hours of operation vary depending on the route. You can purchase a single ticket onboard the bus, or you can buy a One-Day Pass, which offers you unlimited access to all buses in Madison on the day that you buy it. You can also buy a 10-Ride Card, which gives you ten rides on the bus at a discounted price, or a 31-Day Pass, which offers unlimited rides for 31 consecutive days. The One-Day Pass, the 10-Ride Card, and the 31-Day Pass can be purchased on the City of Madison's website, or can be purchased via mail and paid for by check.

Another great way to get in and around Madison is by bike. Madison is constantly ranked as one of the top cities in the U.S. for biking, and it shows in the numerous on-street bike lanes and off-street bike paths. If you're downtown, you can take part in Madison's bike share program, B-cycle. B-cycle allows you to rent a bike from one of the many stations for however long you want, be it an hour or two for a quick shopping trip, or an entire day for a fun biking excursion outside of town. You can return the bike when you're done to any of the B-cycle stations, which makes it very convenient, as you don't have to backtrack.

If you want to explore Madison fully, you should consider renting a car. While downtown Madison is easily accessible by public transportation and bike, it can be slightly inconvenient to get to other areas of Madison without a vehicle. There are multiple car rental companies in the city, including all of the big national brands like Enterprise, Avis, Budget, and Hertz. If you only need a car for a few hours, you should consider using Zipcar. Zipcar lets you rent a car by the hour, as opposed to renting it daily. It's great for those times when you don't need a car all day but would really like to have one for a few hours.