Getting Around

Campus Aerial ViewThe UW-Madison campus is spread out over 933 acres so you could have a large distance between classes. Several options for getting around campus make it easier for you to get to your destination.

Campus Map

Use the interactive campus map to locate your classroom buildings and other destinations. Search the map for your destination and get directions on how to get there on time using your preferred mode of transportation. 


Free campus bus service
Routes 80 and 84 are free daytime bus routes that anyone can use.  Route 80 service is provided from approximately 6:30 am until 1:30 am (later on Fridays and Saturdays) and busses run with great frequency - on average every 7 minutes during peak times.  Route 80 travels to most campus locations.  Route 84 is the Eagle Heights express and operates only on weekday afternoons.  Service calendar for Routes 80 & 84

Routes 81 & 82 provide free nighttime service to popular student housing neighborhoods near campus. Service calendar for Routes 81 & 82

Campus bus system

ASM bus pass
The Associated Students of Madison (ASM) bus pass program provides Madison Metro bus passes to all UW-Madison students paying segregated fees including University Special students (Senior and Guest auditors do not qualify for a bus pass).  The free bus pass is good for unlimited rides on the local Madison Meto bus system anywhere in the city!  You must be enrolled in classes and have obtained your Wiscard (photo ID) to pick up your free bus pass:  ASM bus pass program  


Madison is a bicycle-friendly city and the UW-Madison campus is no exception, so biking is a great way to get around.  It is easy to park a bike on campus and you will find racks next to almost all buildings.  The racks are free but it is possible to rent space in bike lockers.  Campus bike information.

In Wisconsin, bicycles are considered vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as cars.  Ride with traffic and obey all traffic signals and signs.  Learn more about bike registration, routes, laws, and more at the City of Madison Bike Madison webpage.  Also, all Madison Metro busses are equipped with bike racks.   

B-cycle - You will see several B-cycle stations throughout campus and the city.  Join for a year for a nominal fee and ride free for trips under 30 minutes.  

Red Bike Project - The Red Bike program offers reconditioned bikes (painted red, of course) that can be used on campus and around the community for free! 

Lakeshore Path Walk/Bike


Walking is an ideal way to get around campus and experience all its beauty.  There are many miles of sidewalks and pedestrian paths including the scenic Lakeshore Path.

At night, use the Lightway Walking Path. In case of emergency, there are over 60 emergency phones are located throughout campus.  Most emergency phones have a blue light above them and are labeled "911-Emergency." You can also utilize SAFEwalk Escorts when traveling at night.


Campus parking permits are very limited so we recommend you avoid driving to campus if at all possible.  Many commuting students park near campus and then use their free bus pass to ride Madison Metro to their campus destination.  If you need to drive to campus, consult Transportation Services to learn about campus parking options.  

Parking for people with disabilities
Students with a state Department of Transportation disabled parking permit can purchase a University disabled permit which allows parking in designated stalls throughout campus.