May 3 – 5, 2023
UW-Madison Data Science Institute
US/Central timezone

Travel, Accommodation and Local Information

We have prepared a convenient map with key places and food options.


A block of 20 rooms has been secured at the Graduate Hotel, just steps away from the University. Reservations can be made here, or by applying group code 9471541 on the reservation screen. Another 10 rooms have been secured at the Hilton Monona Terrace, located downtown near the Capitol building, just 10 minutes from campus by car. Reservations can be made here or by applying group code "DSI" on the reservation screen. All rooms are available at a discounted rate of $109.

Traveling by Car

Madison is located in south-central Wisconsin and is accessible via several major highways. Madison is:

  • 78 miles or a 1 ½-hour drive from Milwaukee, via Interstate 94
  • 147 miles or a 2 ½-hour drive from Chicago, via Interstate 90
  • 269 miles or a 4 ½-hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul, via Interstate 94
  • 93 miles or a 2-hour drive from Dubuque, via US 151

Please allow 20-30 minutes to reach campus, find parking and travel to your destination.

Traveling by Bus

Long distance intercity bus services providing scheduled service to Madison include Badger Coach, Greyhound, Jefferson Lines, Megabus and Van Galder bus lines. There are daily connections to Milwaukee and Chicago airports, and Amtrak in Chicago. Many buses stop at Memorial Union.

Traveling by Plane

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), on Madison’s northeast side, provides regional and national air service to and from Madison. Taxis and city bus service is available from the airport.

Parking on or near campus is limited. Allow extra time in your schedule to find parking. Visitor parking is available in city-run ramps and lots; and in university garages and ramps. Street parking near campus is usually restricted to two hours.

Getting Around Campus:

UW-Madison’s interactive campus map can be found here, which can be used to highlight dining options, bus routes, parking, and more.

Public Parking on Campus

The campus map shows locations of public parking on campus, including a realtime count of open spots in each public lot.

Or, check online for current parking availability in campus ramps and garages, or visit the Transportation Services drive-through location at 21 North Park St. upon arrival. You may purchase a daily parking ticket in advance by completing this online form.

City Parking Ramps

Parking close to the east side of campus is available at the city’s State Street Campus Ramp, located north of University Avenue with entrances on both Lake and Frances streets.

WiFi on Campus

The “eduroam” is available most places on campus, along with the main UWNet. Guest access is available with registration; more information and links can be found here.

Dining on campus

We have prepared this convenient map with key places and food options. With restaurants in the two student unions, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and nine delis in campus buildings, the Wisconsin Union offers a wide assortment of foods to conquer any hunger and to fit any schedule and budget.

A trip to UW–Madison wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store, the oldest university dairy plant in the United States. Best known for ice cream, Babcock also makes cheeses and locally produced milk. Visitors may view dairy plant observations via the second floor observation deck.

The Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery offers two unique dining venues: a café and a restaurant with a full-service menu.

Dining in Madison

Madison offers a fantastic array of dining options from ethnic to continental cuisines to burgers and everything in between! For a comprehensive list of dining options in the downtown area, contact Madison’s Central Business Improvement District. For a list of dining options in Madison and surrounding communities, visit the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau.