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Dane County Airport

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)


A small municipal airport serving Madison and south-central Wisconsin, Dane County Regional Airport is a quietly efficient facility often overlooked by travellers heading to the much larger airport in Milwaukee.

Serving roughly 1.5 million passengers each year, Dane County Regional Airport offers non-stop service to 13 airports around the US, including Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, and Washington DC.

The airport is small and relaxed, with a few shops and restaurants in the terminal. However, it has a reputation for thorough security screening, so passengers should be prepared for no nonsense at security checkpoints.


The airport is located five miles (8km) northeast of Madison.

Getting to the city

The Madison Metro Transit System Route 20 bus runs to the airport every 30 minutes on weekdays, and every 60 minutes in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. Travellers going to downtown Madison should take the westbound bus marked 'Route 20, North Transfer Point', while those heading east can take the bus marked 'Route 20, East Towne Mall'. Many hotels in Madison offer complimentary shuttle transfers from the airport.


GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).


Tel: (608) 246 3380

Car rental

Car hire companies operating from the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Car rental desks are located in the baggage claim area.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are located at Door 7, at the north end of the baggage claim area. Taxi companies operating in the area include Green Cab, Badger Cab, Union Cab, and Madison Taxi. Ride-hailing apps such as Lyft also operate out of Dane County Airport.


Airport facilities include a business centre and conference rooms, massage services, a first aid station, information desks, pet relief areas, baby-changing and breast-feeding facilities, a family lounge, newsstands, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars, and public phones. Disabled services are available.


Short and long-term parking is located directly across from the terminal, while the economy lot is roughly a ten-minute walk away. The first 15 minutes are free in the Hourly (Ramp) Lot, then $1 for 15 to 30 minutes, $2 for 30 to 60 minutes, $3 for 60 to 90 minutes and $4 for90 minutes to two hours. Thereafter, parking is $2 per hour with a $16 daily limit. Daily rates are $10 in the Long Term (Ramp) Lot, $8 per day in the Surface Lot, and $6 per day in the Economy Lot.



Flights to Dane County Regional Airport are available on Continental Express, Frontier Airlines and Delta Air Lines.


WiFi is available throughout the airport.

Business Lounges

There is a business centre near Gate 8 with individual workstations and copy and fax services. The Robert B Skuldt Conference Room is also available for public use.

Dane County Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.