Special Campus Bus Service

Madison Metro Transit provides special campus bus routes (80, 81, 81, and 84) that are free to all passengers. Schedules vary by day and time of year, but regularly include late night service to popular housing locations.

Getting Around Orientation Module

The UW-Madison campus is spread out over 3.75 square kilometers 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.

Navigating Around Campus

Students can download the Wisconsin App on a smartphone to find helpful tools including a campus map, bus trip planner, and more. 


The Associated Students of Madison (ASM) bus pass program provides free Madison Metro bus passes to all UW-Madison students paying segregated fees (including VISP). The free bus pass is good for unlimited rides on the local Madison Metro 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.


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. Read about campus bike information from Transportation Services.

In Wisconsin, bicycles are considered vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as cars. Learn more about bike registration, routes, laws, and more at the City of Madison Bike Madison webpage.

B-cycle is a short-term bike rental program. 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 is a long-term bike rental program. The Red Bike program offers reconditioned bikes (painted red, of course) that can be used on campus and around the community for free!


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 when traveling in the campus area at night.