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Distance between Madison (Wisconsin) and Wisconsin Dells

Driving non-stop from Madison (Wisconsin) to Wisconsin Dells

How far is Wisconsin Dells from Madison (Wisconsin)? Here's the quick answer if you drive this relatively short distance without making any stops.

Nonstop drive: 59 miles or 95 km

Driving time: 1 hour, 4 minutes

Even though you can drive this distance straight through, it might be more interesting to stop along the way. You can scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Madison (Wisconsin) to Wisconsin Dells

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Madison, Wisconsin and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 43 miles or 69 km

Flight time: 35 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 16 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.4x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/2th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination.

Madison (Wisconsin) to Wisconsin Dells road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Wisconsin Dells, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 1.5 hours on the road


Start in Madison (Wisconsin).

Drive for about 11 minutes, then stop at Prime Quarter Steak House and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 13 minutes then stop at Mousehouse Cheesehaus and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 10 minutes then stop in DeForest and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 19 minutes then stop at Smokey Hollow Campground and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 15 minutes then stop in Dekorra (Wisconsin) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 30 minutes then stop at Noah's Ark and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 6 minutes and arrive in Wisconsin Dells.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

Plan a trip to Wisconsin Dells

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Wisconsin Dells. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Wisconsin Dells like Noah's Ark. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Wisconsin Dells like Best free things to do in Wisconsin Dells?. Click the button below to explore Wisconsin Dells in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Wisconsin Dells to Madison (Wisconsin), or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Madison (Wisconsin), don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Madison (Wisconsin)!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 59 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 4 minutes
flight distance is 43 miles
flight time of 35 minutes
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11 Wisconsin Dells travel answers

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