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Madison Dane County Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Dane County Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Luckily just close to the check in counters there are a bunch of couches in the waiting room, including full three seat couches that are perfect for sleeping on. – methy

MSN Airport Overview

madison airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport.

What to Expect

Dane County Airport (code: MSN) consists of a small, recently renovated terminal with several eateries and shops, located primarily on the airside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

The airport terminal officially closes after the last flight arrival or departure of each day, and does not open again until 4:00AM. There are hotels located near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Madison Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Best Western East Towne Suites – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available from 6:00AM to 11:00PM (requires 24-hour advance seat reservation). » Check Rates
  • Crowne Plaza Madison – (15 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Howard Johnson Madison – (15 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Madison Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at this airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Madison Airport. Connect to the “msnairport” network.

If you are not travelling with a mobile device, internet terminals are available in the business center.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Art at the Airport – Before your flight, be sure to check out the airport’s art exhibit located in Art Court, landside.

Baby Care Facilities – Feed and care for your baby in comfort and privacy in one of the Mothers’ Lounges. Each Mothers’ Lounge is equipped with a baby-changing table, wash basin, comfy leather chair, table, and more. Location: Concourse, airside, opposite Gate 8 (the room is labeled “2082”) • Concourse, airside, between Gates 5 and 6 (the room is labeled “2024”) • A third Mothers’ Lounge is located within the “Family Lounge” room, located landside opposite the United Express ticketing counter.

Business Services – Fax and copy services are available at the Airport Administration Office. Location: airside, across from Gate 8. Hours: 8:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is not available. The airport offers a small selection of shops including Lake Country Travel Mart (Landside) and CNBC News, Xpress News and a Souvenir shop can all be found Airside.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules with most open from the 1st flight to the last flight. Food options include:

  • Landside: Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea
  • Airside: Ancora Artisan Coffee & Tea • Madtown Gastropub • Metcalfe’s Local To Go • Vinoteca Wine & Tapas.

Information Desk – There is an Information spot in the arrivals/baggage claim area, it is not known if this a manned information desk.

Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Smarte Carts are available for use at the airport.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massages – Feel your stress melt away with a foot or chair massage at Touch and Go Massage. 5 – 30 minute massages available. Locations: 2nd level concourse, airside, across from Gate 6.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available. Location: Landside. Hours; Unknown.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the airport. There is a designated smoking section outside the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM – until the last evening flight. This statement is made on their web site: ” The terminal is closed temporarily each evening for maintenance and cleaning. Overnight guests are not permitted.”


Madison airport is served by the following airlines: American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Metro Bus Route 20 runs between the North Transfer Point and East Towne Mall, via the airport. Take a “Route 20 – North Transfer Point” bus to head towards downtown Madison and the UW campus area, or a “Route 20 – East Towne Mall” bus to head towards the MATC campus area and East Towne Mall. Departures are every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on the weekends and holidays. For route maps, schedules and fares, visit the City of Madison website.

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are available near Door 6 of the baggage claim area. Onsite car rental agencies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Hertz • National.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Shuttles pick up at the median near Door 5. Some of the hotels can be reached by direct-dial courtesy phone, located between Bag Claims 1 and 2. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western East Towne Suites   •   Best Western Plus Inn on the Park   •   Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison   •   Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center   •   Comfort Inn & Suites Madison Airport   •   Crowne Plaza Hotel Madison   •   DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison East   •   Graduate Madison   •   Hilton Madison Monona Terrace   •   HotelRED  •   Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison   •   Hyatt Place Madison   •   Madison Concourse Hotel   •   The Edgewater.

See Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area outside of Door 7, at the north end of the baggage claim area.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.