The cheapest times to fly from DTW to MSN are

  • January 8th to February 25th
  • April 23rd to May 13th
  • July 30th to November 18th (except the weeks of August 20th and October 8th)
  • early December

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DTW to MSN is early to mid May. Prices can be as high as $376 for Sunday flights during mid March, or as low as $199 for Tuesday flights around early to mid May.


When to Fly to Madison

Flying from Detroit, MI (DTW) to Madison, WI (MSN) will usually cost between $209 to $321 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid May with an average ticket price of $228. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid March, with an average price of $307. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $79 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $244 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DTW to MSN flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DTW to MSN route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DTW to MSN Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DTW to MSN flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Detroit. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.49, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $58 (22%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $211. Return trip prices are from the MSN to DTW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DTW to MSN can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 32 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from DTW to MSN while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, IL

  • 108 miles (174 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 20.90% less expensive than MSN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to ORD flights

Destination alternative #2: Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, IL

  • 131 miles (211 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 13.11% less expensive than MSN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to MLI flights

Destination alternative #3: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) in Chicago, IL

  • 124 miles (200 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 12.09% less expensive than MSN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to MDW flights

Destination alternative #4: La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE) in La Crosse, WI

  • 109 miles (175 km) away from MSN
  • Usually 10.86% less expensive than MSN
  • Nonstop flights available

See DTW to LSE flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DTW to MSN? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, Frontier, Iberia, Qantas, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Dane County Regional-Truax Field Airport to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 311 miles or 501 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DTW to MSN?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DTW to MSN flight is about 1 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Detroit, MI and Madison, WI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 53 available flights from DTW to MSN.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeDTW
Origination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeMSN
Destination airport nameDane County Regional-Truax Field Airport
CityMadison, WI
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from DTW to MSN tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 34% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 8% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave MSN heading for DTW about 20 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Madison, WI is about 12 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Delta: 40 minutes late
  • SkyWest: 14 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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