SEJ's 19th Annual Conference Lodging and Transportation





Find a roommate or arrange carpooling. (You'll need your login information.)


Best Western Inn on the Park
22 South Carroll Street
Madison, WI 53703-3309

For reservations, call (800) 279-8811
$104/night for rooms with one bed
$114/night for rooms with two beds

Check-in after 3pm and check-out before noon.

This room block has already been released, but the Inn on the Park will honor the SEJ rates as long as they have rooms. 


The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club is the official site of this year’s annual conference where most sessions, meals and events will take place. Located near the State Capitol, and State Street, The Madison Concourse Hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary wireless Internet access and wireless printing from your guest room.

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
One West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

The Madison Concourse Hotel is full except for Governor's Club level rooms.

For reservations, call the hotel directly at (800) 356-8293. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference to receive the discounted rates.

Room rates: $129 Single or Double / $139 Triple / $144 Quad
(current tax rate is 14.5%)

Reservation deadline is September 9 extended to September 13. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.


1. The AmericInn Madison West
This hotel is not within walking distance and SEJ buses will not stop there, so before booking, please check with the hotel to see when their hotel shuttle runs.

AmericInn Madison West
516 Grand Canyon Drive
Madison WI 53719
(608) 662-1990 or (800) 396-5007
Several rooms available at $89/night.

You MUST identify yourself as part of the Society of Environmental Journalists group in order to obtain this special rate.

2. Free lodging options at homes of friends of SEJ in Madison. If you're still on the fence about attending the conference because your finances aren't the best right now, email your interest and 3 personal references with contact info to the SEJ office and we'll pass it along to those who've offered. 




By Plane:

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)
Madison, WI
6 miles / 15 minutes to hotel

General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
Milwaukee, WI
85 miles / 1.5 hours to hotel
Bus service to downtown Madison available.
(See information below about Badger Coaches)

O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago, IL
135 miles / 2.5 hours to hotel
Bus service to downtown Madison available.
(See information below about Coach USA/Van Galder)

By Car:

Madison is located in south central Wisconsin, and is accessible via several major highways.

1.5 hour drive from Milwaukee (via I-94)
2.5 hour drive from Chicago (via I-90)
4.5 hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul (via I-94)

By Bus:

Flights into Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois are down these days, so take advantage of these lower fares and catch a bus to Madison!

Badger Coaches (608) 255-6771
Services Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport to downtown Madison.

Coach USA/ Van Galder (800) 747-0994
Services Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to downtown Madison.

Greyhound Bus Lines (800) 231-2222

Megabus (877) 462-6342
An inexpensive option; fare can be as low as $1 each way, then increases as seats on the bus fill up. Travels from major cities (in the mid West only) to Chicago. Only $27 from Chicago to Madison.


Return to the main Madison conference page.