Madison has a variety of routes to get product and people in and out of the area.


Rail Service

BNSF Railroad imports to Madison propane and fertilizer and export grain. The rail system has other shipping capabilities available.

The Madison area is served by Burlington Northern Railroad twice weekly and unit trains are available.


Highway Accessability

SD Highway 34 runs through Madison, and is intersected by US 81. It is 25 miles to Interstate 90 and 17 miles to Interstate 29.


Air Service

The Madison Municipal Airport services private aircraft with a friendly and forward-thinking attitude. As one of the busiest small airports in the state, the Madison Municipal Airport has welcomed the arrival of South Dakota governors, international visitors, and corporate executives. Air travel and freight are available at the Madison Municipal Airport for small non-commercial flights. The airport has lower construction and lease rates when compared to the same hangar space in larger airports. Larger retail companies often base and fly light or twin-engine airplanes from larger cities. Corporate clients often use the airport to travel cross country using turboprops.

Airport contact information:
Phone: Airport Lobby (605) 256-9774
Phone: AWOS (605)427-9389 Freq: 118.35
Madison Municipal Airport's website
Riggin Flight Services Riggin Flight Services, located at the Madison Municipal Airport, offers a wide range of services and classes:

Pilot Training

  • Tailwheel training
  • Bush pilot training
  • Mulit-engine training
  • Designated pilot examiner
  • Seaplane training
  • Instrument training
  • Ag school
  • Ag spraying
Nearest Commercial Airport: 45 minutes
Commercial Airport Name: Joe Foss Field, Sioux Falls
Local Airport: Madison Municipal Airport
FAA Identifier: MDS
Elevation: 1717 ft.
Other Information: The Madison Municipal Airport has one 5,000 foot asphalt runway. Total load bearing capacity is 25,000 pounds. The airport has air ambulance service available on demand.
Airport Communications: CTAF/UNICOM: 122.8
Runway 15/33: Dimensions: 5000 x 75 ft.
  Surface: Concrete
Runway 3/21: Dimensions: 2600 x 200 ft.
  Surface: turf, in good condition
  Runway edge markings: RY 03/21 MKD WITH BLACK & WHITE CONES.
Lobby: Open 24 hours for all pilots.
Telephone and restrooms: Available
Courtesy car: Upon request by contacting airport manager.


Sioux Falls Regional Airport
The closest commercial airport is Sioux Falls Regional Airport in Sioux Falls, SD, a quick 45 minute drive from Madison. Website:

FIVE great airlines currently provide scheduled passenger service to the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Connections can be made to over 200 domestic cities as well as many international destinations.

  • Frontier
  • Allegiant
  • Delta
  • United
  • American Eagle

Recent News

  • Lake County approves creation of TID for new development in Madison

  • FirstLine Funding Group prepares for new, larger surroundings

  • LAIC erects new spec building

  • 2015: the year of business remodels, City building permits total $8M; county, $16.6M

  • 2015 decisions prepare DSU for 2016 construction

  • City to consider rezoning land for residences

  • Adult ESL classes stay on track

  • Madison Housing Study Is Released