Columbus is the Amtrak train station serving the Madison Metro area. All services including car rental and lodging are available there.
Originally built in 1906 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (The Milwaukee Road), the station is well preserved, and looks much as did when first built. The station area also includes an older freight station.
While there are no food vending machines within the depot itself, Columbus offers several restaurants and attractions that are within easy walking distance. The depot has numerous brochures providing information about the Columbus region available within the station, as well as schedules for connecting Amtrak trains in Chicago. The depot also features a bulletin board containing photos of past trips aboard the Empire Builder by former passengers. Also on the wall is a map of Glacier National Park, a popular destination for those travelers on vacation.
Free parking is available at the Columbus station for Amtrak passengers. Overflow parking is available across the tracks from the station on the north end of Dickason Blvd (center-street parking). Passengers leaving a vehicle in this center-street parking area must contact the Columbus Police Department (920-623-5919) to notify them of the make/model of the vehicle and the time-frame for parking.
Columbus is the stop for Amtrak Thruway bus service to/from Madison, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Appleton, and Green Bay. See the link below or at the Empire Builder schedule: https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/timetables/Empire-Builder-Schedule-042918.pdf