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There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Iowa City by bus, car or plane

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Bus Burlington Trailways  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1203 / ...

$40 - $60

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Bus Suburban Express  •  6h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa 731ia

$23 - $36

3 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 42m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Iowa City 222.6 miles

$21 - $35

Fly to Cedar Rapids  •  4h 27m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID

$138 - $728

Fly to Moline, bus  •  4h 42m

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Moline (MLI) ORD - MLI
  2. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Iowa City is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Iowa City is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3h 42m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Iowa City, IA. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 45m.

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The distance between Chicago and Iowa City is 203 miles. The road distance is 222.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Iowa City without a car is to bus which takes 4h 45m and costs $40 - $60.

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The bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA takes 4h 45m including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Chicago to Iowa City bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Iowa City is to bus which takes 4h 45m and costs $40 - $60. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $130 - $750 and takes 4h 27m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 1m.

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Chicago to Iowa City bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Iowa City, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 202.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 45m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Iowa City, IA, USA?

Burlington Trailways operates a bus from Chicago to Iowa City 4 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 4h 45m. Windstar also services this route once daily. Alternatively, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Iowa City every 3 hours.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
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busline.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Iowa City is 223 miles. It takes approximately 3h 42m to drive from Chicago to Iowa City.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport.

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There are 35+ hotels available in Iowa City. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs $2 - $5.

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