There are 9 ways to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Hiawatha Service
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$55 - $124

Cheapest option

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL 4932 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$38 - $99

7 alternative options

Bus Suburban Express  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Take the bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa 731ia

$44 - $68

Train, bus via Galesburg Amtrak  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Galesburg Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Galesburg Amtrak to Davenport, IA
  4. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA

$113 - $229

Drive  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Iowa City 263.6 miles

$25 - $40

Fly Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Cedar Rapids (CID) MKE - CID

$184 - $937

Fly Milwaukee to Moline, bus  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Moline (MLI) MKE - MLI
  2. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Cedar Rapids  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID

$163 - $768

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Moline, bus  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Moline (MLI) ORD - MLI
  3. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

What companies run services between Milwaukee, WI, USA and Iowa City, IA, USA?

You can take a bus from Milwaukee to Iowa City via Chicago, IL in around 7 h 18 min. Alternatively, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines fly from Milwaukee to Iowa City hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Avg. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Avg. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Moline via Denver
Avg. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Avg. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Avg. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Avg. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Avg. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Avg. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Avg. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Avg. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Avg. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Avg. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Avg. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Avg. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Moline via Detroit
Avg. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Moline via Minneapolis
Avg. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Moline via Atlanta
Avg. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Avg. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
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Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Galesburg Amtrak
Avg. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
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Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Room
$180 - $260
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
Avg. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Galesburg Amtrak to Davenport, IA
Avg. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA
Avg. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago, IL
Avg. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
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Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Coach USA
Phone
201-225-7500
Website
coachusa.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Avg. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
coachusa.com
Book at
coachusaairportexpress.com
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa
Avg. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
Book at
busline.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Avg. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Milwaukee to Iowa City?

The distance between Milwaukee and Iowa City is 335 km. The road distance is 422 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City?

The cheapest way to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City is to drive which costs $30 and takes 4 h 18 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City?

The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City is to drive which takes 4 h 18 min and costs $30.

Is there a direct bus between Milwaukee and Iowa City?

No, there is no direct bus from Milwaukee to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Milwaukee, WI and arriving at Iowa City, IA via Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 18 min.

How long does it take to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City?

It takes approximately 7 h 10 min to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City, including transfers.