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

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Bus  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Bloomington/Normal, IL to Davenport, IA 8893 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA 1201 / ...

$49 - $70

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Drive  •  3h 11m

  1. Drive from Bloomington to Iowa City 195.1 miles

$19 - $28

Fly Bloomington to Cedar Rapids  •  7h 22m

  1. Fly from Bloomington (BMI) to Cedar Rapids (CID) BMI - CID

$337 - $1,324

Fly Bloomington to Moline, bus  •  8h 30m

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

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Cedar Rapids  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Normal, IL - ISU to Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID

$155 - $748

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The cheapest way to get from Bloomington to Iowa City is to drive which costs $19 - $28 and takes 3h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Bloomington to Iowa City is to drive which costs $19 - $28 and takes 3h 11m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Bloomington to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Bloomington/Normal, IL and arriving at Iowa City, IA via Davenport, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 5m.

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The distance between Bloomington and Iowa City is 156 miles. The road distance is 195.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Iowa City without a car is to bus which takes 5h 5m and costs $45 - $75.

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It takes approximately 5h 5m to get from Bloomington to Iowa City, including transfers.

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Bloomington to Iowa City bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Bloomington/Normal, IL station.

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Iowa City is to bus which takes 5h 5m and costs $45 - $75. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $330 - $1,400 and takes 7h 22m.

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There is no direct flight from Bloomington Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 6m and has one stopover.

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Bloomington 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 Bloomington to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 156 miles
  • Duration: 5h 5m

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

You can take a bus from Bloomington to Iowa City via Davenport, IA in around 5h 5m. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from Bloomington to Iowa City every 3 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Bloomington to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Bloomington to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $1,800
Flights from Bloomington to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,900
Flights from Bloomington to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Bloomington to Moline via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,800
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Bloomington to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,800
Flights from Bloomington to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,800
Flights from Bloomington to Moline via Atlanta, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
9h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $2,000
Flights from Bloomington to Moline via Atlanta, Detroit
Ave. Duration
9h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $1,900
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
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Bloomington to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Bus operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bloomington/Normal, IL to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Bloomington/Normal, IL to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
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 Normal, IL - ISU to Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Bloomington to Iowa City is 195 miles. It takes approximately 3h 11m to drive from Bloomington to Iowa City.

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Frontier Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Bloomington 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 Bloomington to Bloomington Airport is to bus which takes 32m and costs $1.

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