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There are 8 ways to get from Buffalo to Iowa City by plane, bus, train or car

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

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Fly to Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Buffalo (BUF) to Cedar Rapids (CID) BUF - CID

$184 - $887

Cheapest option

Train, bus via Bensenville  •  19 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Buffalo Depew Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the bus from Oakbrook. IL - Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa 731ia

$105 - $263

6 alternative options

Fly to Moline, bus  •  7 h 11 min

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

Bus, Megabus  •  16 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Buffalo, Ny to Cleveland, Oh 248
  2. Take the Megabus from Cleveland to Chicago, IL
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville

Train, bus via Naperville  •  17 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Buffalo Depew Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville
  3. Take the bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA

$140 - $351

Train, bus  •  18 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Buffalo Depew Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1203 / ...

$119 - $289

Train, bus via Galesburg Amtrak  •  19 h 32 min

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

$179 - $421

Drive  •  12 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Buffalo to Iowa City 744.2 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Buffalo to Iowa City is to drive which costs $70 - $110 and takes 12 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Buffalo to Iowa City is to fly which costs $180 - $900 and takes 6 h 59 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Buffalo to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Buffalo, Ny and arriving at Iowa City - Coralville via Chester Av & E 15Th St, Cleveland and Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 36 min.

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The distance between Buffalo and Iowa City is 656 miles. The road distance is 744.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Iowa City without a car is to bus and Megabus which takes 16 h 36 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 59 min to get from Buffalo to Iowa City, including transfers.

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Buffalo to Iowa City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Buffalo, Ny station.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Iowa City is to fly which takes 6 h 59 min and costs $180 - $900. Alternatively, you can bus and Megabus, which costs and takes 16 h 36 min.

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There is no direct flight from Buffalo Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 58 min and has one stopover.

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Buffalo to Iowa City bus services, operated by Windstar, arrive at Iowa City - Coralville station.

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Map of how to get from Buffalo to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 655.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 59 min

What companies run services between Buffalo, NY, USA and Iowa City, IA, USA?

United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines fly from Buffalo to Iowa City hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Buffalo to Iowa City via Cleveland, Oh, Chester Av & E 15Th St, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center Stop #9, Cleveland, and Chicago, IL in around 16 h 36 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Buffalo to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Buffalo to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Buffalo to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Buffalo to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Buffalo to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Buffalo to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Buffalo to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Newark, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Buffalo to Moline via Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Train 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
Train from Buffalo Depew Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$150 - $220
Room
$330 - $460
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$21 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Room
$130 - $180
Train from Chicago Union Station to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Room
$180 - $260
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Buffalo, Ny to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $60
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Galesburg, IL to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Galesburg to Davenport
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Oakbrook. IL - Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
Book at
busline.com

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Iowa City is 1 h behind Buffalo. It is currently 4:46 AM in Buffalo and 3:46 AM in Iowa City.

Yes, the driving distance between Buffalo to Iowa City is 744 miles. It takes approximately 12 h 13 min to drive from Buffalo to Iowa City.

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United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Buffalo Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport.

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There are 36+ hotels available in Iowa City. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Buffalo to Buffalo Airport is to line 204 bus which takes 17 min and costs $2.

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