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

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  •  10 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Carbondale Amtrak to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Champaign, IL to Davenport, IA
  3. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA

$104 - $193

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Carbondale,IL - Amtrak to St. Louis, MO - Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from St Louis, MO to Burlington, IA
  3. Take the bus from Burlington, IA to Iowa City, IA

$72 - $148

6 alternative options

Drive  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Carbondale to Iowa City 402.4 miles

$35 - $60

Amtrak Thruway to St. Louis, fly to Burlington, bus  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Carbondale,IL - Amtrak to St. Louis, MO - Amtrak
  2. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Burlington (BRL) STL - BRL
  3. Take the bus from Burlington, IA to Iowa City, IA

$128 - $306

Fly Marion to St. Louis, bus  •  9 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Marion (MWA) to St. Louis (STL) MWA - STL
  2. Take the bus from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to Burlington, IA
  3. Take the bus from Burlington, IA to Iowa City, IA

$132 - $262

Fly Marion to Burlington, bus  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Marion (MWA) to Burlington (BRL) MWA - BRL
  2. Take the bus from Burlington, IA to Iowa City, IA

$152 - $266

Taxi to Cape Girardeau, fly to Quincy, bus  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Take a taxi from Carbondale to Cape Girardeau
  2. Fly from Cape Girardeau (CGI) to Quincy (UIN) CGI - UIN
  3. Take the bus from Quincy, IL to Burlington, IA
  4. Take the bus from Burlington, IA to Iowa City, IA

$332 - $778

Amtrak Thruway to St. Louis, fly to Des Moines, bus  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Carbondale,IL - Amtrak to St. Louis, MO - Amtrak
  2. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Des Moines (DSM) STL - DSM
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA

$196 - $800

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Carbondale to Iowa City is to drive which costs $35 - $60 and takes 6 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carbondale to Iowa City is to fly and bus which costs $150 - $270 and takes 6 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carbondale to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Carbondale,IL - Amtrak and arriving at Iowa City, IA via St Louis, MO and Burlington, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 20 min.

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The distance between Carbondale and Iowa City is 300 miles. The road distance is 402.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Carbondale to Iowa City without a car is to train and bus which takes 10 h 7 min and costs $100 - $200.

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

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Carbondale to Iowa City bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Carbondale,IL - Amtrak station.

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The quickest flight from St. Louis Airport to Burlington Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Carbondale to Iowa City is 402 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 56 min to drive from Carbondale to Iowa City.

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  • Distance: 300 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 7 min

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

You can take a bus from Carbondale to Iowa City via St. Louis, MO - Amtrak, St Louis, MO, and Burlington, IA in around 10 h 20 min.

Airlines
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Marion to St. Louis
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $100
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from St. Louis to Burlington
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Flights from Marion to Burlington via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $150
Flights from Marion to Burlington via St. Louis, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $470
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from St. Louis to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cape Girardeau to Quincy
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $460
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Carbondale Amtrak to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Room
$190 - $270
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Champaign, IL to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from St Louis, MO to Burlington, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Burlington, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to Burlington, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Quincy, IL to Burlington, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Carbondale,IL - Amtrak to St. Louis, MO - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Other operators
Taxi from Carbondale to Cape Girardeau
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Ace Taxi
Phone
+1 618-549-8294
Website
acetaxi.com

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Air Choice One offers flights from St. Louis Airport to Burlington Airport.

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There are 35+ hotels available in Iowa City. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Carbondale to Marion Airport is to taxi which takes 16 min and costs $35 - $45.

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