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

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Bus  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$27 - $65

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Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Iowa City 222.6 miles

$21 - $35

Fly to Cedar Rapids  •  4 h 21 min

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

$144 - $740

Fly to Moline, bus  •  4 h 39 min

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

Fly to Burlington, bus  •  5 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Burlington (BRL) ORD - BRL
  2. Take the bus from Burlington, IA to Iowa City, IA

$98 - $139

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

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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 4 h 45 min and costs .

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The bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA takes 4 h 45 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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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 4 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 4 h 21 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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

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

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  • Distance: 202.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 45 min

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

Burlington Trailways operates a bus from Chicago to Iowa City hourly. Tickets cost $27 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 45 min. Windstar also services this route once daily. Alternatively, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Iowa City every 3 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Burlington
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $120
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $65
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
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs .

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