There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Iowa City by 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.

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Bus  •  4 h 45 min

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

$27 - $65

4 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Iowa City 222.6 miles

$21 - $35

Fly to Cedar Rapids  •  4 h 26 min

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

$144 - $740

Fly to Moline, bus  •  4 h 41 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 56 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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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Iowa City is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Iowa City is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 42 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 bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA takes 4 h 45 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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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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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
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 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
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
Estimated price
$29
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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