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There are 8 ways to get from Detroit 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  •  5h 33m

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Cedar Rapids (CID) DTW - CID

$178 - $375

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Bus  •  12h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il 5515 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa 731ia

$55 - $114

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Fly to Moline, bus  •  5h 45m

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

Train, bus via Naperville  •  10h 48m

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak Station 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

$92 - $223

Megabus, bus  •  11h

  1. Take the Megabus from Downtown Detroit to Chicago
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville West Bound

Train, bus  •  12h 13m

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station Wolverine
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1203 / ...

$92 - $192

Train, bus via Galesburg Amtrak Station  •  12h 52m

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

$125 - $275

Drive  •  7h 55m

  1. Drive from Detroit to Iowa City 489.8 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Detroit to Iowa City is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 7h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Detroit to Iowa City is to fly which costs $170 - $380 and takes 5h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Downtown Detroit and arriving at Iowa City - Coralville via Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h.

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The distance between Detroit and Iowa City is 440 miles. The road distance is 489.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Iowa City without a car is to train and bus which takes 10h 48m and costs $90 - $230.

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It takes approximately 5h 33m to get from Detroit to Iowa City, including transfers.

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Detroit to Iowa City bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Downtown Detroit station.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Iowa City is to fly which takes 5h 33m and costs $170 - $380. Alternatively, you can Megabus and bus, which costs and takes 11h.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 55m.

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

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Map of how to get from Detroit to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 440.5 miles
  • Duration: 5h 33m

What companies run services between Detroit, MI, USA and Iowa City, IA, USA?

Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Detroit to Iowa City every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Detroit to Iowa City via Chicago, IL in around 11h.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $450
Flights from Detroit to Moline
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $480
Flights from Detroit to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $550
Flights from Detroit to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
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 Detroit Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h 59m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
33m
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 Station
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
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
41m
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
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Galesburg, IL to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $28
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
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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 Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $80
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
Book at
busline.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 Amtrak to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com

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Iowa City is 1h behind Detroit. It is currently 9:50 PM in Detroit and 8:50 PM in Iowa City.

Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to Iowa City is 490 miles. It takes approximately 7h 55m to drive from Detroit to Iowa City.

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Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Detroit 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 Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 54m and costs $2.

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