There are 7 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  •  5 h 9 min

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

$184 - $387

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Bus Greyhound Canada  •  11 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL 5515 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$55 - $134

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Fly to Moline, bus  •  5 h 30 min

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

Train, bus  •  10 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Wolverine
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$78 - $193

Train, bus via Galesburg Amtrak  •  12 h 35 min

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

$136 - $298

Bus Greyhound USA  •  12 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Davenport, Ia
  3. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA

$80 - $172

Drive  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Iowa City 489.8 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Detroit, MI and arriving at Iowa City, IA via Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 18 min.

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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 10 h 41 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to get from Detroit to Iowa City, including transfers.

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Detroit to Iowa City bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, depart from Detroit, MI station.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Iowa City is to fly which takes 5 h 9 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 11 h 18 min.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 36 min.

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

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Iowa City is 1 h behind Detroit. It is currently 9:58 PM in Detroit and 8:58 PM in Iowa City.

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

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  • Distance: 440.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 9 min

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

Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Detroit to Iowa City every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Detroit to Iowa City via Chicago, IL in around 11 h 18 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $550
Flights from Detroit to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $450
Flights from Detroit to Moline
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
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
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $480
Flights from Detroit to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
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 Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
4 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
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
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 Galesburg Amtrak to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
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
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $40
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80
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 Galesburg to Davenport
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.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.

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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
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Chicago, Il to Davenport, Ia
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $55

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Delta, United Airlines and American 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 $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 49 min and costs .

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