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

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Bus Suburban Express  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Oakbrook. IL - Mall 510ia / ...
  2. Take the bus from Oak Brook, IL - Oakbrook Mall to Urbana, IL - U. Of I. Altgeld Hall,

$49 - $70

4 alternative options

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Burlington, IA 1490
  2. Take the bus from Burlington, IL to Champaign, IL 1402

$52 - $81

Drive  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Champaign 244.6 miles

$24 - $35

Fly from Cedar Rapids  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Champaign (CMI) CID - CMI

$265 - $1,246

Bus to Moline, fly  •  5 h 33 min

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

$177 - $841

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The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Champaign is to drive which costs $24 - $35 and takes 3 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa City to Champaign is to drive which costs $24 - $35 and takes 3 h 59 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Iowa City to Champaign. However, there are services departing from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa and arriving at Urbana, IL - U. Of I. Altgeld Hall, via Oak Brook, IL - Oakbrook Mall. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 55 min.

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The distance between Iowa City and Champaign is 203 miles. The road distance is 244.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Champaign without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 55 min and costs $45 - $70.

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It takes approximately 6 h 55 min to get from Iowa City to Champaign, including transfers.

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Iowa City to Champaign bus services, operated by Suburban Express, depart from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa station.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Champaign is to bus which takes 6 h 55 min and costs $45 - $70. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $260 - $1,300 and takes 5 h 4 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cedar Rapids Airport to Champaign Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 11 min and has one stopover.

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Iowa City to Champaign bus services, operated by Illini Shuttle, arrive at Urbana, IL - U. Of I. Altgeld Hall, station.

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Map of how to get from Iowa City to Champaign.
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  • Distance: 203.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 55 min

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

You can take a bus from Iowa City to Champaign via Oakbrook. IL - Mall and Oak Brook, IL - Oakbrook Mall in around 6 h 55 min. Alternatively, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Iowa City to Champaign hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Champaign via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Champaign via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,500
Flights from Moline to Champaign via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Moline to Champaign via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Bus operators
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Oakbrook. IL - Mall
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
Illini Shuttle
Website
illinishuttle.com
Bus from Oak Brook, IL - Oakbrook Mall to Urbana, IL - U. Of I. Altgeld Hall,
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
illinishuttle.com
Book at
busline.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Burlington, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Burlington, IL to Champaign, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Moline Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Iowa City to Champaign is 245 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 59 min to drive from Iowa City to Champaign.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Cedar Rapids Airport to Champaign Airport.

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There are 41+ hotels available in Champaign. Prices start at $54 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids Airport is to line 1490 bus which takes 40 min and costs $16 - $23.

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