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

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Bus Burlington Trailways  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL 1202 / ...

$40 - $65

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Bus Suburban Express  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Oakbrook. IL - Mall 510ia / ...

$23 - $36

3 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Chicago 223.3 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from Cedar Rapids  •  3 h 42 min

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

$144 - $736

Bus to Moline, fly  •  4 h 3 min

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

$190 - $406

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Chicago is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa City to Chicago is to fly which costs $140 - $750 and takes 3 h 42 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Iowa City, IA and arriving at Chicago, IL. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 30 min.

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The distance between Iowa City and Chicago is 203 miles. The road distance is 223.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Chicago without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 30 min and costs $40 - $65.

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The bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL takes 4 h 30 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Iowa City to Chicago bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Iowa City, IA station.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Chicago is to bus which takes 4 h 30 min and costs $40 - $65. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $140 - $750 and takes 3 h 42 min.

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The quickest flight from Cedar Rapids Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Iowa City to Chicago.
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  • Distance: 202.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 30 min

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

Burlington Trailways operates a bus from Iowa City to Chicago 4 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 30 min. Windstar also services this route once daily. Alternatively, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Iowa City to Chicago every 2 hours.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Moline Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
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

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Yes, the driving distance between Iowa City to Chicago is 223 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to drive from Iowa City to Chicago.

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

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There are 576+ hotels available in Chicago. Prices start at $90 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 $22 - $35.

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