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There are 6 ways to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  5h 55m

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

$27 - $40

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Bus, train  •  6h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL 1202 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake Up-Nw

$50 - $70

Drive  •  3h 37m

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Crystal Lake 208.3 miles

$20 - $30

Fly from Cedar Rapids, train  •  5h 15m

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CID - ORD
  2. Take the train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake

$145 - $736

Bus to Moline, fly, train  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Moline Airport
  2. Fly from Moline (MLI) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MLI - ORD
  3. Take the train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake

$197 - $414

Bus to Waterloo, fly, train  •  7h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Waterloo, IA
  2. Fly from Waterloo (ALO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ALO - ORD
  3. Take the train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake

$184 - $740

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The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake is to drive which costs $20 - $30 and takes 3h 37m.

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The distance between Iowa City and Crystal Lake is 171 miles. The road distance is 208.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake without a car is to bus which takes 5h 55m and costs $27 - $40.

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It takes approximately 5h 55m to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Cedar Rapids Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 11m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Iowa City to Crystal Lake is 208 miles. It takes approximately 3h 37m to drive from Iowa City to Crystal Lake.

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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 26+ hotels available in Crystal Lake. Prices start at $69 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 40m and costs $16 - $23.

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Map of how to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake.
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  • Distance: 170.9 miles
  • Duration: 5h 55m

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

Suburban Express operates a bus from Iowa City to Crystal Lake 3 times a week. Tickets cost $19 - $30 and the journey takes 3h 55m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
Train operators
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Waterloo, IA
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$20 - $30
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
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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