There are 8 ways to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  6 h 3 min

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

$27 - $40

7 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL 1205 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake Up-Nw

$37 - $75

Bus Greyhound USA, train  •  8 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Davenport, IA
  2. Take the bus from Davenport, Ia to Chicago, Il
  3. Take the train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake

$58 - $104

Drive  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Crystal Lake 208.3 miles

$20 - $30

Fly from Cedar Rapids, train  •  5 h 14 min

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

$151 - $744

Bus to Moline, fly, train  •  5 h 34 min

  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 Burlington, fly, train  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Burlington, IA
  2. Fly from Burlington (BRL) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) BRL - ORD
  3. Take the train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake

$106 - $143

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

  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

$196 - $758

Questions & Answers

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 6 h 3 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 3 min 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 1 h 10 min.

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

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

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There are 27+ 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 40 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Iowa City to Crystal Lake.
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  • Distance: 170.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 3 min

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 3 h 55 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Burlington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $120
Train operators
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago OTC to Crystal Lake
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Train from Irving Park to Crystal Lake
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
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
3 h 55 min
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
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Burlington, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Waterloo, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Davenport, Ia to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $55
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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