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There are 9 ways to get from Iowa City to Detroit by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Cedar Rapids to Detroit  •  4 h 36 min

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

$184 - $383

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Bus, Megabus  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Chicago, IL East Bound
  2. Take the Megabus from Chicago to Downtown Detroit

$28 - $40

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Bus to Moline, fly to Detroit  •  5 h 8 min

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

$129 - $671

Fly Cedar Rapids to Toledo, bus  •  7 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Toledo (TOL) CID - TOL
  2. Take the bus from Toledo, Oh to Detroit, Mi

$309 - $1,403

Bus, train  •  10 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Chicago, IL East Bound
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit Amtrak Wolverine

$52 - $132

Bus, train via Larned & Woodward  •  11 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL 1202 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit Amtrak Wolverine

$95 - $194

Bus  •  11 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Oakbrook. IL - Mall 510ia / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi 5508 / ...

$53 - $116

Bus, Amtrak Thruway, train  •  13 h 20 min

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

Drive  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Detroit 489.7 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Detroit is to bus and Megabus which costs $28 - $40 and takes 10 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa City to Detroit is to fly which costs $180 - $390 and takes 4 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Iowa City to Detroit. However, there are services departing from Iowa City - Coralville and arriving at Downtown Detroit via Chicago. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 40 min.

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The distance between Iowa City and Detroit is 440 miles. The road distance is 489.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Detroit without a car is to bus and train which takes 10 h 30 min and costs $50 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to get from Iowa City to Detroit, including transfers.

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Iowa City to Detroit bus services, operated by Windstar, depart from Iowa City - Coralville station.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Detroit is to fly which takes 4 h 36 min and costs $180 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus and Megabus, which costs $28 - $40 and takes 10 h 40 min.

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The quickest flight from Cedar Rapids Airport to Detroit Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Iowa City to Detroit bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Downtown Detroit station.

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Map of how to get from Iowa City to Detroit.
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  • Distance: 440.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 36 min

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

Delta and American Airlines fly from Iowa City to Detroit every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Iowa City to Detroit via Chicago, IL and Chicago in around 10 h 40 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $480
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Toledo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Toledo via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $450
Flights from Moline to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Moline to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Toledo via Orlando Sanford
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,700
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Detroit Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 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 Galesburg Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
3 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 Iowa City - Coralville to Moline Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.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 Toledo, Oh to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City 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
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
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Davenport to Galesburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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More Questions & Answers

Detroit is 1 h ahead of Iowa City. It is currently 8:22 AM in Iowa City and 9:22 AM in Detroit.

Yes, the driving distance between Iowa City to Detroit is 490 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 9 min to drive from Iowa City to Detroit.

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Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Cedar Rapids Airport to Detroit Airport.

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There are 154+ hotels available in Detroit. Prices start at $67 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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