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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Cedar Rapids to Detroit  •  4 h 38 min

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

$184 - $383

Cheapest option

Bus, Megabus  •  10 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL 1205 / ...
  2. Take the Megabus from Chicago to Downtown Detroit

$55 - $102

7 alternative options

Bus to Moline, fly to Detroit  •  5 h 3 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  •  6 h 26 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

Fly Cedar Rapids to Lansing, bus  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Lansing (LAN) CID - LAN
  2. Take the bus from Lansing, Mi to Detroit, Mi

$319 - $1,568

Bus, train  •  11 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL 1205 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Dearborn Amtrak Wolverine

$74 - $194

Bus  •  12 h 38 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 bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi

$79 - $171

Bus, train via Galesburg Amtrak  •  13 h 28 min

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

$136 - $296

Drive  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Detroit 489.7 miles

$45 - $70

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

Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Iowa City to Detroit every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Iowa City to Detroit via Chicago, IL and Chicago in around 10 h 37 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 Moline to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Toledo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Toledo via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $450
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Detroit via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $450
Flights from Moline to Detroit
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Lansing via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,500
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Lansing via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $550
Flights from Moline to Detroit via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Lansing via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Dearborn Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Train from Galesburg Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
4 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
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak 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
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 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Toledo, Oh to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $27
Bus from Lansing, Mi to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
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
Bus from Chicago, Il to Detroit, Mi
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 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 Davenport, IA to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Iowa City to Detroit?

The distance between Iowa City and Detroit is 705 km. The road distance is 784 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Detroit?

The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Detroit is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 8 h 9 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Iowa City to Detroit?

The quickest way to get from Iowa City to Detroit is to fly which takes 4 h 38 min and costs $180 - $390.

Is there a direct bus between Iowa City and Detroit?

No, there is no direct bus from Iowa City to Detroit. However, there are services departing from Iowa City, IA and arriving at Downtown Detroit via Chicago. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 37 min.

How long does it take to get from Iowa City to Detroit?

It takes approximately 4 h 38 min to get from Iowa City to Detroit, including transfers.