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

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Bus, train  •  9h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City to Rock Island
  2. Take the bus from Rock Island to Galesburg Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Galesburg Amtrak Station to Kansas City Union Station

Cheapest option

Bus via Omaha, NE  •  9h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Omaha, NE 1203 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Omaha, NE to Kansas City, MO 501

$82 - $118

3 alternative options

Bus  •  9h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Des Moines, IA 1485
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...

$85 - $123

Drive  •  5h 2m

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Kansas City 308.7 miles

$30 - $45

Fly  •  7h 32m

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Kansas City (MCI) CID - MCI

$268 - $1,325

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The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Kansas City is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa City to Kansas City is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Iowa City to Kansas City. However, there are services departing from Iowa City, IA and arriving at Kansas City, MO via Omaha, NE. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 35m.

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The distance between Iowa City and Kansas City is 240 miles. The road distance is 308.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Kansas City without a car is to bus and train which takes 9h 14m and costs .

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It takes approximately 9h 14m to get from Iowa City to Kansas City, including transfers.

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Iowa City to Kansas City 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 Kansas City is to bus which takes 9h 35m and costs $80 - $120. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $260 - $1,400 and takes 7h 32m.

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There is no direct flight from Cedar Rapids Airport to Kansas City Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 16m and has one stopover.

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Iowa City to Kansas City bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Kansas City, MO station.

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Map of how to get from Iowa City to Kansas City.
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  • Distance: 240.2 miles
  • Duration: 9h 14m

What companies run services between Iowa City, IA, USA and Kansas City, MO, USA?

You can take a bus from Iowa City to Kansas City via Omaha, NE in around 9h 35m. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from Iowa City to Kansas City hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,400
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Kansas City via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
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 Galesburg Amtrak Station to Kansas City Union Station
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City to Rock Island
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Omaha, NE
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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 Rock Island to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
amtrak.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Omaha, NE to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Iowa City to Kansas City is 309 miles. It takes approximately 5h 2m to drive from Iowa City to Kansas City.

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United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Cedar Rapids Airport to Kansas City Airport.

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There are 206+ hotels available in Kansas City. Prices start at $63 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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