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

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque, IA 1486
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin 121

$79 - $109

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Bus via Chicago  •  9 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL 1205 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago to Madison - Langdon & N Park

$44 - $90

3 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Madison 176 miles

$17 - $25

Fly to Madison  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Madison (MSN) CID - MSN

$246 - $1,235

Fly to Chicago O'Hare, bus  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CID - ORD
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison

$183 - $801

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The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to Madison is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa City to Madison is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Iowa City to Madison. However, there are services departing from Iowa City, IA and arriving at Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin via Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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The distance between Iowa City and Madison is 147 miles. The road distance is 176 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Madison without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 15 min and costs $75 - $110.

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It takes approximately 8 h 15 min to get from Iowa City to Madison, including transfers.

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Iowa City to Madison bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Cedar Rapids station.

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The best way to get from Iowa City to Madison is to bus which takes 8 h 15 min and costs $75 - $110. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $240 - $1,300 and takes 6 h 2 min.

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There is no direct flight from Cedar Rapids Airport to Madison Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Iowa City to Madison bus services, operated by Lamers Bus Lines, arrive at Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Iowa City to Madison is 176 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 14 min to drive from Iowa City to Madison.

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

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  • Distance: 146.9 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 15 min

What companies run services between Iowa City, IA, USA and Madison, WI, USA?

You can take a bus from Iowa City to Madison via Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, IA in around 8 h 15 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Iowa City to Madison hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,500
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,600
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,500
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Dubuque, IA to Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Coach USA
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Milwaukee to Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Badger Bus
Website
badgerbus.com
Bus from Milwaukee, WI to Madison, WI - Chazen UW Madison
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $23
Schedules at
badgerbus.com
Book at
badgerbus.com

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