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

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

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

Cheapest option

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, WI University via Minneapolis

$44 - $90

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  9 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Milwaukee to Madison 966

$75 - $157

Drive  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to Madison 176 miles

$17 - $25

Fly  •  5 h 57 min

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

$246 - $1,235

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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 takes 3 h 14 min and costs $17 - $25.

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The distance between Iowa City and Madison is 235 km. The road distance is 282 km.

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

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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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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 Delta fly from Iowa City to Madison hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,200
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Madison via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,600
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
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
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
Schedules 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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