There are 9 ways to get from Iowa City to West Lafayette 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 Suburban Express  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Oakbrook. IL - Mall 510ia / ...
  2. Take the bus from Oakbrook. IL - Mall to Lafayette, IN - Purdue U. Tarkington Hall 731pu

$37 - $55

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Bus, train  •  8 h 54 min

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

$57 - $137

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10 h 25 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 Lafayette

$67 - $136

Bus, train via Galesburg Amtrak  •  11 h 10 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 Lafayette Amtrak

$116 - $241

Drive  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Iowa City to West Lafayette 326.3 miles

$30 - $50

Fly from Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CID - ORD

$202 - $791

Bus to Moline, fly  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City - Coralville to Moline Airport
  2. Fly from Moline (MLI) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MLI - ORD

$248 - $461

Bus to Burlington, fly  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Burlington, IA
  2. Fly from Burlington (BRL) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) BRL - ORD

$157 - $190

Line 1494 bus, bus to Waterloo, fly  •  8 h 3 min

  1. Take the line 1494 bus from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids,IA
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Waterloo, IA
  3. Fly from Waterloo (ALO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ALO - ORD

$247 - $805

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Iowa City to West Lafayette is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa City to West Lafayette is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 33 min.

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The distance between Iowa City and West Lafayette is 257 miles. The road distance is 326.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 55 min to get from Iowa City to West Lafayette, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Iowa City to West Lafayette. However, there are services departing from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa and arriving at Lafayette, IN - Purdue U. Tarkington Hall via Oakbrook. IL - Mall. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

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What companies run services between Iowa City, IA, USA and West Lafayette, IN, USA?

You can take a bus from Iowa City to West Lafayette via Oakbrook. IL - Mall in around 7 h 55 min. Alternatively, United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Iowa City to West Lafayette every 3 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Moline to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Burlington to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $120
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Lafayette Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$160 - $240
Train from Galesburg Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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
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
Bus from Oakbrook. IL - Mall to Lafayette, IN - Purdue U. Tarkington Hall
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
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
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Burlington, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids,IA
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Waterloo, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
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 Lafayette
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Davenport to Galesburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
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

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