Directions from Madison to Iowa City

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Recommended option

Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA 121 & 122
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Cedar Rapids 1486

$80 - $113

Cheapest option

Bus via Chicago, IL  •  8 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI University to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$57 - $95

3 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Iowa City 175.8 miles

$17 - $25

Fly to Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 34 min

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

$206 - $989

Fly to Moline, bus  •  7 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Madison (MSN) to Moline (MLI) MSN - MLI
  2. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

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

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

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Moline via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Madison to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Moline via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Bus operators
Lamers Bus Lines
Phone
+1 800-236-1240
Website
golamers.com
Bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Schedules at
golamers.com
Book at
webstore.golamers.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Dubuque, IA to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $65
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Madison, WI University to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Madison and Iowa City is 235 km. The road distance is 281 km.

The cheapest way to get from Madison to Iowa City is to drive which costs $17 - $25 and takes 3 h 16 min.

The quickest way to get from Madison to Iowa City is to drive which takes 3 h 16 min and costs $17 - $25.

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

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