There are 7 ways to get from Madison to Iowa City by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

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

$80 - $113

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Bus via Chicago, IL  •  8 h 54 min

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

$57 - $95

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Drive  •  3 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Madison to Iowa City 175.8 miles

$17 - $25

Fly Madison to Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 42 min

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

$206 - $989

Fly Madison to Moline, bus  •  7 h 3 min

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

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID

$172 - $765

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Moline, bus  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Moline (MLI) ORD - MLI
  3. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

Questions & Answers

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.

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The distance between Madison and Iowa City is 147 miles. The road distance is 175.8 miles.

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

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

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

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The best way to get from Madison to Iowa City is to bus which takes 8 h 15 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 6 h 42 min.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Madison to Iowa City bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Cedar Rapids station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madison to Iowa City is 176 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 16 min to drive from Madison to Iowa City.

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

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Map of how to get from Madison to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 146.9 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 15 min

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 two other airlines fly from Madison to Iowa City hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
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 Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Madison to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Moline via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
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-Langdon & Park St to Chicago, IL - Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com
Bus from Madison, WI-Langdon & N Park to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 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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