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

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Bus  •  8h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Madison, WI - Univ. of Wisconsin to Dubuque, IA 122
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Cedar Rapids,IA 1485 / ...

$69 - $96

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Bus via Chicago, IL  •  9h 44m

  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 1203 / ...

$70 - $90

Drive  •  3h 16m

  1. Drive from Madison to Iowa City 175.8 miles

$17 - $25

Fly Madison to Cedar Rapids  •  7h 5m

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

$200 - $977

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Cedar Rapids  •  6h 40m

  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

$166 - $753

Fly Madison to Moline, bus  •  7h 27m

  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 Moline, bus  •  6h 55m

  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

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

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

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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 via Dubuque, IA and Cedar Rapids, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 20m.

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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 8h 20m and costs $65 - $100.

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It takes approximately 8h 20m 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 8h 20m and costs $65 - $100. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $1,000 and takes 7h 5m.

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There is no direct flight from Madison Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 12m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Madison to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 146.9 miles
  • Duration: 8h 20m

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, Dubuque, IA, and Cedar Rapids, IA in around 8h 20m. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Madison to Iowa City hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Madison to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Madison to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Madison to Moline via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Madison to Moline via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Madison to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
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
2h 35m
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,IA
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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
3h 50m
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
2h 55m
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
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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

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

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There are 35+ hotels available in Iowa City. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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