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

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Bus, night bus  •  8h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Mankato to Albert Lea. MN
  2. Take the bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA 803
  3. Take the night bus from Des Moines, Ia to Iowa City, Ia

$72 - $133

Cheapest option

Bus via Iowa City - Coralville  •  9h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Mankato to Albert Lea. MN
  2. Take the bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA 803
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City - Coralville

$55 - $107

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Bus  •  8h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Mankato to Albert Lea. MN
  2. Take the bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA 803
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, Ia to Iowa City, Ia

$73 - $133

Drive  •  4h 47m

  1. Drive from Mankato to Iowa City 282.5 miles

$27 - $40

Bus, fly to Cedar Rapids  •  6h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Mankato, MN to MSP Airport
  2. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Cedar Rapids (CID) MSP - CID

$192 - $593

Bus, fly to Moline  •  6h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Mankato, MN to MSP Airport
  2. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Moline (MLI) MSP - MLI
  3. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

$132 - $596

Bus, fly to Des Moines, night bus  •  8h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Mankato, MN to MSP Airport
  2. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Des Moines (DSM) MSP - DSM
  3. Take the night bus from Des Moines, Ia to Iowa City, Ia

$223 - $494

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The cheapest way to get from Mankato to Iowa City is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Mankato to Iowa City is to drive which costs $27 - $40 and takes 4h 47m.

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The distance between Mankato and Iowa City is 215 miles. The road distance is 282.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Mankato to Iowa City without a car is to bus and night bus which takes 8h 42m and costs $70 - $140.

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It takes approximately 8h 42m to get from Mankato to Iowa City, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Minneapolis Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 13m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mankato to Iowa City is 283 miles. It takes approximately 4h 47m to drive from Mankato to Iowa City.

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Delta offers flights from Minneapolis Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport.

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There are 38+ hotels available in Iowa City. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Mankato to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 214.6 miles
  • Duration: 8h 42m

What companies run services between Mankato, MN, USA and Iowa City, IA, USA?

You can take a bus from Mankato to Iowa City via Albert Lea. MN, Albert Lea, MN, Des Moines, IA, and Des Moines, Ia in around 8h 57m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Minneapolis to Moline
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Bus operators
Land to Air Express
Website
landtoairexpress.com
Bus from Mankato to Albert Lea. MN
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $40
Schedules at
landtoairexpress.com
Bus from Mankato, MN to MSP Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
landtoairexpress.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Burlington Trailways
Phone
1(800) 992-4618
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Night bus from Des Moines, Ia to Iowa City, Ia
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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