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There are 8 ways to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Windstar  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI to Chicago
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville West Bound

Cheapest option

Bus Suburban Express  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport Airport Express to Chicago O'hare / ...
  2. Take the bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa 731ia

$44 - $68

6 alternative options

Train, bus via Naperville  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville
  3. Take the bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA

$74 - $159

Train, bus  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station Hiawatha Service
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1203 / ...

$68 - $124

Drive  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Iowa City 263.6 miles

$25 - $40

Fly Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Milwaukee (MKE) to Cedar Rapids (CID) MKE - CID

$184 - $937

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Cedar Rapids  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID

$163 - $768

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Moline, bus  •  5 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, WI - Amtrak 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 Milwaukee to Iowa City is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 4 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City is to drive which costs $25 - $40 and takes 4 h 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milwaukee to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Milwaukee, WI and arriving at Iowa City - Coralville via Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 55 min.

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The distance between Milwaukee and Iowa City is 209 miles. The road distance is 263.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 55 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 55 min to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City, including transfers.

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Milwaukee to Iowa City bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Milwaukee, WI station.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City is to bus which takes 6 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $180 - $950 and takes 6 h 4 min.

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There is no direct flight from Milwaukee Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport. The quickest flight takes 2 h 52 min and has one stopover.

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Milwaukee to Iowa City bus services, operated by Windstar, arrive at Iowa City - Coralville station.

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 209.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 55 min

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

You can take a bus from Milwaukee to Iowa City via Chicago and Chicago, IL in around 6 h 55 min. Alternatively, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from Milwaukee to Iowa City hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
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 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 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
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$21 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Room
$130 - $180
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Coach USA
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Schaumburg, IL - Woodfield Mall to Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com
Book at
busline.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Milwaukee to Iowa City is 264 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to drive from Milwaukee to Iowa City.

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

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There are 36+ hotels available in Iowa City. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Milwaukee to Milwaukee Airport is to bus which takes 28 min and costs $3.

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