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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  7 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak Hiawatha Service
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$55 - $124

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

5 alternative options

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  7 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Chicago, Il 4727 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...

$44 - $102

Drive  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Milwaukee to Iowa City 263.6 miles

$25 - $40

Fly Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids  •  6 h 16 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 27 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 50 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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The distance between Milwaukee and Iowa City is 209 miles. The road distance is 263.6 miles.

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It takes approximately 7 h 10 min to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City, including transfers.

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The nearest airport to Iowa City is Cedar Rapids (CID) Airport which is 18.1 miles away. Other nearby airports include Moline (MLI) (55.2 miles), Burlington (BRL) (64.8 miles), Des Moines (DSM) (110.4 miles) and Peoria (PIA) (118.5 miles).

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Map of how to get from Milwaukee to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 209.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 10 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, Il, UIC-Halsted, Clinton-Blue, and Chicago, IL in around 7 h 29 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Milwaukee to Iowa City hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Moline
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 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 Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Milwaukee to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Milwaukee Intermodal Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 - $210
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Milwaukee, Wi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
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
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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