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

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Fly to Cedar Rapids  •  4h 20m

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Cedar Rapids (CID) MSP - CID

$168 - $436

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Night bus, bus  •  7h 38m

  1. Take the night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 805
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA 1202

$74 - $106

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Fly to Moline, bus  •  4h 52m

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

Bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA 1202

$77 - $109

Bus via Iowa City - Coralville  •  8h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City - Coralville East Bound

Bus via Mount Pleasant, IA  •  10h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Mt. Pleasant, IL
  3. Take the bus from Mount Pleasant, IA to Iowa City

$99 - $142

Drive  •  5h 8m

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to Iowa City 305.9 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Minneapolis to Iowa City is to drive which costs $30 - $45 and takes 5h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from Minneapolis to Iowa City is to fly which costs $160 - $440 and takes 4h 20m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Minneapolis to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from Minneapolis, MN and arriving at Iowa City, IA via Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 10m.

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The distance between Minneapolis and Iowa City is 247 miles. The road distance is 305.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Iowa City without a car is to bus which takes 8h 10m and costs $75 - $110.

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It takes approximately 4h 20m to get from Minneapolis to Iowa City, including transfers.

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Minneapolis to Iowa City bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Minneapolis, MN station.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Iowa City is to fly which takes 4h 20m and costs $160 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $110 and takes 8h 10m.

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The quickest flight from Minneapolis Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 18m.

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Minneapolis to Iowa City bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Iowa City, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Minneapolis to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 246.7 miles
  • Duration: 4h 20m

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

Delta flies from Minneapolis to Iowa City 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Minneapolis to Iowa City via Des Moines, IA in around 8h 10m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Minneapolis to Moline
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3h 48m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Bus operators
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
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Mt. Pleasant, IL
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Mount Pleasant, IA to Iowa City
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Minneapolis to Iowa City is 306 miles. It takes approximately 5h 8m to drive from Minneapolis to Iowa City.

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Delta offers flights from Minneapolis 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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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Minneapolis Airport is to tram which takes 18m and costs $2 - $3.

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