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There are 10 ways to get from Raleigh to Iowa City by plane, bus, train or car

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

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Fly Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids  •  7 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Cedar Rapids (CID) RDU - CID

$208 - $926

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Bus Megabus  •  31 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Durham, NC to Atlanta GA
  2. Take the bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Chicago
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA

$137 - $208

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Fly Raleigh/Durham to Moline, bus  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Moline (MLI) RDU - MLI
  2. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

Train to Charlotte, fly to Cedar Rapids  •  9 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to Charlotte Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Charlotte (CLT) to Cedar Rapids (CID) CLT - CID

$268 - $1,119

Fly Raleigh/Durham to Dubuque, bus  •  12 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Dubuque (DBQ) RDU - DBQ
  2. Take the bus from Dubuque, IA to Cedar Rapids,IA

$283 - $1,066

Train, bus  •  30 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville
  4. Take the bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA

$194 - $540

Train, bus via South Bend Amtrak Station  •  31 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to South Bend Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from South Bend, IN to Chicago, IL
  4. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville

Bus Greyhound USA  •  32 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Raleigh, Nc to Richmond, Va
  2. Take the bus from Richmond, Va to Washington, Dc
  3. Take the bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il
  4. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville

Train, bus #2  •  35 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Raleigh Union Station to Alexandria Amtrak Station
  2. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA

$212 - $542

Drive  •  16 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Raleigh to Iowa City 991 miles

$95 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Raleigh to Iowa City is to drive which costs $95 - $140 and takes 16 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Raleigh to Iowa City is to fly which costs $200 - $950 and takes 7 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Raleigh station to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from GoRaleigh Station and arriving at Iowa City, IA via Durham, NC, Marta Civic Center Station - Nb and Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 37 min.

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The distance between Raleigh and Iowa City is 809 miles. The road distance is 991 miles.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Iowa City without a car is to train and bus which takes 30 h 22 min and costs $190 - $550.

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It takes approximately 7 h 33 min to get from Raleigh to Iowa City, including transfers.

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Raleigh to Iowa City bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Durham, NC station.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Iowa City is to fly which takes 7 h 33 min and costs $200 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $130 - $210 and takes 31 h 37 min.

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There is no direct flight from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 18 min and has one stopover.

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Raleigh 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 Raleigh to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 808.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 33 min

What companies run services between Raleigh, NC, USA and Iowa City, IA, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from Raleigh to Iowa City hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Raleigh to Iowa City via GoDurham Station, Durham, NC, Marta Civic Center Station - Nb, Chicago, and Chicago, IL in around 31 h 37 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Moline via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Charlotte to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Dubuque via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Dubuque via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Dubuque via Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Dubuque via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Dubuque via New York La Guardia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 9 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Moline via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Moline via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Charlotte to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Charlotte to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Raleigh/Durham to Moline via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Charlotte to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $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 Raleigh Union Station to Charlotte Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Coach Seat
$65 - $90
Room
$190 - $260
Train from Raleigh Union Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $340
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Chicago Union Station to Naperville Amtrak Station
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
Train from Washington Union Station to South Bend Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
15 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $280
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$95 - $150
Flexi Coach Seat
$170 - $250
Business Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Room
$400 - $600
Train from Raleigh Union Station to Alexandria Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $140
Business Coach Seat
$95 - $140
Room
$240 - $330
Train from Alexandria Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
23 h 41 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Flexi Coach Seat
$210 - $310
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $350
Room
$490 - $700
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 Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Iowa City - Coralville
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Dubuque, IA to Cedar Rapids,IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Durham, NC to Atlanta GA
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Marta Civic Center Station - Nb to Chicago
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Book at
megabus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Raleigh, Nc to Richmond, Va
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Richmond, Va to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Washington, Dc to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
18 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190

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Iowa City is 1 h behind Raleigh. It is currently 9:07 AM in Raleigh and 8:07 AM in Iowa City.

Yes, the driving distance between Raleigh to Iowa City is 991 miles. It takes approximately 16 h 54 min to drive from Raleigh to Iowa City.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Raleigh/Durham Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport.

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There are 36+ hotels available in Iowa City. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Raleigh to Raleigh/Durham Airport is to line 100 bus which takes 25 min and costs $2 - $3.

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