There are 6 ways to get from San Diego 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Cedar Rapids  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Cedar Rapids (CID) SAN - CID

$244 - $988

Cheapest option

Fly to Des Moines, bus  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Des Moines (DSM) SAN - DSM
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA

$225 - $850

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Fly to Moline, bus  •  8 h 49 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Moline (MLI) SAN - MLI
  2. Take the bus from Moline Airport to Iowa City - Coralville

Bus  •  42 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
  2. Take the bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Kansas City, Mo
  3. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA

$227 - $508

Train, bus  •  46 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
  2. Take the train from Fullerton Transportation Center to Galesburg Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Galesburg Amtrak to Davenport, IA
  4. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA

$330 - $895

Drive  •  28 h 59 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Iowa City 1885.7 miles

$180 - $270

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Iowa City. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Iowa City, IA via San Bernardino, Ca, Kansas City, MO and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h 49 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Iowa City is 1542 miles. The road distance is 1885.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Iowa City without a car is to bus which takes 42 h 49 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 47 min to get from San Diego to Iowa City, including transfers.

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San Diego to Iowa City bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Diego, Ca station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Iowa City is to fly which takes 7 h 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 42 h 49 min.

Mode details

There is no direct flight from San Diego Airport to Cedar Rapids Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 54 min and has one stopover.

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

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Iowa City is 2 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 8:29 PM in San Diego and 10:29 PM in Iowa City.

Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Iowa City is 1886 miles. It takes approximately 28 h 59 min to drive from San Diego to Iowa City.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Iowa City.
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  • Distance: 1541.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 47 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Iowa City, IA, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from San Diego to Iowa City hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Iowa City via San Bernardino, Ca, Kansas City, Mo, Kansas City, MO, and Des Moines, IA in around 42 h 49 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 9 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Fullerton Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Train from Fullerton Transportation Center to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
39 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$250 - $370
Flexi Coach Seat
$450 - $650
Business Coach Seat
$500 - $750
Room
$950 - $1,400
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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Galesburg Amtrak to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
32 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $370
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$140 - $240
Flexible
$280 - $370
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Galesburg to Davenport
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs .

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