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  •  8 h 11 min

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

$184 - $688

Cheapest option

Fly to Des Moines, bus  •  10 h 46 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

$165 - $650

4 alternative options

Fly to Moline, bus  •  8 h 17 min

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

Bus  •  43 h 1 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

Amtrak Thruway, train, bus  •  46 h 8 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA
  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

$305 - $832

Drive  •  28 h 59 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Iowa City 1885.7 miles

$180 - $270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Iowa City is to drive which costs $180 - $270 and takes 28 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Iowa City is to fly which costs $180 - $700 and takes 8 h 11 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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It takes approximately 8 h 11 min to get from San Diego to Iowa City, including transfers.

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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 43 h 1 min.

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

United Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines 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 43 h 1 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
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 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Moline via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 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 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from San Diego to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 24 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Fullerton Transportation Center to Galesburg Amtrak
Ave. Duration
38 h 44 min
Frequency
Once 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
Every 3 hours
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
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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
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to Fullerton, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Galesburg to Davenport
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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