Information about getting to Iowa City and back again.


Buses

The bus station in Iowa City is about a 15 minute walk from the Main Library. It serves MegaBus and Burlington Trailways lines, connecting to Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha, and several smaller towns in Iowa. Depending on how much in advance you buy your ticket, the R/T price from Chicago can range from about $5-$100. Burlington Trailways seems to be about $50 R/T from Chicago.

Trains

The nearest Amtrak station is in Mt. Pleasant, which is about an hour’s drive south from Iowa City. Burlington Trailways does offer lines up from Mt. Pleasant.

Airplanes

Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is in Cedar Rapids, about a half-hour from Iowa City. A taxi costs about 35 bucks. There is a Burlington Trailways bus that costs $15 R/T, but with very limited schedule. We could possibly also go pick people up at the airport.

Chicago (MDW or ORD) often offers cheaper flights. It is about 4-5 hours from Iowa City, depending on who is driving. You can get easily to the bus station from either airport using public transit. Depending on how advanced you purchase your ticket, the Megabus R/T price from Chicago can range from about $5-$100. Burlington Trailways seems to be about $50 R/T from Chicago.

Des Moines (DSM) is about 2 hours from Iowa City. The Megabus runs about $5 to maybe 20 bucks R/T, but it looks like you’d have to take a cab into town to get to the bus station. We haven’t tested this out.

Transportation forum

Are you driving in from somewhere and have some extra space in the car? Looking for a lift from the airport? Please post below. You can also email kelly-mcelroy[AT]uiowa[dot]edu

  • I'm hoping to go to the ALA conference in Chicago before this. Any chance of a rideshare from there happening? --Matthew (tomorrowboy at gmail)
  • We will be driving from Milwaukee, WI. We'll be able to accommodate a rideshare if folks fly into MKE. Might be able to do a Chicago pickup. - Milo
  • If anyone is conviently driving through Kansas City or closeby, would be interested in a rideshare! Stephanie sproutedink at gmail