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About Iowa City

The old capital city of Iowa, Iowa City, is a historic area with plenty of quaint old buildings and beautiful landmarks. The most notable attraction is the Old Capitol Building in the middle of the University of Iowa's campus. The building's first floor is a museum dedicated to the state's history so that you can brush up on your Hawkeye State knowledge (we'll get you started: the Iowa state rock is the geode!). For more history and culture, hit up Plum Grove, the home of the first Governor of Iowa, and the University of Iowa Art Museum.

Thanks to its lively cultural scene, Iowa City's food scene is vibrant and diverse. One of the must-try establishments in the city is Short's Burger and Shine, which features a wide variety of burgers made from locally sourced meat. In addition, the Hamburg Inn No. 2 is an award-winning restaurant, with visitors including many past presidents.

Bus service to Iowa City arrives right downtown for easy access to Iowa City's highlights. Although there is a small municipal airport in Iowa City, most commercial flights will depart from nearby Cedar Rapids Airport or even from Des Moines, about 100 miles away.

Station Information

The Burlington Trailways Station in Iowa City is part of the Court St Transportation Center near downtown. Buses usually board outside the multi-story parking garage on Court Street. The station includes a large indoor waiting area with seating, restrooms, and even a charging station for your devices. You can walk to three hotels, a sushi restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, a Starbucks, and a bar in the immediate area, so you definitely won't have to travel hungry or thirsty. Greyhound and Burlington Trailways buses depart from this station and connect Iowa City to Des Moines, Chicago, Omaha, and more cities throughout the Midwest.

Popular bus stations in Iowa City:

  • Burlington Trailways Station - 170 E Court St

What bus companies travel to Iowa City, Iowa?

Located in Iowa, Iowa City is accessible by bus from 7 other cities. You can choose from 16 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Iowa City on Wanderu. Burlington Trailways usually has the most buses on any given day.

Bus companies serving Iowa City

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways426h 41m$111.17

Which bus carrier has the best service to Iowa City?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Iowa City by bus with Burlington Trailways giving them a 4.9 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Burlington Trailways had the most comfortable bus service to Iowa City taking into account the seats and amenities that Burlington Trailways offers. They rate Burlington Trailways a 4.3 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Iowa City punctually, travelers suggest that Burlington Trailways has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Iowa City, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$21.82 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Iowa City, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Iowa City. In the last month, buses from Cedar Rapids to Iowa City had the lowest average price at $21.82.

The main bus station in Iowa City is Burlington Trailways Station - 170 E Court St. As the busiest station, it has the most bus arrivals, although some buses may make other stops in and around Iowa City.

Among bus travelers Iowa City is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 222 in United States. Iowa City has the second most number of destinations in Iowa that are connected to Iowa City by bus service. Each day 13 direct bus schedules arrive in the Iowa City.
The population of Iowa City is 74220. Iowa City ranks number 5 in terms of population in Iowa and number 291 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Iowa City range from $22 for a short trip to Iowa City, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Iowa City starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Iowa City can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $78.
Traveling by bus is very popular with those going to visit their friends in Iowa City. With good deals available and ability to plan last minute, a bus ticket to Iowa City is the best way to get some facetime with your friends and with great bus locations in Iowa City you'll arrive near the action ready to hit the town with your friends.
The closest bus station to the city center of Iowa City is Burlington Trailways Station - 170 E Court St, located just 0.4 miles away. Select Burlington Trailways Station - 170 E Court St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Iowa City. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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