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Journey Information

Chicago to Iowa City bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$29.00
Shortest Duration4h 40m
Trips per day6
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Chicago to Iowa City right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from Chicago to Iowa City?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $29.00 was the low point for bus fares from Chicago to Iowa City. Buses from Iowa City to Chicago are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $29.00 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 12 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $16.70 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 5 hours and 20 minutes to cover the 202 miles (324 kilometers) from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 40 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Iowa City. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Chicago?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 3:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Chicago to Iowa City, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from Chicago to Iowa City every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

What bus companies travel from Chicago to Iowa City?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Chicago, Illinois to Iowa City, Iowa. Of these two services, Burlington Trailways usually offers more choice, with 3 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Burlington Trailways34h 57m$31.90
Greyhound26h 41m$41.58

Where does the bus leave from in Chicago?

Buses to Iowa City leave from multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois. These are the 4 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Station - 630 W Harrison St
  • Union Station - 225 S Canal St
  • 5800 N Cumberland Ave
  • Dan Ryan Bus Station

Where does the bus arrive in Iowa City?

All buses from Chicago arrive at one main station in Iowa City, Iowa:

  • Burlington Trailways Station - 170 E Court St

Price trends for buses from Chicago to Iowa City

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15JanFeb

Monthly average prices

$50$40$30$20$10FMAMJJASONDJ

Prices as travel date approaches

$50$40$30$20$103020100

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Chicago, IL to Iowa City, IA
4.8
Based on 4 ratings and reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Burlington Trailways report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.0
Staff
5.0
Value
3.0
Condition
4.0
Taylor
4.0
February 13, 2020Visiting friends
Cons
Could have left earlier/on-timeCould have left earlier/on-time

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