Traveling to Iowa City this summer and wondering where to start with your travel plans?
We’ve got you covered!
First, visit our page on registration and housing here: Registration and Housing
The Graduate Hotel will be taking reservations in early February – look for updates on our website!
Getting to Iowa City by Air
Cedar Rapids (CID): The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids is the closest airport to Iowa City, and is about a 30 minute drive to the University of Iowa campus. This airport is serviced by American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, and United, with nonstop flights from a number of major US hub-cities, including Dallas-Ft Worth and Atlanta. For more information about routes, visit this page: CID Nonstops.
Once in Iowa, there are numerous ground transportation options, including car rentals, shuttles (approximately $40 per trip for single riders; less for groups), taxis, and ride shares such as Lyft and Uber. Check out this page for more information: CID Ground Transportation
Quad Cities Airport (MLI): The next closest airport to Iowa City is in Davenport, about a 1 hour drive from the UI campus. With non-stop flights from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Vegas, and other major US cities, this is also a great option for getting to the ITF. Airlines servicing MLI are: Allgiant, American, Delta, and United. For more information on flights: MLI Flight Information
Ground Transportation options from Davenport include car rentals, shuttles (reservations required; price quoted at time of writing was $137 for a van of 4 passengers), ride share, and taxis. Since MLI is a little further, we recommend that transportation plans be made in advance: MLI Ground Transportation
Des Moines International Airport (DSM): At a 2 hour drive, Des Moines is the furthest option, but is a larger airport with more flights, nonstops, and carriers, enabling more economical and flexible trip options. Airlines servicing DSM are: Allegiant, Frontier, Southwest (must book directly with Southwest at https://www.southwest.com/), United, Delta, and American, with nonstop options from many US cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Phoenix, and many more. For a full list of nonstop service, visit this page: DSM Nonstop Service
Since the drive is rather long and shuttle options for that distance are quite limited, a car rental is likely to be your best option. For more information about ground transportation at DSM: DSM Ground Transportation