University of Iowa

The recommended way to travel to Iowa City is by flying into the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  (code CID), which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from campus.  We do not recommend flying into other airports such as Des Moines or Moline as they do not have direct ground transportation to Iowa City, or the existing ground transportation is slow and runs on challenging schedules.  You will be able to find direct flights to Cedar Rapids from larger airports such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Denver, Cincinnati, etc.

University offices do not provide transportation between the airport and campus. We recommend you use one of the official transportation businesses which operate out of the airport.  Go to and scroll down to the sections on Shuttle ServicesTaxi Services, or Rideshare Services (Uber or Lyft).  There is no bus service between the airport and Iowa City.  You should make reservations in advance - understand that the Cedar Rapids airport is a small, regional airport located in the countryside between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.  Transportation is not necessarily immediately available there, and you may be left waiting a long time, or without any ride if your flight arrives late at night, so reservations are necessary.  If you arrange taxi service, you need to be sure you do not use the taxi service out of Cedar Rapids, as it will cost you considerably more since they are operating out of a different city. We do not recommend making arrangements with private individuals as we cannot vouch for the safety and security of such rides.