Making Travel Arrangements

Most international students, scholars and visitors travel to Iowa City by air. The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids (code CID), which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from campus, is the nearest airport with commercial airline service.

Other airports in Iowa and major airports in cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis do not offer direct ground transportation to Iowa City, and you will find connections to intercity bus services difficult and often expensive.

Travel Arrangements for Students

There are several options for travel from the airport to Iowa City.  The Airport Shuttle Service has a desk inside the Eastern Iowa Airport where staff will be available to assist you in connecting with and paying for your ride.  They do request that reservations be made in advance.  Information on making reservations and the current cost can be found at .  Payment is accepted by credit card or cash.  Because students often ask about this, a tip of a few dollars for the driver is entirely up to you.

We do not recommend making arrangements with private individuals as we cannot vouch for the safety and security of such rides.

Travel Arrangements for Scholars

Your department may make arrangements to provide transportation between the airport and campus or your housing location, but if not, there are two airport shuttle services that provide transportation to the Iowa City area from the Eastern Iowa Airport for about $35 (U.S. dollars).

  • Airport Shuttle ServiceThis service requires a reservation at least 24 hours before your arrival. It is located in the airport terminal near baggage claim and remains open until all scheduled flights have arrived. Call 1-319-365-0655 or 1-800-725-8460.
  • Express LimousinesThis service requires making a reservation at least 48 hours before your arrival. You will need to provide your flight number, airline, and the flight's arrival date and time. Call 1-319-358-8000 or 1-800-383-2219.