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

The University of Iowa will provide a bus for newly arriving international students. A schedule of bus departure times and drop-off locations in Iowa City will be available on your Pre-Arrival Checklist in the iHawk system, please check there for additional details. Students arriving on dates when a bus is not available are strongly encouraged to use one of the airport shuttle services (about $38-$50, with a tip of a few dollars for the driver optional).  We discourage new students from accepting rides from other students or community members.

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 Services

  • 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.

For more information, visit the UI Admissions website.