Iowa City is situated along the Iowa River, just south of Interstate 80. If you're driving (or walking or pedaling or riding), you can't miss us. If you're parachuting, look for the gold dome at the center of town, and mind the spike.

The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about twenty miles north of Iowa City. This is the nearest airport to Iowa City and the one most travelers use. A comprehensive list of ground transportation options between the Eastern Iowa Airport and Iowa City appears HERE. The Greyhound bus makes two trips daily between the airport and Iowa City.  

The Quad Cities International Airport (MLI) is located in Moline, Illinois, approximately 65 miles from Iowa City. Though not as close as the airport in Cedar Rapids, flights into Moline can be a value. 

There is no train service to Iowa City.

For more information about traveling to Iowa City, visit AIR & CAR TRAVEL at Think Iowa City.


Think Iowa City is a terrific resource guide for all things Iowa City and the neighboring communities of Coralville and North Liberty, including accomodations. Click STAY for more information.

If you're looking for a traveling companion to Iowa City, or for someone to share housing costs with while you're here, join the Iowa Summer Writing Festival Hovel on Facebook and post your specifics. This is the Festival's participant-run travel and housing forum.


The following properties offer special rates to Festival participants. To receive these rates, indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival when you make your reservation. There may be weeks in which our block of rooms fills up quickly. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations early.

Iowa City Properties (within walking distance of Festival classrooms/venues)

Graduate Hotel A limited number of rooms have been reserved at Graduate Iowa City on the pedestrian mall downtown.  Rates are $99 plus tax per night. Rooms include complimentary internet access. Overnight parking is included. To reserve, call (319) 337-4058. Indicate that you are participating in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. These rooms will be held until June 8. The following suites are also available at discounted rates: king suite: $169; family suite: $139; hospitality suite: $199. If interested in reserving a suite, please contact Graduate Iowa City - Maria Jacavino at 319-248-4455 directly to make your reservation. Take a virtual tour of The Graduate here.

Iowa House A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Iowa House, a hotel located on campus in the Iowa Memorial Union. Rates are $95 plus tax per night. Iowa House offers complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, and wireless internet access, as well as admission to the Campus Recreation Center. Rooms include microwaves and refrigerators. To reserve, call 319-335-3513, or book online at Enter 072023 in the GROUP code field. These rooms will be held until three weeks before the beginning of each session.

Hyatt Place Hyatt Place Iowa City Downtown offers a rate of $99 per night plus tax ($112.37 after taxes and fees). Free Parking for 1 vehicle Sun-Wed; based on availability* $9/night Parking Th-Sat (City parking for $7.50/day-$1/hr). Free daily hot Breakfast Buffet (Mon-Fri 6:30-9:30 AM & Sat-Sun 7-10 AM). Spacious room with desk, mini-fridge, sofa and HDTV with Chromecast. 24/7 Gym. Heated indoor Pool overlooking Downtown Iowa City. Free Wi-fi throughout the hotel. 24-hour cancellation. To reserve, use the QR Code or call 319-569-2780 and mention the UI Creative Writing/University of Iowa VIP/Iowa City Travel Rate. This rate will be available until three weeks prior to the beginning of each session. 

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HotelVetro, Tapestry Collection by Hilton A small block of rooms is available at hotelVetro downtown, steps from the Iowa City Public Library. Rates are $119 per night plus tax for one King with kitchenette or two Queens with kitchenette. Paid parking is available. Hotel Vetro -

Hotel Chauncey, Tapestry Collection by Hilton Located in downtown Iowa City, on the 5th through the 8th floor of the Chauncey building, the Hotel Chauncey is a modern boutique hotel with views overlooking Iowa City. Each room is equipped with a full kitchen with cutlery & utensils. Rates are $119 per night plus tax. Paid parking is available. Hotel Chauncey -

Hilton Garden Inn Discover downtown Iowa City from the Hilton Garden Inn, two blocks from the University of Iowa and the Old Capitol Museum. Rates are $119 a night plus tax. Enjoy made-to-order breakfast in our Garden Grille in the lobby, and brunch, dinner, or cocktails at the Vue, our rooftop restaurant with the best view of Downtown Iowa City. Relax with a dip in our indoor salt-water pool and hot tub or get your work-out on in our fitness center. Stay connected with work and family in our business center. If you need anything at all to make your stay even better, don't hesitate to reach out to one of our accommodating staff members. We look forward to hosting you soon! 

The Brown Street Inn has three rooms that each have queen bed. They will offer an Iowa Summer Writing Festival rate of $130 a night, for stays of 4 nights or longer. They have one room with a king size bed, which will be $150/night for festival attendees, again for stays of 4 nights or more. This reduced rate includes daily breakfast, towel service every 3-4 days and on request, and full room service on Saturdays or after 5 days, on request. Each room has a bathroom en suite, with walk in showers in the queen rooms and a soaking tub/shower in the Green Room (the king bedroom). Guests will have full access to all the common areas, including living room, music room and front porch. We encourage interested parties to look at their website The Brown Street Inn phone is 319-338-0435 and the best email for making reservation inquiries is

In Coralville (a short car, bus, or ride service to campus):

Heartland Inn