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There are 8 ways to get from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) by plane, bus, subway, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) DSM - ORD

$188 - $738

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Rockford 1486
  2. Take the bus from Rockford,IL-Rockford Bus Terminal to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport

$82 - $110

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Bus to Cedar Rapids, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Cedar Rapids
  2. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CID - ORD

$151 - $743

Bus to Waterloo, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Waterloo, IA
  2. Fly from Waterloo (ALO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ALO - ORD

$176 - $726

Bus to Mason City, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Mason City, IA
  2. Fly from Mason City (MCW) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) MCW - ORD

$99 - $242

Fly Des Moines to Chicago Midway, subway  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago Midway (MDW) DSM - MDW
  2. Take the subway from Jackson-Blue to O'Hare

$202 - $897

Bus, train  •  11 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
  3. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station

$97 - $213

Drive  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) 356.6 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 5 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is to fly which costs $180 - $750 and takes 3 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD). However, there are services departing from Ames, IA and arriving at Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport via Rockford,IL-Rockford Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 36 min.

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The distance between Ames and Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 295 miles. The road distance is 356.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 36 min and costs $80 - $110.

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It takes approximately 3 h 5 min to get from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD), including transfers.

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Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Ames, IA station.

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The best way to get from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is to fly which takes 3 h 5 min and costs $180 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $80 - $110 and takes 10 h 36 min.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) bus services, operated by Vangalder Bus, arrive at Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport station.

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Map of how to get from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD).
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  • Distance: 295.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 5 min

What companies run services between Ames, IA, USA and Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD), USA?

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) via Rockford and Rockford,IL-Rockford Bus Terminal in around 10 h 36 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Mason City to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Waterloo, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Rockford
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Mason City, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Vangalder Bus
Phone
+1 608-752-5407
Email
vangalder@coachusa.com
Bus from Rockford,IL-Rockford Bus Terminal to Chicago, IL - O'Hare International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
vangalderbus.com
Book at
govangalder.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 357 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 53 min to drive from Ames to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD).

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 264+ hotels available in Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD). Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ames to Des Moines Airport is to shuttle which takes 45 min and costs $38.

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