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There are 7 ways to get from Ames to Denver by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Des Moines to Denver  •  4h 35m

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Denver (DEN) DSM - DEN

$227 - $497

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Bus Burlington Trailways  •  15h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Denver, CO 1401

$106 - $155

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Bus to Cedar Rapids, fly to Denver  •  6h 26m

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Cedar Rapids
  2. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Denver (DEN) CID - DEN

$185 - $745

Fly Des Moines to Colorado Springs, bus  •  7h 32m

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Colorado Springs (COS) DSM - COS
  2. Take the bus from Colorado Springs, CO to Denver

$358 - $1,405

Bus Greyhound USA  •  16h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Denver, Co 1683 / ...

$106 - $213

Bus, train  •  17h 47m

  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 Station to Denver Union Station

$139 - $360

Drive  •  10h 47m

  1. Drive from Ames to Denver 708.8 miles

$65 - $100

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The cheapest way to get from Ames to Denver is to drive which costs $65 - $100 and takes 10h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Ames to Denver is to fly which costs $220 - $500 and takes 4h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ames to Denver. However, there are services departing from Ames, IA and arriving at Denver, CO via Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 25m.

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The distance between Ames and Denver is 618 miles. The road distance is 708.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Ames to Denver without a car is to bus which takes 15h 25m and costs $100 - $160.

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It takes approximately 4h 35m to get from Ames to Denver, including transfers.

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Ames to Denver bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Ames, IA station.

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The best way to get from Ames to Denver is to fly which takes 4h 35m and costs $220 - $500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $160 and takes 15h 25m.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Denver Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 59m.

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Ames to Denver bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Denver, CO station.

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Map of how to get from Ames to Denver.
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  • Distance: 617.5 miles
  • Duration: 4h 35m

What companies run services between Ames, IA, USA and Denver, CO, USA?

United Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Delta fly from Ames to Denver every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ames to Denver via Des Moines, IA in around 15h 25m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Denver via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from Des Moines to Colorado Springs via Denver
Ave. Duration
4h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Colorado Springs via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Flights from Des Moines to Colorado Springs via Chicago O'Hare, Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Denver via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Colorado Springs via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Colorado Springs via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Colorado Springs via Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 6m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Denver via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Denver via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Colorado Springs via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 18m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Des Moines to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Denver
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
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 Station to Denver Union Station
Ave. Duration
13h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $300
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $270
Business Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Room
$430 - $600
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Denver, CO
Ave. Duration
13h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
EPLA Limo Express
Website
eplalimo.com
Bus from Colorado Springs, CO to Denver
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
eplalimo.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Kansas City, Mo to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$60 - $100
Flexible
$110 - $150

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More Questions & Answers

Denver is 1h behind Ames. It is currently 10:41 AM in Ames and 9:41 AM in Denver.

Yes, the driving distance between Ames to Denver is 709 miles. It takes approximately 10h 47m to drive from Ames to Denver.

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Frontier Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Denver Airport.

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There are 469+ hotels available in Denver. Prices start at $82 USD per night.

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

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