There are 8 ways to get from Ames to Minneapolis by bus, car or plane

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Recommended option

Bus  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Mall of America - Bloomington, MN 202

$45 - $62

Cheapest option

Bus via Burnsville, MN  •  4 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Burnsville, MN 802 / ...

$44 - $61

6 alternative options

Bus via Albert Lea, MN  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Albert Lea, MN 806 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Albert Lea, MN to Minneapolis, MN 702 / ...

$55 - $75

Bus #2  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis, MN 802 / ...

$45 - $65

Drive  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Ames to Minneapolis 215.3 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from Des Moines  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Minneapolis (MSP) DSM - MSP

$231 - $363

Bus to Mason City, fly  •  3 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Mason City, IA
  2. Fly from Mason City (MCW) to Minneapolis (MSP) MCW - MSP

$61 - $95

Bus to Cedar Rapids, fly  •  5 h 10 min

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

$183 - $456

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Ames to Minneapolis is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ames to Minneapolis is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 32 min.

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The distance between Ames and Minneapolis is 205 miles. The road distance is 215.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to get from Ames to Minneapolis, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ames, IA and arriving at Minneapolis, MN. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Ames to Minneapolis.
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  • Distance: 205.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 3 min

What companies run services between Ames, IA, USA and Minneapolis, MN, USA?

Jefferson Lines operates a bus from Ames to Minneapolis once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3 h 25 min. Alternatively, Delta flies from Ames to Minneapolis 5 times a day.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Mason City to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $120
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Mall of America - Bloomington, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Albert Lea, MN
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Albert Lea, MN to Minneapolis, MN
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Burnsville, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis, MN
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Mason City, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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