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

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Bus  •  4 h 3 min

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

$45 - $62

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Bus via Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN 802

$46 - $63

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 33 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 18 min

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

$183 - $456

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

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The best way to get from Ames to Minneapolis without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 3 min and costs .

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

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

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The best way to get from Ames to Minneapolis is to bus which takes 4 h 3 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 3 h 33 min.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Minneapolis Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 7 min.

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Ames to Minneapolis bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Minneapolis, MN station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ames to Minneapolis is 215 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 32 min to drive from Ames to Minneapolis.

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Delta offers flights from Des Moines Airport to Minneapolis Airport.

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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 21 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
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jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis-St Paul Airport, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis, MN
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Mason City, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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There are 293+ hotels available in Minneapolis. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ames to Des Moines Airport is to shuttle which takes 1 h and costs .

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