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There are 6 ways to get from Ames to Minneapolis by bus, car or plane

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Bus via Mall of America - Bloomington, MN  •  4h 5m

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

$45 - $62

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Bus  •  4h 30m

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

$45 - $65

Drive  •  3h 32m

  1. Drive from Ames to Minneapolis 215.3 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from Des Moines  •  3h 27m

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

$240 - $361

Bus to Mason City, fly  •  3h 51m

  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  •  5h 9m

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

$178 - $449

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Ames to Minneapolis is to fly which costs $240 - $370 and takes 3h 27m.

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

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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 4h 5m and costs $45 - $65.

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It takes approximately 4h 5m 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 4h 5m and costs $45 - $65. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $240 - $370 and takes 3h 27m.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Minneapolis Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 16m.

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

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Map of how to get from Ames to Minneapolis.
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  • Distance: 205.5 miles
  • Duration: 4h 5m

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

Jefferson Lines operates a bus from Ames to Minneapolis once a week. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 3h 25m. Alternatively, Delta flies from Ames to Minneapolis 4 times a day.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Mason City to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
56m
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
3h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Minneapolis, MN
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Ames, IA to Mason City, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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

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Delta offers flights from Des Moines Airport to Minneapolis Airport.

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There are 296+ hotels available in Minneapolis. Prices start at $80 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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