There are 9 ways to get from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University by plane, bus, 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 to Des Moines  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Des Moines (DSM) DTW - DSM

$216 - $1,000

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Bus  •  16 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Ann Arbor, Mi to Chicago, Il 5515 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA 1485

$66 - $166

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Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  7 h 13 min

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

$198 - $405

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  10 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Waterloo (ALO) DTW - ALO
  2. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$272 - $1,188

Train, bus  •  13 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Ann Arbor Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$116 - $229

Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  13 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Ann Arbor, MI to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$96 - $177

Train, bus via Ottumwa, IA  •  14 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Ann Arbor Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
  4. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
  5. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$159 - $354

Train, bus #2  •  16 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Ann Arbor Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Wolverine
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA 1485

$81 - $209

Drive  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University 585.5 miles

$55 - $85

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The cheapest way to get from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University is to drive which costs $55 - $85 and takes 9 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University is to fly which costs $210 - $1,000 and takes 5 h 27 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University. However, there are services departing from Ann Arbor, MI and arriving at Ames, IA via Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 59 min.

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The distance between Ann Arbor and Iowa State University is 511 miles. The road distance is 585.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University without a car is to train and bus which takes 13 h 9 min and costs $110 - $230.

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It takes approximately 5 h 27 min to get from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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Ann Arbor to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, depart from Ann Arbor, MI station.

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The best way to get from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University is to fly which takes 5 h 27 min and costs $210 - $1,000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $95 - $180 and takes 13 h 59 min.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 46 min.

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Ann Arbor to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 510.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 27 min

What companies run services between Ann Arbor, MI, USA and Iowa State University, IA, USA?

Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University via Chicago, IL, Des Moines, IA, and Ames, IA in around 13 h 59 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $450
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $450
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $480
Flights from Detroit to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Flights from Detroit to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Detroit to Waterloo via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $550
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Ann Arbor Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Room
$210 - $300
Train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 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 Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Ann Arbor, MI to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $65
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$25 - $40
Online Fare
$30 - $55
Standard Fare
$40 - $65
Refundable
$45 - $70
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Ann Arbor, Mi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70

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Iowa State University is 1 h behind Ann Arbor. It is currently 11:41 AM in Ann Arbor and 10:41 AM in Iowa State University.

Yes, the driving distance between Ann Arbor to Iowa State University is 586 miles. It takes approximately 9 h 30 min to drive from Ann Arbor to Iowa State University.

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American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Detroit Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 25+ hotels available in Iowa State University. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Ann Arbor to Detroit Airport is to bus which takes 35 min and costs $7 - $11.

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