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

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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Train, bus  •  10 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Naperville Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
  3. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$113 - $222

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Bus  •  18 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Naperville, IL to Des Moines, IA 1491,1401 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$52 - $109

6 alternative options

Bus via Cedar Rapids  •  10 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Naperville Amtrak to Cedar Rapids, IA 1492
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA 1486

$72 - $107

Drive  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Aurora to Ames 322.3 miles

$30 - $50

Train, fly to Des Moines  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Aurora to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM

$187 - $754

Train, fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Aurora to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID
  3. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA

$159 - $759

Train, fly to Waterloo, bus  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Aurora to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Waterloo (ALO) ORD - ALO
  3. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$183 - $742

Train, fly to Mason City, bus  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Aurora to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Mason City (MCW) ORD - MCW
  3. Take the bus from Mason City, IA to Ames, IA

$108 - $259

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Aurora to Ames. However, there are services departing from Broadway & Spring St and arriving at Ames, IA via Naperville Amtrak and Cedar Rapids. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 28 min.

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The distance between Aurora and Ames is 275 miles. The road distance is 322.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Aurora to Ames without a car is to train and bus which takes 10 h 23 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 10 h 23 min to get from Aurora to Ames, including transfers.

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Aurora to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Naperville Amtrak station.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Aurora to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Aurora to Ames is 322 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 14 min to drive from Aurora to Ames.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 24+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Aurora to Ames.
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  • Distance: 274.8 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 23 min

What companies run services between Aurora, IL, USA and Ames, IA, USA?

You can take a bus from Aurora to Ames via Naperville Metra, Naperville Amtrak, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Cedar Rapids in around 10 h 28 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Mason City
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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 Naperville Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Aurora to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville Amtrak to Cedar Rapids, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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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
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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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
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
Bus from Mason City, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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