There are 7 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.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  10 h 16 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 / ...

$111 - $233

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 26 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

5 alternative options

Drive  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Aurora to Ames 322.3 miles

$30 - $50

Train, fly to Des Moines  •  6 h 5 min

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

$183 - $748

Train, fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  7 h 29 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

$155 - $753

Train, fly to Waterloo, bus  •  8 h 48 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

$179 - $736

Train, fly to Mason City, bus  •  7 h 25 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

$104 - $253

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Aurora to Ames is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Aurora to Ames is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 14 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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It takes approximately 10 h 16 min to get from Aurora to Ames, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Aurora to Ames. However, there are services departing from Aurora Transportation Center and arriving at Ames, IA via Naperville Amtrak and Cedar Rapids. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 26 min.

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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 26 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 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 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 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
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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
$2 - $4
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
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
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
Book at
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
Book at
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
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
Schedules 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
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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