There are 7 ways to get from Aurora to Des Moines by bus, train, 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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Bus  •  8 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA 1201-1205 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA to Des Moines, IA 1205 / ...

$73 - $108

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Train, bus Windstar  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Aurora to Chicago Union Station Bnsf
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA West Bound

Train Amtrak, bus  •  9 h 19 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

$96 - $198

Train Amtrak, bus #2  •  14 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Naperville Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA 1491,1401 / ...

$76 - $167

Drive  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Aurora to Des Moines 298.4 miles

$29 - $45

Train, fly to Des Moines  •  5 h 23 min

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

$157 - $710

Train, fly to Waterloo, bus  •  9 h 38 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 Des Moines, IA

$184 - $741

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The cheapest way to get from Aurora to Des Moines is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 4 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Aurora to Des Moines is to drive which costs $29 - $45 and takes 4 h 50 min.

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The distance between Aurora and Des Moines is 275 miles. The road distance is 298.4 miles.

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It takes approximately 8 h 11 min to get from Aurora to Des Moines, including transfers.

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

You can take a bus from Aurora to Des Moines via Naperville, Naperville, IL, and Iowa City, IA in around 8 h 11 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 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
Train operators
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
Amtrak
Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville, IL to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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 Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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