There are 5 ways to get from Bloomington to Iowa State University by bus, car, plane or train

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Bus  •  8 h 55 min

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

$66 - $93

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Drive  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Bloomington to Iowa State University 332 miles

$30 - $50

Fly from Bloomington  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Bloomington (BMI) to Des Moines (DSM) BMI - DSM

$289 - $1,441

Bus to Chicago O'Hare, fly  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Bloomington Pilot Sta to Chicago, Il
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM

$199 - $789

Train to St. Louis, fly  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Bloomington-Normal Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station
  2. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Des Moines (DSM) STL - DSM

$228 - $877

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Bloomington to Iowa State University. However, there are services departing from Bloomington/Normal, IL and arriving at Ames, IA via Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 55 min.

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The distance between Bloomington and Iowa State University is 266 miles. The road distance is 332 miles.

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Iowa State University without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 55 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 55 min to get from Bloomington to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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Bloomington to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Bloomington/Normal, IL station.

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Iowa State University is to bus which takes 8 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 7 h 12 min.

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There is no direct flight from Bloomington Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 34 min and has one stopover.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Bloomington to Iowa State University is 332 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to drive from Bloomington to Iowa State University.

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Allegiant Air, Delta and American Airlines offer flights from Bloomington Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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Map of how to get from Bloomington to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 265.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 55 min

What companies run services between Bloomington, IL, USA and Iowa State University, IA, USA?

You can take a bus from Bloomington to Iowa State University via Des Moines, IA and Ames, IA in around 8 h 55 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and Allegiant Air fly from Bloomington to Iowa State University every 3 hours.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Bloomington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Bloomington to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,600
Flights from Bloomington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare, Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $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
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from St. Louis to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Bloomington to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
Flights from Bloomington to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Bloomington to Des Moines via Orlando Sanford
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,900
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 Bloomington-Normal Amtrak to St. Louis Gateway Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $85
Room
$180 - $260
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
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
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jeffersonlines.com
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 Bloomington Pilot Sta to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45

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

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The best way to get from Bloomington to Bloomington Airport is to bus which takes 32 min and costs .

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