There are 7 ways to get from Boston to Des Moines 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Des Moines (DSM) BOS - DSM

$194 - $722

Cheapest option

Bus  •  30 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Boston, MA - South Station to New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Chicago, Il
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA

$158 - $324

5 alternative options

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  11 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Waterloo (ALO) BOS - ALO
  2. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Des Moines, IA

$261 - $1,003

Train, bus via Des Moines, IA  •  29 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA 1205 / ...

$181 - $469

Train, bus  •  29 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA West Bound

Train, bus via Ottumwa, IA  •  30 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station 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

$234 - $594

Drive  •  21 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Boston to Des Moines 1316.2 miles

$120 - $190

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Boston to Des Moines is to drive which costs $120 - $190 and takes 21 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Des Moines is to fly which costs $190 - $750 and takes 7 h 26 min.

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The distance between Boston and Des Moines is 1163 miles. The road distance is 1316.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to Des Moines without a car is to train and bus which takes 29 h 22 min and costs $180 - $470.

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It takes approximately 7 h 26 min to get from Boston to Des Moines, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Boston to Des Moines is to fly which takes 7 h 26 min and costs $190 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $150 - $330 and takes 30 h 35 min.

Mode details

There is no direct flight from Boston Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 48 min and has one stopover.

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Des Moines is 1 h behind Boston. It is currently 6:44 PM in Boston and 5:44 PM in Des Moines.

Map of how to get from Boston to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 1162.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 26 min

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Boston to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Boston to Des Moines via New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, Ny, Chicago, Il, UIC-Halsted, Clinton-Blue, and Chicago, IL in around 30 h 35 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $950
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $950
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $950
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $950
Flights from Boston to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Boston to Waterloo via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Boston to Waterloo via Rochester, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Boston to Waterloo via Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Boston to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Boston to Waterloo via New York La Guardia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Boston to Waterloo via New York JFK, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
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 Boston South Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
21 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$130 - $200
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $340
Business Coach Seat
$280 - $390
Room
$500 - $750
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 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
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
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
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
bus
Bus from Boston, MA - South Station to New York City, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$31
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from New York, Ny to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $130
Flexible
$150 - $210

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