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There are 9 ways to get from Boston to Iowa State University by plane, train, car, bus or night bus

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Fly Boston to Des Moines

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

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Fly Boston to Minneapolis, bus

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Minneapolis (MSP)
  2. Take the bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Ames, IA

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Train to Providence, fly to Des Moines

  1. Take the train from Boston to Providence
  2. Fly from Providence (PVD) to Des Moines (DSM)

Fly Boston to Fort Dodge, drive

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Fort Dodge (FOD)
  2. Drive from Fort Dodge to Iowa State University

Train, night bus, bus

  1. Take the train from Boston to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the night bus from Chicago, Il to Des Moines, Ia
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, Ia to Ames, Ia

Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Boston to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Ames, Ia

Train, bus via Saint Paul

  1. Take the train from Boston to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis
  3. Take the bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Ames, IA

Bus

  1. Take the bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
  2. Take the bus from New York to Kansas City
  3. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA

Drive

  1. Drive from Boston to Iowa State University

Boston to Iowa State University by train, bus, night bus and walk

7 Weekly Services
32h 34m Average Duration
$182 Cheapest Price
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Boston → Iowa State University
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Iowa State University is 800-232-4636.

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The most affordable way to get from Boston to Iowa State University is to drive, which costs $130 - $190 and takes 22h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Iowa State University is to fly which costs $240 - $700 and takes 7h 24m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Boston station to Iowa State University. However, there are services departing from South Station, Boston, MA and arriving at Ames, IA via New York and Kansas City, MO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42h 2m.

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The distance between Boston and Iowa State University is 1160 miles. The road distance is 1339.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Boston to Iowa State University without a car is to train and night bus and bus which takes 32h 34m and costs $180 - $270.

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It takes approximately 7h 24m to get from Boston to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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Boston to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Peter Pan Bus Lines, depart from South Station, Boston, MA.

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The best way to get from Boston to Iowa State University is to fly which takes 7h 24m and costs $240 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $170 - $300 and takes 42h 2m.

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There is no direct flight from Boston Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 2m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Boston to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 1159.9 miles
  • Duration: 7h 24m

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Iowa State University, IA, USA?

Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Boston to Iowa State University hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Boston to Iowa State University via Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY, New York, Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, and Ames, IA in around 42h 2m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $600
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
9h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
10h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $420
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $420
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $430
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis via Columbus
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $430
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
6h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 9m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 8m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 44m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Boston to Fort Dodge via Chicago O'Hare, Mason City
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Boston to Fort Dodge via Newark, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
13h 49m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Boston to Fort Dodge via Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
14h 34m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Boston to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Baltimore, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $400
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis via Baltimore
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $400
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Providence to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis via Toronto
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Boston to Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak Acela

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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston to Providence
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $95
Website
Amtrak Acela
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$16 - $50
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$29 - $85
Business Seat - Adult
$30 - $95
First Class - Child 2-12
$55 - $90
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$100 - $160
First Class - Adult
$110 - $180
MBTA
Phone
+1-617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Providence
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $13
Website
MBTA
children 11 and under
$0
Adult
$11 - $13
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston to Providence
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $75
Schedules at
amtrak.com
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amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$13 - $40
Reserved Coach Seat
$25 - $75
Business Class Seat
$40 - $100
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
22h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Premium
$330 - $460
Flexi Coach Seat
$200 - $310
Business Seat
$220 - $310
Train from Chicago Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 48m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
Amtrak
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Premium
$230 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$95 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
+1-858-800-8898
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Burlington Trailways
Phone
1(800) 992-4618
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Night bus from Chicago, Il to Des Moines, Ia
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, Ia to Ames, Ia
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Ames, Ia
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from South Station, Boston, MA to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, NY
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
peterpanbus.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 Boston to New York
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from New York to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
31h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$120 - $180
Flexible
$180 - $260

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Iowa State University is 1h behind Boston. It is currently 9:18 PM in Boston and 8:18 PM in Iowa State University.

Yes, the driving distance between Boston to Iowa State University is 1340 miles. It takes approximately 22h 10m to drive from Boston to Iowa State University.

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Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Boston Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 28+ hotels available in Iowa State University. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Boston to Boston Airport is to bus which takes 0 min and costs $1 - $13.

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