There are 7 ways to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames 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  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM

$185 - $717

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL to Ames, IA 1486

$52 - $93

5 alternative options

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA

$156 - $698

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Waterloo (ALO) ORD - ALO
  2. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$180 - $686

Fly to Mason City, bus  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Mason City (MCW) ORD - MCW
  2. Take the bus from Mason City, IA to Ames, IA

$100 - $244

Train, bus  •  11 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station 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 / ...

$115 - $245

Drive  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames 353.9 miles

$30 - $50

What companies run services between Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD), USA and Ames, IA, USA?

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames every 2 hours. Alternatively, Burlington Trailways operates a bus from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $90 and the journey takes 9 h 10 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 2 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 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 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
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak 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 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
Bus from Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
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 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
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
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
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) and Ames is 472 km. The road distance is 566 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 49 min.

The quickest way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames is to fly which takes 3 h 11 min and costs $180 - $750.

It takes approximately 3 h 11 min to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames, including transfers.