There are 7 ways to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames by plane, bus 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 13 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 27 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 49 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

Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  9 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA 1202 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$72 - $120

Drive  •  5 h 49 min

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

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

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.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames is to fly which costs $180 - $750 and takes 3 h 13 min.

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The distance between Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) and Ames is 295 miles. The road distance is 353.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 24 min and costs $70 - $120.

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It takes approximately 3 h 13 min to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames is to fly which takes 3 h 13 min and costs $180 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $120 and takes 9 h 24 min.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames is 354 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 49 min to drive from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames.

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Map of how to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames.
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  • Distance: 295.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 13 min

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, you can take a bus from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames via Clinton-Blue, Chicago, IL, and Des Moines, IA in around 9 h 24 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 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 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 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
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
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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, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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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
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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
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
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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