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There are 8 ways to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Des Moines  •  2 h 50 min

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

$195 - $715

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Bus  •  12 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA 1485

$37 - $95

6 alternative options

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  5 h 26 min

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

$151 - $693

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  6 h 48 min

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

$175 - $682

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  •  10 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA 1203 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 1486

$75 - $115

Train, bus  •  11 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
  2. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$90 - $192

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 $190 - $750 and takes 2 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames. However, there are services departing from Terminal 2, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport and arriving at Ames, IA via Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 48 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 10 h 48 min and costs $75 - $120.

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It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames, including transfers.

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Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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The best way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames is to fly which takes 2 h 50 min and costs $190 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $120 and takes 10 h 48 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 14 min.

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Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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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: 2 h 50 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 hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Ames via Union Station, Jackson & Canal, Chicago, IL, and Des Moines, IA in around 10 h 48 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
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

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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice 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,IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $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
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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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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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 26+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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