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There are 5 ways to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  2 h 30 min

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

$158 - $679

Cheapest option

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  8 h 58 min

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

$58 - $90

3 alternative options

Bus Windstar  •  8 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA West Bound

Train, bus  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA 1491 / ...

$75 - $170

Drive  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines 330 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines is to fly which costs $150 - $700 and takes 2 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Terminal 2, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 58 min.

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The distance between Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) and Des Moines is 297 miles. The road distance is 330 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 32 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 30 min to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines, including transfers.

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Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines 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 Des Moines is to fly which takes 2 h 30 min and costs $150 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 32 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 Des Moines bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 296.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 30 min

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

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines every 2 hours. Alternatively, Windstar operates a bus from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines once daily, and the journey takes 6 h 40 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
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
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
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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
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
Book at
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
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines is 330 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 24 min to drive from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Des Moines.

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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 105+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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