There are 5 ways to get from Chicago to Iowa State University by plane, bus, night bus or car

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Fly to Des Moines  •  4h 52m

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

$178 - $380

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Bus  •  10h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Ames, Ia Btw1485

$65 - $95

3 alternative options

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  8h 15m

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

$116 - $443

Night bus, bus  •  8h 54m

  1. Take the night bus from Chicago, Il to Des Moines, Ia Btw1203
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, Ia to Ames, Ia Btw1486

$69 - $100

Drive  •  5h 58m

  1. Drive from Chicago to Iowa State University 359.4 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Iowa State University is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 5h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Iowa State University is to fly which costs $170 - $380 and takes 4h 52m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, Il and arriving at Ames, Ia. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 30m.

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The distance between Chicago and Iowa State University is 311 miles. The road distance is 359.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Iowa State University without a car is to bus which takes 10h 44m and costs $65 - $95.

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It takes approximately 4h 52m to get from Chicago to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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Chicago to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Chicago, Il station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Iowa State University is to fly which takes 4h 52m and costs $170 - $380. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $65 - $95 and takes 10h 44m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Chicago to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Ames, Ia station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 311.3 miles
  • Duration: 4h 52m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and Iowa State University, IA, USA?

United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Chicago to Iowa State University every 2 hours. Alternatively, Burlington Trailways operates a bus from Chicago, Il to Ames, Ia once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $95 and the journey takes 10h 30m.

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American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $380
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $380
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Phone
1(800) 992-4618
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, Ia to Ames, Ia
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Ames, Ia
Ave. Duration
10h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
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burlingtontrailways.com
Night bus from Chicago, Il to Des Moines, Ia
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, Ia to Ames, Ia
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $26
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burlingtontrailways.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Iowa State University is 359 miles. It takes approximately 5h 58m to drive from Chicago to Iowa State University.

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

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There are 37+ hotels available in Iowa State University. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 43 min and costs $2 - $5.

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