There are 8 ways to get from Chicago to Iowa State University by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  7 h 45 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 / ...

$71 - $113

Cheapest option

Bus  •  10 h 55 min

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

$35 - $95

6 alternative options

Train, bus  •  9 h 38 min

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

$114 - $237

Drive  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to Iowa State University 359.5 miles

$35 - $55

Fly to Des Moines  •  5 h 2 min

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

$180 - $745

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  6 h 37 min

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

$152 - $750

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  7 h 59 min

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

$176 - $733

Fly to Mason City, bus  •  6 h 21 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

$101 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to Iowa State University is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 5 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to Iowa State University is to fly which costs $180 - $750 and takes 5 h 2 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at Ames, IA. Services depart once a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10 h 45 min.

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The distance between Chicago and Iowa State University is 311 miles. The road distance is 359.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Iowa State University without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 45 min and costs $70 - $120.

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It takes approximately 7 h 45 min 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 bus which takes 7 h 45 min and costs $70 - $120. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $180 - $750 and takes 5 h 2 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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Chicago to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to Iowa State University is 359 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 57 min to drive from Chicago to Iowa State University.

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

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Map of how to get from Chicago to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 311.3 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 45 min

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

You can take a bus from Chicago to Iowa State University via Des Moines, IA and Ames, IA in around 7 h 45 min. Alternatively, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to Iowa State University every 2 hours.

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
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station 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 Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
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
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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
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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
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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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
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
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

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