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There are 4 ways to get from Chicago to West Des Moines by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  3h 11m

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

$170 - $727

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Bus  •  7h 10m

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

$1 - $2

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  7h 41m

  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 / ...

$91 - $183

Drive  •  5h 38m

  1. Drive from Chicago to West Des Moines 340.7 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Chicago to West Des Moines is to bus which costs $1 - $2 and takes 7h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to West Des Moines is to fly which costs $170 - $750 and takes 3h 11m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Chicago to West Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Chicago, IL and arriving at University Ave / 70Th St, Wht via Platform G. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 10m.

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The distance between Chicago and West Des Moines is 316 miles. The road distance is 340.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Chicago to West Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 7h 10m and costs $1 - $2.

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It takes approximately 3h 11m to get from Chicago to West Des Moines, including transfers.

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Chicago to West Des Moines bus services, operated by Windstar, depart from Chicago, IL station.

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The best way to get from Chicago to West Des Moines is to fly which takes 3h 11m and costs $170 - $750. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $1 - $2 and takes 7h 10m.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 18m.

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Chicago to West Des Moines bus services, operated by Windstar, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Chicago to West Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 316.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 11m

What companies run services between Chicago, IL, USA and West Des Moines, IA, USA?

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Chicago to West Des Moines every 2 hours. Alternatively, Windstar operates a bus from Chicago to West Des Moines once daily, and the journey takes 6h 40m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
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
4h 53m
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
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to West Des Moines is 341 miles. It takes approximately 5h 38m to drive from Chicago to West 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 108+ hotels available in West Des Moines. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs $2 - $5.

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