There are 6 ways to get from Chicago to West Des Moines by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  3 h 8 min

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

$170 - $727

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Bus Windstar  •  7 h 19 min

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

$3

4 alternative options

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA 1205 / ...

$52 - $81

Train, bus  •  8 h 48 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

$116 - $223

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Davenport, Ia 4567 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Des Moines, IA 1205 / ...

$61 - $112

Drive  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Chicago to West Des Moines 340.7 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

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 7 h 19 min.

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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 7 h 19 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 8 min 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 3 h 8 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 19 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 15 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Chicago to West Des Moines is 341 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 38 min 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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Map of how to get from Chicago to West Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 316.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 8 min

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 6 h 40 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $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
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
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Davenport, Ia
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $55
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$23 - $40
Flexible
$40 - $55

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There are 106+ hotels available in West Des Moines. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chicago to Chicago O'Hare Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs .

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