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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  3 h 4 min

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

$170 - $727

Cheapest option

Bus Windstar  •  7 h 22 min

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

$3

4 alternative options

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  7 h 48 min

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

$52 - $81

Train, bus  •  8 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak 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 19 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

The cheapest way to get from Chicago to West Des Moines is to bus which costs $3 and takes 7 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chicago to West Des Moines is to fly which costs $170 - $750 and takes 3 h 4 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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It takes approximately 3 h 4 min to get from Chicago to West Des Moines, including transfers.

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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 7 h 22 min.

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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
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 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 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak 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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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
Book at
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
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
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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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