There are 5 ways to get from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames by taxi, bus, car, shuttle or towncar

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Taxi, bus  •  45 min

  1. Take a taxi from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Des Moines, IA
  2. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$32 - $42

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Towncar  •  47 min

  1. Take a town car from Des Moines Airport to Ames 41 miles

$16 - $180

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  47 min

  1. Take a taxi from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames 41 miles

$90 - $120

Drive  •  47 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames 41 miles

$4 - $6

Shuttle  •  1 h

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Des Moines International Airport, IA to Ames, IA - Iowa State University

$28 - $40

Questions & Answers

The distance between Des Moines Airport (DSM) and Ames is 35 miles. The road distance is 41 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames without a car is to taxi and bus which takes 45 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 45 min to get from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames is 41 miles. It takes approximately 47 min to drive from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames.

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There are 24+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames.
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  • Distance: 34.9 miles
  • Duration: 45 min

What companies run services between Des Moines Airport (DSM), USA and Ames, IA, USA?

There is no direct connection from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Ames. However, you can take the taxi to Des Moines, IA then take the bus to Ames, IA. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Ames.

Bus operators
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
Executive Express
Website
executiveexpress.biz
Shuttle from Des Moines International Airport, IA to Ames, IA - Iowa State University
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
executiveexpress.biz
Book at
executiveexpress.biz
Other operators
Taxi from Des Moines Airport (DSM) to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
10 min
Estimated price
$17 - $20
Capitol Cab
Phone
+1 515-243-1111
Freedom Taxicab
Phone
+1 515-289-9800
Jayride
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Des Moines Airport to Ames
Estimated price
$16 - $180

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