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There are 3 ways to get from Des Moines to Ames by bus, taxi or car

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Bus  •  35 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$15 - $35

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Taxi  •  37 min

  1. Take a taxi from Des Moines to Ames 34.6 miles

$80 - $95

Drive  •  37 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Ames 34.6 miles

$3 - $5

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Ames is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Ames is to bus which costs $15 - $35 and takes 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Ames, IA. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 35 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and Ames is 30 miles. The road distance is 34.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Ames without a car is to bus which takes 35 min and costs $15 - $35.

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The bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA takes 35 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Des Moines to Ames bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Des Moines, IA station.

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Des Moines to Ames bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Ames is 35 miles. It takes approximately 37 min to drive from Des Moines to Ames.

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There are 25+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 30.2 miles
  • Duration: 35 min

What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and Ames, IA, USA?

Jefferson Lines operates a bus from Des Moines to Ames 3 times a day. Tickets cost $15 - $22 and the journey takes 35 min. Burlington Trailways also services this route once daily.

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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
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jeffersonlines.com
Other operators
Taxi from Des Moines to Ames
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Capitol Cab
Phone
+1 515-243-1111
Freedom Taxicab
Phone
+1 515-289-9800

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