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There are 9 ways to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare  •  2 h 37 min

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

$152 - $702

Cheapest option

Bus Windstar  •  7 h 30 min

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

$2 - $5

7 alternative options

Bus to Cedar Rapids, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Cedar Rapids
  2. Fly from Cedar Rapids (CID) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) CID - ORD

$154 - $748

Bus to Waterloo, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Waterloo, IA
  2. Fly from Waterloo (ALO) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) ALO - ORD

$180 - $731

Fly Des Moines to Chicago Midway  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Chicago Midway (MDW) DSM - MDW

$166 - $861

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  7 h 40 min

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

$51 - $83

Bus Suburban Express  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA 1205 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Oakbrook. IL - Mall 510ia / ...

$63 - $89

Bus, train  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA 1402
  2. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station California Zephyr

$81 - $176

Drive  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) 331.8 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is to bus which costs $2 - $5 and takes 7 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is to fly which costs $150 - $700 and takes 2 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD). However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Terminal 2, Chicago, IL - O'Hare Intl Airport via Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa and Oakbrook Mall. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 51 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 297 miles. The road distance is 331.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs $2 - $5.

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It takes approximately 2 h 37 min to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD), including transfers.

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Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Des Moines, IA station.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is to fly which takes 2 h 37 min and costs $150 - $700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $2 - $5 and takes 7 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 21 min.

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Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) bus services, operated by Suburban Express, arrive at Oakbrook. IL - Mall station.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD).
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  • Distance: 296.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 37 min

What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD), USA?

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) hourly. Alternatively, Windstar operates a bus from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) once daily, and the journey takes 6 h 35 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Cedar Rapids to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis, Nashville
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
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 Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Waterloo, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Suburban Express
Website
suburbanexpress.com
Bus from Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa to Oakbrook. IL - Mall
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Schedules at
suburbanexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 332 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 28 min to drive from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD).

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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There are 259+ hotels available in Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD). Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Des Moines Airport is to line 8 bus which takes 11 min and costs $2.

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