There are 9 ways to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) 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 Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare  •  2 h 38 min

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

$152 - $702

Cheapest option

Bus Windstar  •  7 h 41 min

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

$4 - $7

7 alternative options

Bus to Waterloo, fly to Chicago O'Hare  •  6 h 52 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 30 min

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

$166 - $861

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 Burlington Trailways  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL 1202 / ...

$68 - $93

Bus Burlington Trailways #2  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL 1486

$54 - $98

Bus, train  •  10 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
  2. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA
  3. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak

$100 - $207

Drive  •  5 h 28 min

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

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is to bus which costs $4 - $8 and takes 7 h 41 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 38 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.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 2 h 38 min to get from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD), including transfers.

More details

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

United Airlines and American Airlines fly from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) every 2 hours. 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
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Waterloo to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Chicago Midway via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 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 Iowa City, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
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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