There are 7 ways to get from Des Moines to Cleveland by plane, bus, train or car

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Recommended option

Fly to Cleveland  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Cleveland (CLE) DSM - CLE

$175 - $905

Cheapest option

Bus  •  14 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL East Bound
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Cleveland, Oh 1604 / ...

$35 - $95

5 alternative options

Fly to Akron, bus  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Akron (CAK) DSM - CAK
  2. Take the bus from Akron, Oh to Cleveland, Oh

$214 - $1,027

Bus, train  •  14 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL 1205 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Cleveland Amtrak Capitol Limited / ...

$104 - $228

Bus, Megabus  •  14 h 37 min

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

$79 - $128

Bus, train via Ottumwa, IA  •  16 h 26 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
  4. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Cleveland Amtrak

$153 - $352

Drive  •  11 h

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Cleveland 664 miles

$65 - $95

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Cleveland is to bus which costs $35 - $95 and takes 14 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Cleveland is to fly which costs $170 - $950 and takes 5 h 7 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to Cleveland. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Cleveland, Oh via Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 31 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and Cleveland is 619 miles. The road distance is 664 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Cleveland without a car is to bus and train which takes 14 h 7 min and costs $100 - $230.

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It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Des Moines to Cleveland, including transfers.

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Des Moines to Cleveland bus services, operated by Windstar, depart from Des Moines, IA station.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Cleveland is to fly which takes 5 h 7 min and costs $170 - $950. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $95 and takes 14 h 31 min.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Cleveland Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Des Moines to Cleveland bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Cleveland, Oh station.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines to Cleveland.
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  • Distance: 619.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 7 min

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

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Des Moines to Cleveland hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to Cleveland via Chicago, IL and Chicago, Il in around 14 h 31 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Akron via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Akron via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Akron via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Akron via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Akron via Detroit
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Akron via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Cleveland via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $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 Chicago Union Station to Cleveland Amtrak
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Room
$260 - $360
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
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Akron, Oh to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
Bus from Chicago, Il to Cleveland, Oh
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $65
Flexible
$70 - $95
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
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

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