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There are 6 ways to get from Des Moines to Houston by plane, night bus, bus or car

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Fly to Houston  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Houston (IAH) DSM - IAH

$223 - $1,106

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Bus  •  21 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Dallas, Tx
  3. Take the bus from Dallas/Forth Worth to Houston, TX

$123 - $243

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Fly to Houston Hobby Apt  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Houston Hobby Apt (HOU) DSM - HOU

$244 - $1,104

Night bus, bus  •  21 h 15 min

  1. Take the night bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 805
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Dallas, Tx
  3. Take the night bus from Dallas, Tx to Houston, Tx

$124 - $275

Bus via Houston, Tx  •  22 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Dallas, Tx
  3. Take the bus from Dallas, Tx to Houston, Tx

$124 - $275

Drive  •  15 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Houston 939.5 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Houston is to drive which costs $90 - $140 and takes 15 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Houston is to fly which costs $220 - $1,200 and takes 4 h 58 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to Houston. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Houston, Tx via Kansas City, Mo and Dallas, Tx. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 15 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and Houston is 829 miles. The road distance is 939.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Houston without a car is to night bus and bus which takes 21 h 15 min and costs $120 - $280.

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Des Moines to Houston, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Houston is to fly which takes 4 h 58 min and costs $220 - $1,200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $120 - $250 and takes 21 h 23 min.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Houston Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 34 min.

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Des Moines to Houston bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Houston, Tx station.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines to Houston.
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  • Distance: 828.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

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

United Airlines, American Airlines and two other airlines fly from Des Moines to Houston hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to Houston via Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, Mo, Dallas, Tx, Cbd West Tc, Pacific @ Olive - E- Ns, and Dallas/Forth Worth in around 21 h 23 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Houston Hobby Apt via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Houston Hobby Apt via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Des Moines to Houston Hobby Apt via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Houston
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Houston via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Houston via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Houston via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Houston Hobby Apt via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Houston via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Houston via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Houston Hobby Apt via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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jeffersonlines.com
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 Kansas City, Mo to Dallas, Tx
Ave. Duration
11 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $95
Flexible
$110 - $150
Night bus from Dallas, Tx to Houston, Tx
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$28 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70

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Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Houston is 940 miles. It takes approximately 15 h 25 min to drive from Des Moines to Houston.

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American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Houston Airport.

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There are 531+ hotels available in Houston. Prices start at $61 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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