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There are 3 ways to get from Des Moines to Kansas City by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  3h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...

$40 - $55

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3h 10m

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Kansas City 194.9 miles

$19 - $28

Fly  •  6h 43m

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Kansas City (MCI) DSM - MCI

$204 - $1,104

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Kansas City is to drive which costs $19 - $28 and takes 3h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Kansas City is to bus which costs $40 - $55 and takes 3h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Kansas City, MO. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 10m.

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The distance between Des Moines and Kansas City is 181 miles. The road distance is 194.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Kansas City without a car is to bus which takes 3h 10m and costs $40 - $55.

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The bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO takes 3h 10m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Des Moines to Kansas City 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 Kansas City is to bus which takes 3h 10m and costs $40 - $55. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $1,100 and takes 6h 43m.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Kansas City Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 55m and has one stopover.

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Des Moines to Kansas City bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Kansas City, MO station.

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  • Distance: 181.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 10m

What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and Kansas City, MO, USA?

Jefferson Lines operates a bus from Des Moines to Kansas City twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $55 and the journey takes 3h 10m. Alternatively, Delta, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Des Moines to Kansas City hourly.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 44m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Houston
Ave. Duration
5h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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jeffersonlines.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Kansas City is 195 miles. It takes approximately 3h 10m to drive from Des Moines to Kansas City.

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Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Kansas City Airport.

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There are 206+ hotels available in Kansas City. Prices start at $64 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 11m and costs $1 - $2.

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