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

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Bus  •  3 h 10 min

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

$40 - $55

2 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Kansas City 194.9 miles

$19 - $28

Fly  •  6 h 31 min

  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 3 h 10 min.

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

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The distance between Des Moines and Kansas City is 290 km. The road distance is 312 km.

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

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

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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 hourly. Tickets cost $40 - $55 and the journey takes 3 h 10 min. Alternatively, American Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from Des Moines to Kansas City hourly.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
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
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
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
5 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Kansas City via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
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
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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