There are 7 ways to get from Des Moines to New Orleans 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 to New Orleans  •  5 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to New Orleans (MSY) DSM - MSY

$263 - $1,219

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  27 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL East Bound
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak City Of New Orleans

$122 - $362

5 alternative options

Fly to Baton Rouge, bus  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Baton Rouge (BTR) DSM - BTR
  2. Take the bus from Baton Rouge, La to New Orleans, La

$306 - $1,262

Bus  •  25 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to St Louis, Mo
  3. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Memphis, Tn
  4. Take the bus from Memphis, Tn to Baton Rouge, La
  5. Take the bus from Baton Rouge, La to New Orleans, La

$154 - $350

Bus, train via Davenport, IA  •  27 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Davenport, IA
  2. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Champaign, IL
  3. Take the train from Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak

$188 - $423

Bus, train #2  •  30 h 3 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
  4. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak

$218 - $562

Drive  •  17 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to New Orleans 1015.3 miles

$95 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to New Orleans is to drive which costs $95 - $150 and takes 17 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to New Orleans is to fly which costs $260 - $1,300 and takes 5 h 6 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and New Orleans is 833 miles. The road distance is 1015.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 6 min to get from Des Moines to New Orleans, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to New Orleans. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at New Orleans, La via Kansas City, Mo, St Louis, Mo, Memphis, Tn and Baton Rouge, La. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25 h 41 min.

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What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and New Orleans, LA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from Des Moines to New Orleans hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to New Orleans via Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, Mo, St Louis, Mo, Memphis, Tn, and Baton Rouge, La in around 25 h 41 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $1,400
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Minneapolis, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Detroit, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Houston
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Houston
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Baton Rouge via Denver, Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,500
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to New Orleans via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,600
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 Champaign-Urbana Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak
Ave. Duration
17 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $650
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak
Ave. Duration
19 h 42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $360
Room
$490 - $700
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
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Baton Rouge, La to New Orleans, La
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Kansas City, Mo to St Louis, Mo
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Bus from St Louis, Mo to Memphis, Tn
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$60 - $80
Bus from Memphis, Tn to Baton Rouge, La
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Champaign, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
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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