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There are 7 ways to get from Des Moines to Niagara Falls by plane, train, bus 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.

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Fly to Buffalo  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Buffalo (BUF) DSM - BUF

$156 - $426

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA, Thru-Bus  •  20 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Hamilton, On
  3. Take the Thru-Bus from Hamilton, ON to Niagara Falls, ON

$58 - $150

5 alternative options

Fly to Rochester, train  •  9 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Rochester (ROC) DSM - ROC
  2. Take the train from Rochester Amtrak Station to Niagara Falls Amtrak Station

$232 - $1,068

Fly to Toronto, train  •  9 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Toronto (YYZ) DSM - YYZ
  2. Take the train from Toronto to Niagara Falls

$196 - $647

Bus, train  •  21 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
  2. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Buffalo Depew Station
  4. Take the train from Buffalo Depew Station to Niagara Falls Amtrak Station

$171 - $428

Bus, Thru-Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  26 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Hamilton, ON
  3. Take the Thru-Bus from Hamilton, ON to Niagara Falls, ON

$89 - $221

Drive  •  14 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Niagara Falls 840.6 miles

$80 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Niagara Falls is to drive which costs $80 - $120 and takes 14 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Niagara Falls is to fly which costs $150 - $430 and takes 7 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to Niagara Falls. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Niagara Falls, ON via Chicago, Il and Hamilton, ON. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 27 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and Niagara Falls is 754 miles. The road distance is 840.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Niagara Falls without a car is to bus and Thru-Bus which takes 20 h 27 min and costs $55 - $150.

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It takes approximately 7 h 6 min to get from Des Moines to Niagara Falls, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Niagara Falls is to fly which takes 7 h 6 min and costs $150 - $430. Alternatively, you can bus and Thru-Bus, which costs $55 - $150 and takes 20 h 27 min.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Buffalo Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Des Moines to Niagara Falls bus services, operated by Greyhound Canada, arrive at Niagara Falls, ON station.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines to Niagara Falls.
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  • Distance: 753.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 6 min

What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and Niagara Falls, NY, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta fly from Des Moines to Niagara Falls hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to Niagara Falls via Chicago, IL, Chicago, Il, Hamilton, On, and Hamilton, ON in around 20 h 27 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $490
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $490
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $490
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $490
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $490
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Detroit
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,400
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,500
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Buffalo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Rochester via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Toronto via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $1,200
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Rochester Amtrak Station to Niagara Falls Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Ottumwa Amtrak Station 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
Train from Chicago Union Station to Buffalo Depew Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $220
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Business Coach Seat
$150 - $220
Room
$330 - $460
Train from Buffalo Depew Station to Niagara Falls Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Rochester to Niagara Falls Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$22 - $45
Economy
$40 - $60
EconomyPlus
$60 - $90
Business
$60 - $90
Train from Toronto to Niagara Falls
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$20 - $45
Economy
$40 - $60
EconomyPlus
$60 - $85
Business
$60 - $85
Train from Buffalo to Niagara Falls Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $75
Website
viarail.ca
Escape
$14 - $40
Economy
$35 - $50
EconomyPlus
$50 - $75
Business
$45 - $65
Bus operators
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
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 Chicago, Il to Hamilton, On
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $80
Flexible
$95 - $130
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Hamilton, ON to Niagara Falls, ON
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $27
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$10 - $15
Online Fare
$10 - $24
Standard Fare
$18 - $27
Refundable
$22 - $35
Bus from Chicago, IL to Hamilton, ON
Ave. Duration
11 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$40 - $65
Online Fare
$55 - $85
Standard Fare
$70 - $110
Refundable
$80 - $120
Megabus Canada
Phone
1-866-488-4452
Email
canada-info@coachcanada.com
Website
ca.megabus.com
Bus from Hamilton, ON to Niagara Falls, ON
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $16
Book at
megabus.ca
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
11 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Niagara Falls is 1 h ahead of Des Moines. It is currently 2:16 PM in Des Moines and 3:16 PM in Niagara Falls.

Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Niagara Falls is 841 miles. It takes approximately 14 h 17 min to drive from Des Moines to Niagara Falls.

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

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There are 469+ hotels available in Niagara Falls. Prices start at $55 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 $1 - $2.

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