There are 6 ways to get from Des Moines to Phoenix 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 from Des Moines  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Phoenix (PHX) DSM - PHX

$134 - $224

5 alternative options

Bus to Omaha, fly  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Omaha, NE
  2. Fly from Omaha (OMA) to Phoenix (PHX) OMA - PHX

$198 - $851

Bus via Kansas City, MO  •  31 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, Mo to Oklahoma City, Ok
  3. Take the bus from Oklahoma City, Ok to Phoenix, Az

$176 - $395

Bus, train  •  31 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO 803 / ...
  2. Take the train from Kansas City Amtrak to Flagstaff Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Flagstaff, Az to Phoenix, Az

$225 - $579

Bus  •  33 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Oklahoma City, OK 801
  2. Take the bus from Oklahoma City, Ok to Phoenix, Az 1351 / ...

$197 - $378

Drive  •  23 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Phoenix 1560.1 miles

$150 - $230

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Phoenix is to fly which costs $130 - $230 and takes 5 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Phoenix is to fly which costs $130 - $230 and takes 5 h 8 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and Phoenix is 1161 miles. The road distance is 1560.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 8 min to get from Des Moines to Phoenix, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to Phoenix. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Phoenix, Az via Kansas City, Mo and Oklahoma City, Ok. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 7 min.

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What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and Phoenix, AZ, USA?

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Des Moines to Phoenix hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to Phoenix via Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, Mo, and Oklahoma City, Ok in around 31 h 7 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Omaha to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
Flights from Omaha to Phoenix via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
Flights from Omaha to Phoenix via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $410
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $410
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $410
Flights from Omaha to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $490
Flights from Omaha to Phoenix via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Kansas City Amtrak to Flagstaff Amtrak
Ave. Duration
23 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Flexi Coach Seat
$280 - $410
Business Coach Seat
$340 - $470
Room
$600 - $900
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
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Oklahoma City, OK
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Greyhound USA
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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 Oklahoma City, Ok
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Bus from Oklahoma City, Ok to Phoenix, Az
Ave. Duration
20 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$95 - $240
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$95 - $160
Flexible
$180 - $240
Bus from Flagstaff, Az to Phoenix, Az
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50

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