There are 4 ways to get from Des Moines to Phoenix by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  5 h 9 min

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

$134 - $224

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Bus, train  •  31 h 21 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  •  32 h 52 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

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 Oklahoma City, Ok. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32 h 52 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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The best way to get from Des Moines to Phoenix without a car is to bus and train which takes 31 h 21 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 9 min to get from Des Moines to Phoenix, including transfers.

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Des Moines to Phoenix 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 Phoenix is to fly which takes 5 h 9 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 32 h 52 min.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Phoenix Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 1 min.

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Des Moines to Phoenix bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Phoenix, Az station.

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Phoenix is 1 h behind Des Moines. It is currently 8:28 AM in Des Moines and 6:28 AM in Phoenix.

Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Phoenix is 1560 miles. It takes approximately 23 h 45 min to drive from Des Moines to Phoenix.

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  • Distance: 1161.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 9 min

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

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Des Moines to Phoenix hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to Phoenix via Oklahoma City, OK and Oklahoma City, Ok in around 32 h 52 min.

Airlines
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 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $410
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $490
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 Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Phoenix via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $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 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
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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
Book at
jeffersonlines.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Flagstaff, Az to Phoenix, Az
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from Oklahoma City, Ok to Phoenix, Az
Ave. Duration
20 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$95 - $240
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$95 - $160
Flexible
$180 - $240

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Frontier Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Phoenix Airport.

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There are 829+ hotels available in Phoenix. Prices start at $59 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 .

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