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There are 8 ways to get from Des Moines to San Francisco by plane, train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly Des Moines to San Francisco  •  7 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to San Francisco (SFO) DSM - SFO

$248 - $321

Cheapest option

Bus to Omaha, fly to San Francisco  •  9 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Omaha, NE
  2. Fly from Omaha (OMA) to San Francisco (SFO) OMA - SFO

$187 - $552

6 alternative options

Fly Des Moines to Oakland  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Oakland (OAK) DSM - OAK

$262 - $1,113

Fly Des Moines to San Jose  •  9 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to San Jose (SJC) DSM - SJC

$273 - $1,056

Fly Des Moines to Stockton, train  •  12 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Stockton (SCK) DSM - SCK
  2. Take the train from Stockton Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak

$269 - $1,185

Bus  •  43 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Denver, CO
  2. Take the bus from Denver, Co to Reno, Nv
  3. Take the bus from Reno to San Francisco

$199 - $404

Bus, train  •  47 h

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Lincoln, NE West Bound
  2. Take the train from Lincoln Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak California Zephyr

$235 - $688

Drive  •  27 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to San Francisco 1810.6 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to San Francisco is to drive which costs $170 - $260 and takes 27 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to San Francisco is to fly which costs $240 - $330 and takes 7 h 41 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at San Francisco via Denver, Co and Reno. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43 h 26 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and San Francisco is 1556 miles. The road distance is 1810.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 43 h 26 min and costs $190 - $410.

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It takes approximately 7 h 41 min to get from Des Moines to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Des Moines to San Francisco bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Des Moines, IA station.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to San Francisco is to fly which takes 7 h 41 min and costs $240 - $330. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $190 - $410 and takes 43 h 26 min.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to San Francisco Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Des Moines to San Francisco bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at San Francisco station.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 1556.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 41 min

What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from Des Moines to San Francisco hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to San Francisco via Denver, CO, Denver, Co, Reno, Nv, and Reno in around 43 h 26 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Las Vegas, Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Phoenix, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Phoenix, San Diego
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Las Vegas, San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Phoenix, Burbank
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Las Vegas, Burbank
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Phoenix, San Diego
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Las Vegas, Reno
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Omaha to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
Flights from Omaha to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 44 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
Flights from Omaha to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
Flights from Omaha to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9 h 12 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Omaha to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Omaha to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Omaha to San Francisco via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$250 - $330
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $330
Flights from Des Moines to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 24 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 37 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Des Moines to Stockton via Phoenix esa Gateway, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 14 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Stockton via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Stockton via Denver, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Stockton via Minneapolis, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 46 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Stockton via Las Vegas, San Diego
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,300
Flights from Des Moines to Stockton via Phoenix, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 56 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,200
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Des Moines to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
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 Stockton Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $210
Train from Lincoln Amtrak Station to Richmond Amtrak
Ave. Duration
41 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$230 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$410 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$490 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Omaha, NE
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Denver, CO
Ave. Duration
13 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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 Denver, Co to Reno, Nv
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $170
Flexible
$190 - $260
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Reno to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Lincoln, NE
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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More Questions & Answers

San Francisco is 2 h behind Des Moines. It is currently 1:46 PM in Des Moines and 11:46 AM in San Francisco.

Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to San Francisco is 1811 miles. It takes approximately 27 h 10 min to drive from Des Moines to San Francisco.

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

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There are 613+ hotels available in San Francisco. Prices start at $103 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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