There are 5 ways to get from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Champaign (CMI) DSM - CMI

$222 - $1,027

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Bus via Quad City International Airport  •  10 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Moline Airport East Bound
  2. Take the bus from Moline, IL to Champaign, IL 1401

$37 - $57

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Bus  •  9 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Davenport, IA 1202 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Champaign, IL 1401

$77 - $112

Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  9 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Davenport, IA 1205 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Champaign, IL 1401

$79 - $114

Drive  •  5 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 357.3 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 5 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is to fly which costs $220 - $1,100 and takes 4 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Champaign, IL via Davenport, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 11 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is 301 miles. The road distance is 357.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 11 min and costs $75 - $120.

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It takes approximately 4 h 35 min to get from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, including transfers.

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Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 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 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is to fly which takes 4 h 35 min and costs $220 - $1,100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $120 and takes 9 h 11 min.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Champaign Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 6 min and has one stopover.

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Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Champaign, IL station.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
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  • Distance: 301.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 35 min

What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, IL, USA?

American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign via Davenport, IA and Champaign, IL in around 9 h 11 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Champaign via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Champaign via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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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 Moline, IL to Champaign, IL
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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 Moline Airport
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is 357 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 49 min to drive from Des Moines to University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Champaign Airport.

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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 $2.

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