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There are 7 ways to get from Des Moines to Washington by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Reagan Washington  •  3 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Reagan Washington (DCA) DSM - DCA

$164 - $416

Cheapest option

Bus  •  25 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL East Bound
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc 1602 / ...

$70 - $180

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Fly to Washington Dulles  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Washington Dulles (IAD) DSM - IAD

$190 - $910

Fly to Baltimore, train  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Baltimore (BWI) DSM - BWI
  2. Take the train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station

$257 - $1,107

Bus, train  •  26 h 46 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 Washington Union Station

$174 - $473

Bus, train via Indianapolis Amtrak Station  •  29 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Indianapolis, IN 1402
  2. Take the train from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station Cardinal

$166 - $383

Drive  •  16 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Washington 1020.3 miles

$100 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from Des Moines to Washington is to drive which costs $100 - $150 and takes 16 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Washington is to fly which costs $160 - $420 and takes 3 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Des Moines to Washington. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Washington, Dc via Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25 h 22 min.

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The distance between Des Moines and Washington is 897 miles. The road distance is 1020.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Washington without a car is to bus which takes 25 h 22 min and costs $70 - $180.

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It takes approximately 3 h 51 min to get from Des Moines to Washington, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Washington is to fly which takes 3 h 51 min and costs $160 - $420. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $180 and takes 25 h 22 min.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 14 min.

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Des Moines to Washington bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Washington, Dc station.

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  • Distance: 897.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 51 min

What companies run services between Des Moines, IA, USA and Washington, DC, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Des Moines to Washington hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to Washington via Chicago, IL and Chicago, Il in around 25 h 22 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 9 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 57 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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 BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
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 Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
Train from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
18 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $290
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $260
Business Coach Seat
$200 - $290
Room
$410 - $600
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
17 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $180
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $180
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 Indianapolis, IN
Ave. Duration
9 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Washington is 1 h ahead of Des Moines. It is currently 10:11 PM in Des Moines and 11:11 PM in Washington.

Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Washington is 1020 miles. It takes approximately 16 h 56 min to drive from Des Moines to Washington.

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Southwest Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Des Moines Airport to Reagan Washington Airport.

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There are 841+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $80 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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