There are 8 ways to get from Des Moines to Washington by plane, train, bus 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 to Reagan Washington  •  4 h 8 min

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

$164 - $416

Cheapest option

Bus  •  26 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL East Bound
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc 1632 / ...

$75 - $190

6 alternative options

Fly to Washington Dulles  •  6 h 25 min

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

$190 - $910

Fly to Baltimore, train  •  6 h 10 min

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

$257 - $1,107

Bus, train  •  25 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL 1205 / ...
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak Capitol Limited

$149 - $388

Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  26 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL 1205 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc 1632 / ...

$126 - $271

Bus, train via Ottumwa, IA  •  27 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
  2. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA
  3. Take the train from Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
  4. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak

$198 - $512

Drive  •  16 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Washington 1020.3 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

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 4 h 8 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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It takes approximately 4 h 8 min to get from Des Moines to Washington, including transfers.

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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 26 h 12 min.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Des Moines to Washington.
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  • Distance: 897.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 8 min

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

American Airlines, Southwest 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 26 h 12 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Newark
Ave. Duration
8 h 7 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $150
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$55 - $140
First Class Seat
$120 - $150
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
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 Ottumwa Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
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 Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.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 Chicago, Il to Washington, Dc
Ave. Duration
18 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $130
Flexible
$140 - $190

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