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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  •  3h 12m

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

$179 - $434

Cheapest option

Bus  •  25h 26m

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

$103 - $149

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Fly to Baltimore, train  •  5h 44m

  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

$239 - $1,040

Fly to Washington Dulles  •  5h 31m

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

$205 - $928

Bus, train  •  26h 33m

  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 Rockville Amtrak

$147 - $218

Bus, train via Indianapolis  •  29h 10m

  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

$141 - $202

Drive  •  16h 53m

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Washington 1020.6 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 16h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Des Moines to Washington is to fly which costs $170 - $440 and takes 3h 12m.

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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 Clinton Blue Line Station and Chicago, Il. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 26m.

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The distance between Des Moines and Washington is 897 miles. The road distance is 1020.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Washington without a car is to bus which takes 25h 26m and costs $100 - $150.

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It takes approximately 3h 12m 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 3h 12m and costs $170 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $150 and takes 25h 26m.

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The quickest flight from Des Moines Airport to Reagan Washington Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 26m.

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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: 3h 12m

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, Clinton Blue Line Station, Harrison & Morgan, and Chicago, Il in around 25h 26m.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Denver
Ave. Duration
6h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Des Moines to Washington Dulles via Houston
Ave. Duration
6h 44m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Reagan Washington via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Flights from Des Moines to Baltimore via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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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
36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
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 BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Train from Ottumwa Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from Chicago Union Station to Rockville Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$160 - $240
Business Seat
$170 - $240
Train from Indianapolis Amtrak Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
18h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Premium
$280 - $390
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Seat
$160 - $230
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
6h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
17h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$75 - $110
Flexible
$110 - $170
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ottumwa, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
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
9h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Washington is 1h ahead of Des Moines. It is currently 7:23 PM in Des Moines and 8:23 PM in Washington.

Yes, the driving distance between Des Moines to Washington is 1021 miles. It takes approximately 16h 53m to drive from Des Moines to Washington.

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

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There are 811+ hotels available in Washington. Prices start at $95 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Des Moines to Des Moines Airport is to taxi which takes 10m and costs $17 - $21.

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