There are 6 ways to get from Detroit to Des Moines by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Des Moines  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Des Moines (DSM) DTW - DSM

$184 - $954

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Bus Burlington Trailways  •  13 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL 5515 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA 1205 / ...

$73 - $149

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Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Detroit (DTW) to Cedar Rapids (CID) DTW - CID
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines, IA

$192 - $402

Bus Windstar  •  13 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il 5515 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA West Bound

Train, bus  •  14 h 38 min

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

$149 - $333

Drive  •  9 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Detroit to Des Moines 601.2 miles

$55 - $85

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Detroit to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Detroit, Mi and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 27 min.

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The distance between Detroit and Des Moines is 548 miles. The road distance is 601.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 13 h 27 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 55 min to get from Detroit to Des Moines, including transfers.

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Detroit to Des Moines bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Detroit, Mi station.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Des Moines is to fly which takes 4 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 13 h 27 min.

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The quickest flight from Detroit Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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Detroit to Des Moines bus services, operated by Windstar, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Des Moines is 1 h behind Detroit. It is currently 7:05 PM in Detroit and 6:05 PM in Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between Detroit to Des Moines is 601 miles. It takes approximately 9 h 42 min to drive from Detroit to Des Moines.

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  • Distance: 547.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 55 min

What companies run services between Detroit, MI, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Detroit to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Detroit to Des Moines via Chicago, Il and Chicago, IL in around 13 h 27 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $450
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,000
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $550
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Detroit to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $480
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Detroit to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Detroit Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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 Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 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 Cedar Rapids to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
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 Detroit, Mi to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $80
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com
Greyhound Canada
Phone
+1 1-800-661-8747
Email
Canada.info@greyhound.ca
Website
greyhound.ca
Bus from Detroit, MI to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $70
Website
Greyhound.ca
Advanced Purchase
$28 - $40
Online Fare
$35 - $60
Standard Fare
$45 - $70
Refundable
$50 - $80

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

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There are 106+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Detroit to Detroit Airport is to line 261 bus which takes 49 min and costs .

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