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

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Fly to Des Moines  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Fargo (FAR) to Des Moines (DSM) FAR - DSM

$225 - $1,217

Cheapest option

Train, bus via Mall of America - Bloomington, MN  •  11 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Fargo Amtrak to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Empire Builder
  2. Take the bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Des Moines, IA 201

$94 - $192

5 alternative options

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  8 h 3 min

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

$273 - $1,365

Bus  •  10 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Fargo, ND to Minneapolis, MN 938 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...

$97 - $135

Train, bus  •  11 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Fargo Amtrak to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Empire Builder
  2. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...

$108 - $204

Bus via Sioux Falls, SD  •  12 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Fargo, ND to Sioux Falls, SD 704
  2. Take the bus from Sioux Falls, SD to Albert Lea, MN 702
  3. Take the bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...

$118 - $170

Drive  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Fargo to Des Moines 478 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Fargo to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Fargo, ND and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Minneapolis, MN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 18 min.

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The distance between Fargo and Des Moines is 399 miles. The road distance is 478 miles.

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The best way to get from Fargo to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 18 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Fargo to Des Moines, including transfers.

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Fargo to Des Moines bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Fargo, ND station.

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The best way to get from Fargo to Des Moines is to fly which takes 4 h 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 10 h 18 min.

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There is no direct flight from Fargo Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 24 min and has one stopover.

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Fargo to Des Moines bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Fargo to Des Moines is 478 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 49 min to drive from Fargo to Des Moines.

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

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Map of how to get from Fargo to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 399.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

What companies run services between Fargo, ND, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines fly from Fargo to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Fargo to Des Moines via Minneapolis, MN in around 10 h 18 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
Flights from Fargo to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,500
Flights from Fargo to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,600
Flights from Fargo to Cedar Rapids via Denver, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $1,700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Fargo to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from Fargo to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis, Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,400
Flights from Fargo to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Fargo to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,600
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 Fargo Amtrak to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Fargo, ND to Minneapolis, MN
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Fargo, ND to Sioux Falls, SD
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Sioux Falls, SD to Albert Lea, MN
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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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 Fargo to Fargo Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs .

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