There are 6 ways to get from Fargo to Des Moines by plane, bus, train, night 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  •  4 h 46 min

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

$225 - $1,217

Cheapest option

Train, bus via U.S. Bank Stadium Station  •  11 h 51 min

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

$94 - $192

4 alternative options

Bus  •  10 h 45 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, night bus  •  11 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Fargo Amtrak to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Amtrak Empire Builder
  2. Take the night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 805

$103 - $204

Train, bus  •  12 h 11 min

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

$105 - $206

Drive  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Fargo to Des Moines 478 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Fargo to Des Moines is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 7 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Fargo to Des Moines is to fly which costs $220 - $1,300 and takes 4 h 46 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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It takes approximately 4 h 46 min to get from Fargo to Des Moines, including transfers.

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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 45 min.

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

Delta, United Airlines and American 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 45 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,300
Flights from Fargo to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,400
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 Amtrak
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
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
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules 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
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Burnsville, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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