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There are 6 ways to get from Iowa to Arkansas by plane, night bus, bus or car

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Fly Des Moines to Little Rock

  1. Fly from Des Moines (DSM) to Little Rock (LIT)

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Night bus, bus

  1. Take the night bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Little Rock, AR

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Fly Omaha to Little Rock

  1. Fly from Omaha (OMA) to Little Rock (LIT)

Fly Omaha to Texarkana

  1. Fly from Omaha (OMA) to Texarkana (TXK)

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Little Rock, AR

Drive

  1. Drive from Des Moines to Little Rock
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The cheapest way to get from Iowa to Arkansas is to drive which costs $110 - $170 and takes 10h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from Iowa to Arkansas is to fly which costs $270 - $1,000 and takes 4h 28m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Iowa to Arkansas. However, there are services departing from Des Moines, IA and arriving at Markham & Scott via Kansas City, MO and Washington & Main. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 9m.

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The distance between Iowa and Arkansas is 469 miles. The road distance is 617 miles.

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The best way to get from Iowa to Arkansas without a car is to night bus and bus which takes 13h 9m and costs $80 - $150.

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It takes approximately 5h 40m to get from Iowa to Arkansas, including transfers.

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Iowa to Arkansas bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Des Moines, IA station.

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The best way to get from Iowa to Arkansas is to fly which takes 5h 40m and costs $120 - $440. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $85 - $160 and takes 13h 35m.

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There is no direct flight from Des Moines Airport to Little Rock Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 19m and has one stopover.

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Iowa to Arkansas bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Little Rock, AR station.

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Map of how to get from Iowa to Arkansas.
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  • Distance: 469.1 miles
  • Duration: 5h 40m

What companies run services between Iowa, USA and Arkansas, USA?

American Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from West Des Moines to North Little Rock hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Des Moines to Little Rock via Kansas City, MO, Little Rock, AR, Washington & Main, and River Cities Center in around 13h 35m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4h 24m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Omaha to Texarkana via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Omaha to Texarkana via Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 16m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via Houston
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Houston
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Denver
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Dallas
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Chicago Midway, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Des Moines to Little Rock via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Omaha to Little Rock via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
+1-858-800-8898
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
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jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Little Rock, AR
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Iowa to Arkansas is 617 miles. It takes approximately 10h 2m to drive from Iowa to Arkansas.

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

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There are 17+ hotels available in Arkansas. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Iowa to Des Moines Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs $17 - $21.

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