There are 6 ways to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines by plane, bus, train 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 Burbank to Des Moines  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Des Moines (DSM) BUR - DSM

$187 - $809

Cheapest option

Fly Los Angeles to Des Moines  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Des Moines (DSM) LAX - DSM

$168 - $470

4 alternative options

Fly Los Angeles to Omaha, bus  •  9 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Omaha (OMA) LAX - OMA
  2. Take the bus from Omaha, NE to Des Moines, IA

$168 - $490

Bus  •  38 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Kansas City, Mo 1684 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...

$193 - $437

Train, bus  •  38 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak Southwest Chief
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...

$273 - $728

Drive  •  26 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Des Moines 1710.1 miles

$160 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines is to drive which costs $160 - $250 and takes 26 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines is to fly which costs $160 - $470 and takes 7 h 45 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and Des Moines is 1444 miles. The road distance is 1710.1 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 7 h 52 min to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Kansas City, MO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 16 min.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 1444.2 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 52 min

What companies run services between Los Angeles, CA, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Los Angeles to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Kansas City, Mo and Kansas City, MO in around 38 h 16 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Sacramento, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Las Vegas, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$440 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via San Francisco, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Salt Lake City, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
34 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$400 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$480 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
34 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$150 - $390
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$150 - $250
Flexible
$290 - $390
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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