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

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Fly Los Angeles to Des Moines  •  7 h 43 min

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

$164 - $459

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Fly Burbank to Des Moines  •  7 h 45 min

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

$187 - $809

Fly Los Angeles to Omaha, bus  •  9 h 7 min

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

$166 - $482

Bus  •  38 h 40 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  •  39 h 43 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 / ...

$268 - $721

Drive  •  26 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Des Moines 1710.1 miles

$160 - $250

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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 - $460 and takes 7 h 43 min.

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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 40 min.

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

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 38 h 40 min and costs $190 - $440.

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It takes approximately 7 h 43 min to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to Des Moines bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Los Angeles, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Des Moines is to fly which takes 7 h 43 min and costs $160 - $460. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $190 - $440 and takes 38 h 40 min.

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There is no direct flight from Los Angeles Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 57 min and has one stopover.

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

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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 43 min

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

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three 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 40 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,200
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Oakland, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $900
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via San Francisco, Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 44 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Phoenix, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Burbank to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $700
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
+1 215-856-7924
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
Burlington Trailways
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
Twice daily
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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More Questions & Answers

Des Moines is 2 h ahead of Los Angeles. It is currently 4:06 PM in Los Angeles and 6:06 PM in Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to Des Moines is 1710 miles. It takes approximately 26 h 5 min to drive from Los Angeles to Des Moines.

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Frontier Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 105+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs .

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