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There are 6 ways to get from Minneapolis to Des Moines by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  5 h

  1. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...

$50 - $70

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Bus via Mall of America - Bloomington, MN  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Des Moines, IA 201

$47 - $73

4 alternative options

Drive  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Minneapolis to Des Moines 244.6 miles

$23 - $35

Fly to Des Moines  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Des Moines (DSM) MSP - DSM

$204 - $325

Fly to Mason City, bus  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Minneapolis (MSP) to Mason City (MCW) MSP - MCW
  2. Take the bus from Mason City, IA to Des Moines, IA

$66 - $108

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  6 h 52 min

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

$182 - $463

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The cheapest way to get from Minneapolis to Des Moines is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 3 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Minneapolis to Des Moines is to fly which costs $200 - $330 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Minneapolis, MN and arriving at Des Moines, IA. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h.

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The distance between Minneapolis and Des Moines is 236 miles. The road distance is 244.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 5 h and costs $50 - $70.

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The bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA takes 5 h including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Minneapolis to Des Moines bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, depart from Minneapolis, MN station.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Des Moines is to bus which takes 5 h and costs $50 - $70. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $200 - $330 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest flight from Minneapolis Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 235.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h

What companies run services between Minneapolis, MN, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

Jefferson Lines operates a bus from Minneapolis to Des Moines twice daily. Tickets cost $50 - $70 and the journey takes 5 h. Alternatively, Delta flies from Minneapolis to Des Moines 5 times a day.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Minneapolis to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Minneapolis to Mason City
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $120
Bus operators
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
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jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mall of America - Bloomington, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mason City, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
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Yes, the driving distance between Minneapolis to Des Moines is 245 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 59 min to drive from Minneapolis to Des Moines.

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Delta offers flights from Minneapolis Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 107+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Minneapolis to Minneapolis Airport is to tram which takes 18 min and costs $2 - $3.

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