There are 7 ways to get from Naperville to Ames by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Naperville Amtrak to Cedar Rapids, IA 1492
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA 1486

$73 - $105

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Train, bus  •  8 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Naperville Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
  3. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$110 - $227

Drive  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Naperville to Ames 330.4 miles

$30 - $50

Train, fly to Des Moines  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Naperville to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM

$187 - $753

Train, fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  7 h

  1. Take the train from Naperville to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID
  3. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA

$159 - $758

Train, fly to Waterloo, bus  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Naperville to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Waterloo (ALO) ORD - ALO
  3. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$183 - $741

Train, fly to Mason City, bus  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Naperville to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Mason City (MCW) ORD - MCW
  3. Take the bus from Mason City, IA to Ames, IA

$108 - $258

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The cheapest way to get from Naperville to Ames is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Naperville to Ames is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Naperville to Ames. However, there are services departing from Naperville Amtrak and arriving at Ames, IA via Cedar Rapids. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 20 min.

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The distance between Naperville and Ames is 284 miles. The road distance is 330.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Naperville to Ames without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 20 min and costs $70 - $110.

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It takes approximately 8 h 20 min to get from Naperville to Ames, including transfers.

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Naperville to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, depart from Naperville Amtrak station.

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The quickest flight from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 13 min.

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Naperville to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Naperville to Ames is 330 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 24 min to drive from Naperville to Ames.

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  • Distance: 283.5 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 20 min

What companies run services between Naperville, IL, USA and Ames, IA, USA?

You can take a bus from Naperville to Ames via Cedar Rapids, IA and Cedar Rapids in around 8 h 20 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Air Choice One
Website
airchoiceone.com
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Mason City
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
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 Naperville Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Metra
Phone
+1 312-322-6777
Website
metrarail.com
Train from Naperville to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
metrarail.com
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Naperville Amtrak to Cedar Rapids, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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Bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
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burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Mason City, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 25+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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