There are 6 ways to get from New Orleans 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  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Fly from New Orleans (MSY) to Des Moines (DSM) MSY - DSM

$164 - $769

5 alternative options

Bus  •  26 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from New Orleans, La to Baton Rouge, La
  2. Take the bus from Baton Rouge, La to Memphis, Tn
  3. Take the bus from Memphis, Tn to Little Rock, Ar
  4. Take the bus from Little Rock, AR to Kansas City, MO 120
  5. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...

$183 - $342

Train, bus via Davenport, IA  •  26 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from Champaign, IL to Davenport, IA
  3. Take the bus from Davenport, IA to Des Moines, IA

$185 - $424

Train, bus  •  27 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak City Of New Orleans
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA West Bound

Train, bus #2  •  29 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
  4. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA

$223 - $560

Drive  •  17 h 19 min

  1. Drive from New Orleans to Des Moines 1015.9 miles

$95 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from New Orleans to Des Moines is to drive which costs $95 - $150 and takes 17 h 19 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from New Orleans to Des Moines is to fly which costs $160 - $800 and takes 7 h 7 min.

More details

The distance between New Orleans and Des Moines is 833 miles. The road distance is 1015.9 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 7 h 7 min to get from New Orleans to Des Moines, including transfers.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from New Orleans to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from New Orleans, La and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Baton Rouge, La, Memphis, Tn, Little Rock, AR and Kansas City, MO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26 h 12 min.

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What companies run services between New Orleans, LA, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from New Orleans to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New Orleans to Des Moines via Baton Rouge, La, Memphis, Tn, Little Rock, Ar, Little Rock, AR, and Kansas City, MO in around 26 h 12 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $650
Train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $360
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$250 - $360
Room
$490 - $700
Train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
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 New Orleans, La to Baton Rouge, La
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Baton Rouge, La to Memphis, Tn
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
Bus from Memphis, Tn to Little Rock, Ar
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$19 - $29
Flexible
$35 - $45
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Little Rock, AR to Kansas City, MO
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Schedules at
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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Champaign, IL to Davenport, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Davenport, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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