There are 5 ways to get from New Orleans to Des Moines by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  6 h 16 min

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

$153 - $619

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Bus  •  25 h 56 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 Champaign, IL  •  26 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Champaign-Urbana Amtrak City Of New Orleans
  2. Take the bus from Champaign, IL to Des Moines, IA 1401

$165 - $389

Train, bus  •  29 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station 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

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 25 h 56 min.

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

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 25 h 56 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 16 min to get from New Orleans to Des Moines, including transfers.

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New Orleans to Des Moines bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from New Orleans, La station.

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The best way to get from New Orleans to Des Moines is to fly which takes 6 h 16 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 25 h 56 min.

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There is no direct flight from New Orleans Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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New Orleans to Des Moines bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between New Orleans to Des Moines is 1016 miles. It takes approximately 17 h 19 min to drive from New Orleans to Des Moines.

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

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Map of how to get from New Orleans to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 833.3 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 16 min

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

Southwest Airlines, Delta and three 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 25 h 56 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 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
4 h 37 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from New Orleans to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
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 New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal 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 to Chicago Union Station
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 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

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.

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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 15 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
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Champaign, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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