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There are 9 ways to get from New York to Ames by plane, train, bus 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.

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Fly New York La Guardia to Des Moines  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Des Moines (DSM) LGA - DSM

$203 - $408

Cheapest option

Bus D&J Bus  •  24 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from New York to Chicago, IL Nyc
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA

$160 - $218

7 alternative options

Fly Newark to Des Moines  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Des Moines (DSM) EWR - DSM

$225 - $517

Train to Philadelphia, fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
  2. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Des Moines (DSM) PHL - DSM

$243 - $588

Fly Newark to Waterloo, bus  •  11 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Waterloo (ALO) EWR - ALO
  2. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$271 - $1,048

Train, bus via Ottumwa, IA  •  29 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$223 - $565

Train, bus  •  31 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Chicago Union Station Lake Shore Limited
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA 1485

$164 - $463

Bus Greyhound USA  •  38 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Kansas City, Mo 1683 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA 804 / ...

$168 - $368

Drive  •  18 h 34 min

  1. Drive from New York to Ames 1137.5 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from New York to Ames is to drive which costs $110 - $170 and takes 18 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from New York to Ames is to fly which costs $200 - $410 and takes 6 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from New York to Ames. However, there are services departing from New York and arriving at Ames, IA via Clark & Cermak, Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 15 min.

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The distance between New York and Ames is 1025 miles. The road distance is 1137.5 miles.

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The best way to get from New York to Ames without a car is to bus which takes 24 h 15 min and costs $160 - $220.

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It takes approximately 6 h 39 min to get from New York to Ames, including transfers.

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New York to Ames bus services, operated by D&J Bus, depart from New York station.

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The best way to get from New York to Ames is to fly which takes 6 h 39 min and costs $200 - $410. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $160 - $220 and takes 24 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from New York La Guardia Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 25 min.

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

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Map of how to get from New York to Ames.
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  • Distance: 1024.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 39 min

What companies run services between New York, NY, USA and Ames, IA, USA?

Delta, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from New York to Ames hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from New York to Ames via Chicago, IL, Clark & Cermak, Clark & Harrison, Chicago, IL, and Des Moines, IA in around 24 h 15 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Newark to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Newark to Waterloo via Detroit, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from New York La Guardia to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from New York La Guardia to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$75 - $180
First Class Seat
$150 - $210
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Business Coach Seat
$260 - $370
Room
$500 - $700
Train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice 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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
D&J Bus
Bus from New York to Chicago, IL
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
gotobus.com
Book at
gotobus.com
Wanda Coach
Phone
6466307186
Email
help@wandacoach.com
Website
wandacoach.com
Bus from New York, NY to Chicago
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100
Schedules at
wandacoach.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
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
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 New York, Ny to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
31 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $300
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$120 - $200
Flexible
$230 - $300

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More Questions & Answers

Ames is 1 h behind New York. It is currently 10:49 PM in New York and 9:49 PM in Ames.

Yes, the driving distance between New York to Ames is 1137 miles. It takes approximately 18 h 34 min to drive from New York to Ames.

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Southwest Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from New York La Guardia 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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