There are 8 ways to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly Philadelphia to Des Moines  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Philadelphia (PHL) to Des Moines (DSM) PHL - DSM

$129 - $349

7 alternative options

Train to Reagan Washington, fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to Des Moines (DSM) DCA - DSM

$260 - $665

Fly Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  10 h 2 min

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

$247 - $1,057

Bus  •  28 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Terminal to New York, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Chicago, Il
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA

$138 - $328

Train, bus via Washington Union Station  •  30 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
  5. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA

$292 - $761

Train, bus  •  34 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station Cardinal
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA West Bound

Train, bus #2  •  36 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station 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

$238 - $605

Drive  •  17 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Des Moines 1083.4 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The distance between Philadelphia and Des Moines is 976 miles. The road distance is 1083.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 28 h 30 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 34 min to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines is to fly which takes 5 h 34 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 28 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 52 min.

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Des Moines is 1 h behind Philadelphia. It is currently 9:15 PM in Philadelphia and 8:15 PM in Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between Philadelphia to Des Moines is 1083 miles. It takes approximately 17 h 32 min to drive from Philadelphia to Des Moines.

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Southwest Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from Philadelphia Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 106+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Philadelphia Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 975.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 34 min

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Philadelphia to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Philadelphia to Des Moines via New York, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, Ny, Chicago, Il, UIC-Halsted, Clinton-Blue, and Chicago, IL in around 28 h 30 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 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 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Washington Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Flexi Coach Seat
$190 - $280
Business Coach Seat
$220 - $310
Room
$440 - $600
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
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
26 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Flexi Coach Seat
$240 - $350
Business Coach Seat
$290 - $400
Room
$550 - $750
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $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
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Philadelphia, PA - Greyhound Terminal to New York, NY - Port Authority Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
peterpanbus.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 Philadelphia, Pa to New York, Ny
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from New York, Ny to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $130
Flexible
$150 - $210
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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