There are 8 ways to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines 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.

Recommended option

Fly from Philadelphia  •  5 h 38 min

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

$129 - $349

7 alternative options

Train to Reagan Washington, fly  •  7 h 14 min

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

$260 - $665

Train to Newark, fly  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Des Moines (DSM) EWR - DSM

$198 - $525

Train, bus via Washington Union Station Amtrak  •  28 h 28 min

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

$239 - $636

Bus  •  29 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to New York, Ny
  2. Take the bus from New York, Ny to Chicago Amtrak, Il
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA

$143 - $328

Train, bus  •  34 h 46 min

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

Train, bus #2  •  36 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station 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

$238 - $605

Drive  •  17 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Des Moines 1083.4 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines is to drive which costs $100 - $160 and takes 17 h 32 min.

More details

The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines is to fly which costs $120 - $350 and takes 5 h 38 min.

More details

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

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 5 h 38 min to get from Philadelphia to Des Moines, including transfers.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Des Moines, IA via New York, Ny, Clinton & Madison and Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 28 min.

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

American Airlines, Delta 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, Chicago Amtrak, Il, Clinton & Madison, Harrison & Jefferson, and Chicago, IL in around 29 h 28 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 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 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 18 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Newark to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 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 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak Acela Express
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Washington Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Website
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$90 - $200
First Class Seat
$170 - $250
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Newark Liberty Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
26 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice 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
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
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $80
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
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 Philadelphia, Pa to New York, Ny
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Bus from New York, Ny to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
18 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $210
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$80 - $140
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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