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Recommended option

Fly Philadelphia to Des Moines  •  6 h 31 min

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

$156 - $388

9 alternative options

Train to Newark, fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 40 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

$224 - $563

Train to Reagan Washington, fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 58 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

$286 - $703

Fly Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  9 h 47 min

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

$248 - $1,053

Fly Philadelphia to Waterloo, bus  •  11 h 37 min

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

$302 - $1,186

Train, bus  •  29 h 23 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
  4. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$264 - $671

Bus  •  33 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Kansas City, Mo 1683 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA 804 / ...

$156 - $342

Train, bus via Kansas City Amtrak  •  33 h 17 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 train from Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...
  5. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$321 - $845

Train, bus #2  •  38 h 52 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 Ames, IA 1485

$175 - $495

Drive  •  17 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Philadelphia to Iowa State University 1108.8 miles

$100 - $160

What companies run services between Philadelphia, PA, USA and Iowa State University, IA, USA?

American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from Philadelphia to Iowa State University hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Philadelphia to Iowa State University via Kansas City, Mo, Kansas City, MO, and Ames, IA in around 33 h 4 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $750
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Richmond, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Rochester, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Pittsburgh, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Harrisburg, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Detroit, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Knoxville, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Columbus, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via New York La Guardia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Greensboro/High Point, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Indianapolis, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Cleveland, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Raleigh/Durham, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 56 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Albany, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
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 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Newark to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$380 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional
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 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$26 - $50
Business Seat
$35 - $65
Amtrak Acela Express
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
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 Chicago Union Station Amtrak to Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $190
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Room
$290 - $410
Train from Philadelphia 30th Street Station Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
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 Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 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 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Philadelphia, Pa to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
28 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$110 - $280
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$110 - $180
Flexible
$210 - $280

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Philadelphia and Iowa State University is 1565 km. The road distance is 1774 km.

The cheapest way to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University is to drive which costs $100 - $160 and takes 17 h 59 min.

The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University is to fly which takes 6 h 31 min and costs $150 - $390.

No, there is no direct bus from Philadelphia to Iowa State University. However, there are services departing from Philadelphia, Pa and arriving at Ames, IA via Kansas City, MO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 4 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 31 min to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University, including transfers.