There are 9 ways to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University 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 Philadelphia to Des Moines  •  6 h 28 min

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

$155 - $387

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Train to Reagan Washington, fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 55 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

$286 - $703

Fly Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  9 h 34 min

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

$247 - $1,052

Fly Philadelphia to Waterloo, bus  •  10 h 52 min

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

$301 - $1,185

Train, bus  •  29 h 20 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 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 13 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 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 to Chicago Union Station 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

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

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The quickest way to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University is to fly which costs $150 - $390 and takes 6 h 28 min.

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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.

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The distance between Philadelphia and Iowa State University is 978 miles. The road distance is 1108.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University without a car is to train and bus which takes 29 h 20 min and costs $260 - $700.

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It takes approximately 6 h 28 min to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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Philadelphia to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Philadelphia, Pa station.

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The best way to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University is to fly which takes 6 h 28 min and costs $150 - $390. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $150 - $350 and takes 33 h 4 min.

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The quickest flight from Philadelphia Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 55 min.

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Philadelphia to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Philadelphia to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 978.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 28 min

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
2 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Reagan Washington
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$360 - $900
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $900
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 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $950
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Rochester, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Pittsburgh, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Dayton, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Harrisburg, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Toronto, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Buffalo, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Indianapolis, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 18 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Richmond, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Grand Rapids, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 23 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 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Covington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Waterloo via Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 58 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 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
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$370 - $850
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Philadelphia to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 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 27 min
When
Every day
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.

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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 Kansas City Amtrak
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 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 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 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
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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
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 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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