There are 7 ways to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines by plane, bus, train 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 to Des Moines  •  6 h 32 min

  1. PIT - DSM

$174 - $854

Cheapest option

Bus  •  21 h 33 min

  1. 4447
  2. 1205 / ...

$100 - $212

5 alternative options

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  11 h 34 min

  1. PIT - ALO

$272 - $1,086

Train, bus  •  17 h 48 min

  1. Capitol Limited
  2. 1205 / ...

$120 - $281

Train, bus via Ottumwa, IA  •  19 h 19 min

$173 - $406

Bus Barons Bus  •  24 h 22 min

Drive  •  12 h 40 min

  1. 782.3 miles

$75 - $120

Questions & Answers

The distance between Pittsburgh and Des Moines is 1148 km. The road distance is 1252 km.

The cheapest way to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 12 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines is to fly which takes 6 h 32 min and costs $170 - $900.

No, there is no direct bus from Pittsburgh to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Pittsburgh, Pa and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Clinton & Madison and Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 33 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 32 min to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines, including transfers.

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

Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Pittsburgh to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Chicago Amtrak, Il, Clinton & Madison, Harrison & Jefferson, and Chicago, IL in around 21 h 33 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Pittsburgh Amtrak to Chicago Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 46 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $210
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$130 - $190
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Room
$320 - $440
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 Waterloo, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
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
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Chicago Amtrak, Il
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $85
Flexible
$100 - $130
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Akron, Oh
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
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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