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There are 6 ways to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Des Moines  •  7h 8m

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Des Moines (DSM) PIT - DSM

$174 - $855

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Bus via Akron, OH  •  27h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Akron, Oh
  2. Take the bus from Akron, OH to Chicago, IL
  3. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA

$92 - $188

4 alternative options

Fly to Waterloo, bus  •  13h 29m

  1. Fly from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Waterloo (ALO) PIT - ALO
  2. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Des Moines, IA

$267 - $1,082

Train, bus  •  18h 19m

  1. Take the train from Pittsburgh Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA

$148 - $366

Bus  •  18h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Chicago, Il 1607 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA West Bound

Drive  •  12h 40m

  1. Drive from Pittsburgh to Des Moines 782.3 miles

$75 - $120

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

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The quickest way to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines is to fly which costs $170 - $900 and takes 7h 8m.

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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 Chicago, IL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 57m.

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The distance between Pittsburgh and Des Moines is 718 miles. The road distance is 782.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines without a car is to train and bus which takes 18h 19m and costs $140 - $370.

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It takes approximately 7h 8m to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines, including transfers.

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Pittsburgh to Des Moines bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Pittsburgh, Pa station.

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The best way to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines is to fly which takes 7h 8m and costs $170 - $900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 18h 57m.

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There is no direct flight from Pittsburgh Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 13m and has one stopover.

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Pittsburgh to Des Moines bus services, operated by Windstar, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Pittsburgh to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 717.6 miles
  • Duration: 7h 8m

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

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta fly from Pittsburgh to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Chicago, Il and Chicago, IL in around 18h 57m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
5h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 48m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via New York La Guardia, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8h 28m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Flights from Pittsburgh to Waterloo via Reagan Washington, Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 57m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via New York La Guardia
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Pittsburgh to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,200
Train operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Pittsburgh Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
9h 46m
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 to Ottumwa Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
Frequency
Twice 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
5h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $85
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Chicago, Il
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $80
Flexible
$95 - $130
Bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Akron, Oh
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
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
6h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.com

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More Questions & Answers

Des Moines is 1h behind Pittsburgh. It is currently 9:27 PM in Pittsburgh and 8:27 PM in Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between Pittsburgh to Des Moines is 782 miles. It takes approximately 12h 40m to drive from Pittsburgh to Des Moines.

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

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There are 108+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Pittsburgh to Pittsburgh Airport is to bus which takes 39m and costs $3.

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