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There are 5 ways to get from Portland to Des Moines by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

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Fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Portland (PDX) to Des Moines (DSM) PDX - DSM

$134 - $554

4 alternative options

Fly to Omaha, bus  •  9 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Portland (PDX) to Omaha (OMA) PDX - OMA
  2. Take the bus from Omaha, NE to Des Moines, IA

$172 - $444

Bus  •  42 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Portland, Or to Denver, Co 1318 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Des Moines, IA 1402

$217 - $446

Train, night bus  •  42 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Portland Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Empire Builder
  2. Take the night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 805

$278 - $753

Drive  •  27 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Portland to Des Moines 1799.8 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Portland to Des Moines is to drive which costs $170 - $260 and takes 27 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from Portland to Des Moines is to fly which costs $130 - $600 and takes 7 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Portland to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Portland, Or and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Denver, CO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h 25 min.

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The distance between Portland and Des Moines is 1481 miles. The road distance is 1799.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Portland to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 42 h 25 min and costs $210 - $450.

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It takes approximately 7 h 47 min to get from Portland to Des Moines, including transfers.

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Portland to Des Moines bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Portland, Or station.

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The best way to get from Portland to Des Moines is to fly which takes 7 h 47 min and costs $130 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $210 - $450 and takes 42 h 25 min.

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There is no direct flight from Portland Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 56 min and has one stopover.

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Portland to Des Moines bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Map of how to get from Portland to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 1480.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 47 min

What companies run services between Portland, OR, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

United Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines fly from Portland to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Portland to Des Moines via Denver, Co and Denver, CO in around 42 h 25 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Portland to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Portland to Omaha via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Portland to Omaha via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Portland to Omaha via Dallas
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Portland to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Portland to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Portland to Omaha via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Portland to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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 Portland Union Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot
Ave. Duration
36 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$230 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$400 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$490 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Omaha, NE to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Denver, CO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
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.

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 Portland, Or to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
28 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $320
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$120 - $210
Flexible
$240 - $320
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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More Questions & Answers

Des Moines is 2 h ahead of Portland. It is currently 10:44 AM in Portland and 12:44 PM in Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between Portland to Des Moines is 1800 miles. It takes approximately 27 h 33 min to drive from Portland to Des Moines.

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Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta and two other airlines offer flights from Portland Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 105+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Portland to Portland Airport is to tram which takes 35 min and costs $3.

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