There are 4 ways to get from Salt Lake City to Des Moines 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  5 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Des Moines (DSM) SLC - DSM

$122 - $484

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  27 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Salt Lake City Amtrak to Lincoln Amtrak California Zephyr
  2. Take the bus from Lincoln, NE to Des Moines, IA East Bound

Bus  •  27 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Salt Lake City, Ut to Denver, Co 1314 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Des Moines, IA 1401

$147 - $268

Drive  •  15 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Salt Lake City to Des Moines 1071.3 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Salt Lake City to Des Moines is to drive which costs $100 - $160 and takes 15 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Salt Lake City to Des Moines is to fly which costs $120 - $490 and takes 5 h 16 min.

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The distance between Salt Lake City and Des Moines is 956 miles. The road distance is 1071.3 miles.

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It takes approximately 5 h 16 min to get from Salt Lake City to Des Moines, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Salt Lake City to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Salt Lake City, Ut and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Denver, CO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 30 min.

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What companies run services between Salt Lake City, UT, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

Delta, United Airlines and two other airlines fly from Salt Lake City to Des Moines every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Salt Lake City to Des Moines via Denver, Co and Denver, CO in around 27 h 30 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,700
Flights from Salt Lake City to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $1,700
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $600
Flights from Salt Lake City to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $600
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Salt Lake City to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,500
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salt Lake City Amtrak to Lincoln Amtrak
Ave. Duration
22 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
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
Windstar
Phone
+1 888-494-6378
Email
sara@gowindstar.com
Website
gowindstar.com
Bus from Lincoln, NE to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
gowindstar.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 Salt Lake City, Ut to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $90
Flexible
$100 - $140
Burlington Trailways

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