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There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco 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.

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Fly San Francisco to Des Moines  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Des Moines (DSM) SFO - DSM

$247 - $320

Cheapest option

Fly Oakland to Des Moines  •  8 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Des Moines (DSM) OAK - DSM

$181 - $863

4 alternative options

Fly San Francisco to Omaha, bus  •  9 h 24 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Omaha (OMA) SFO - OMA
  2. Take the bus from Omaha, NE to Des Moines, IA

$186 - $550

Bus  •  42 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Reno
  2. Take the bus from Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
  3. Take the bus from Denver, CO to Des Moines, IA

$199 - $407

Train, bus  •  46 h 3 min

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

Drive  •  27 h 11 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Des Moines 1810.9 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Des Moines is to drive which costs $170 - $260 and takes 27 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Des Moines is to fly which costs $240 - $320 and takes 7 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Reno, Nv and Denver, CO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h 16 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Des Moines is 1556 miles. The road distance is 1810.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 42 h 16 min and costs $190 - $410.

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

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San Francisco to Des Moines bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Des Moines is to fly which takes 7 h 47 min and costs $240 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $190 - $410 and takes 42 h 16 min.

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There is no direct flight from San Francisco Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 3 min and has one stopover.

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San Francisco 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 San Francisco to Des Moines.
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  • Distance: 1556.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 47 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and three other airlines fly from San Francisco to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Des Moines via Reno, Reno, Nv, Denver, Co, and Denver, CO in around 42 h 16 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Burbank, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Burbank, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Ontario/San Bernardino, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Ontario/San Bernardino, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Omaha via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Omaha via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 32 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from San Francisco to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
4 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from San Francisco to Omaha via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Omaha via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$380 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $330
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
10 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $500
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $850
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 Richmond Amtrak to Lincoln Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
39 h 58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$230 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$410 - $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
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Reno
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
flixbus.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 Reno, Nv to Denver, Co
Ave. Duration
23 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $260
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$100 - $170
Flexible
$190 - $260
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

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More Questions & Answers

Des Moines is 2 h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 10:00 PM in San Francisco and 12:00 AM in Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Des Moines is 1811 miles. It takes approximately 27 h 11 min to drive from San Francisco to Des Moines.

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Frontier Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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