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

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Recommended option

Fly from San Francisco  •  6 h 18 min

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

$248 - $320

Cheapest option

Fly from Oakland  •  7 h 59 min

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

$212 - $913

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  46 h 3 min

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

Bus  •  46 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Las Vegas, Nv
  2. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Kansas City, Mo
  3. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...

$233 - $551

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 6 h 18 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, Ca and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Oakland, Ca, Las Vegas, Nv and Kansas City, MO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46 h 21 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 train and bus which takes 46 h 3 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 18 min to get from San Francisco to Des Moines, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Des Moines bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Oakland, Ca station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Des Moines is to fly which takes 6 h 18 min and costs $240 - $320. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $230 - $550 and takes 46 h 21 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 34 min.

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San Francisco to Des Moines bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, 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: 6 h 18 min

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

Frontier Airlines, United 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 Oakland, Ca, Las Vegas, Nv, Kansas City, Mo, and Kansas City, MO in around 46 h 21 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Denver, St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Ontario/San Bernardino, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Burbank, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Burbank, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Ontario/San Bernardino, Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $470
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $470
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $330
Flights from Oakland to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from San Francisco to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $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 Richmond Transit Station to Lincoln Amtrak
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
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
13 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $160
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$65 - $110
Flexible
$120 - $160
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
27 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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