There are 7 ways to get from Seattle 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 to Des Moines  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Des Moines (DSM) SEA - DSM

$185 - $806

6 alternative options

Fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  11 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Cedar Rapids (CID) SEA - CID
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines, IA

$233 - $954

Fly to Omaha, bus  •  9 h 35 min

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

$185 - $386

Fly to Kansas City, bus  •  9 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Kansas City (MCI) SEA - MCI
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA

$197 - $483

Bus  •  38 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Seattle, Wa to Missoula, Mt
  2. Take the bus from Missoula, MT to Billings, MT 948
  3. Take the bus from Billings, MT to Albert Lea, MN 702
  4. Take the bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...

$296 - $473

Train, bus  •  43 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Seattle King Street Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Empire Builder
  2. Take the bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA 801 / ...

$286 - $748

Drive  •  27 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Seattle to Des Moines 1826.3 miles

$170 - $260

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Seattle to Des Moines. However, there are services departing from Seattle, Wa and arriving at Des Moines, IA via Missoula, MT, Billings, MT and Albert Lea, MN. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 56 min.

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The distance between Seattle and Des Moines is 1472 miles. The road distance is 1826.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Des Moines without a car is to bus which takes 38 h 56 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 1 min to get from Seattle to Des Moines, including transfers.

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Seattle to Des Moines bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Seattle, Wa station.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Des Moines is to fly which takes 8 h 1 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 38 h 56 min.

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There is no direct flight from Seattle Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 11 min and has one stopover.

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Seattle to Des Moines bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Des Moines, IA station.

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Des Moines is 2 h ahead of Seattle. It is currently 9:04 AM in Seattle and 11:04 AM in Des Moines.

Yes, the driving distance between Seattle to Des Moines is 1826 miles. It takes approximately 27 h 41 min to drive from Seattle to Des Moines.

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  • Distance: 1471.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 1 min

What companies run services between Seattle, WA, USA and Des Moines, IA, USA?

United Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from Seattle to Des Moines hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Seattle to Des Moines via Missoula, Mt, Missoula, MT, Billings, MT, and Albert Lea, MN in around 38 h 56 min.

Airlines
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 39 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,000
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Seattle to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Seattle to Kansas City via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Flights from Seattle to Kansas City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Seattle to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
8 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $950
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Seattle to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
3 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Flights from Seattle to Kansas City via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,000
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Seattle to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Portland
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Seattle to Kansas City
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Seattle to Kansas City via Portland
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Seattle King Street Station to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot
Ave. Duration
37 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$220 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$390 - $600
Business Coach Seat
$470 - $700
Room
$850 - $1,200
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Omaha, NE to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
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
Bus from Missoula, MT to Billings, MT
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Billings, MT to Albert Lea, MN
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$150 - $210
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Book at
jeffersonlines.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 Seattle, Wa to Missoula, Mt
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $80
Flexible
$95 - $130

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

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There are 106+ hotels available in Des Moines. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Seattle Airport is to tram which takes 34 min and costs .

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