There are 5 ways to get from Seattle to Des Moines by plane, bus, train, night 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 to Des Moines  •  8 h 10 min

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

$185 - $806

4 alternative options

Fly to Omaha, bus  •  9 h 26 min

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

$185 - $386

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, night bus  •  42 h 50 min

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

$281 - $748

Drive  •  27 h 41 min

  1. Drive from Seattle to Des Moines 1826.3 miles

$170 - $260

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Seattle to Des Moines is to drive which costs $170 - $260 and takes 27 h 41 min.

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The quickest way to get from Seattle to Des Moines is to fly which costs $180 - $850 and takes 8 h 10 min.

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

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 8 h 10 min to get from Seattle to Des Moines, including transfers.

More details

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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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
5 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Houston
Ave. Duration
8 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Des Moines via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
5 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Chicago Midway
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Seattle to Omaha
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Portland
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $700
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Seattle to Omaha via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Train operators
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Seattle King Street Station Amtrak to St. Paul-Minneapolis Union Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
37 h 3 min
Frequency
Once 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
Greyhound USA
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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
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Missoula, MT to Billings, MT
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules 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
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Albert Lea, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com
Night bus from Minneapolis, MN to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
jeffersonlines.com

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