There are 9 ways to get from South Bend to Ames 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.

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Fly South Bend to Des Moines  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Des Moines (DSM) SBN - DSM

$279 - $1,255

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Bus  •  13 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Notre Dame to Chicago O'Hare Airport Notre Dame-O'hare
  2. Take the bus from Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL to Ames, IA 1486

$79 - $135

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Train to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Des Moines  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Des Moines (DSM) ORD - DSM

$199 - $769

Fly South Bend to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Fly from South Bend (SBN) to Cedar Rapids (CID) SBN - CID
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA

$301 - $1,460

Train to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Cedar Rapids, bus  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Cedar Rapids (CID) ORD - CID
  3. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA

$171 - $774

Train to Chicago O'Hare, fly to Waterloo, bus  •  9 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Fly from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Waterloo (ALO) ORD - ALO
  3. Take the bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA

$195 - $757

Bus via Des Moines, IA  •  11 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from South Bend, IN to Chicago, IL
  2. Take the bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA

$83 - $148

Train, bus  •  12 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
  4. Take the bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
  5. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$132 - $251

Drive  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Drive from South Bend to Ames 437.8 miles

$40 - $65

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from South Bend to Ames. However, there are services departing from South Bend, IN and arriving at Ames, IA via Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 41 min.

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The distance between South Bend and Ames is 382 miles. The road distance is 437.8 miles.

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The best way to get from South Bend to Ames without a car is to bus which takes 11 h 41 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 59 min to get from South Bend to Ames, including transfers.

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South Bend to Ames bus services, operated by Hoosier Ride, depart from South Bend, IN station.

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The best way to get from South Bend to Ames is to fly which takes 6 h 59 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 11 h 41 min.

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There is no direct flight from South Bend Airport to Des Moines Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 39 min and has one stopover.

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South Bend to Ames bus services, operated by Burlington Trailways, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Ames is 1 h behind South Bend. It is currently 4:55 PM in South Bend and 3:55 PM in Ames.

Yes, the driving distance between South Bend to Ames is 438 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 6 min to drive from South Bend to Ames.

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Map of how to get from South Bend to Ames.
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  • Distance: 382.1 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 59 min

What companies run services between South Bend, IN, USA and Ames, IA, USA?

United Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from South Bend to Ames hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from South Bend to Ames via Chicago, IL and Des Moines, IA in around 11 h 41 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from South Bend to Des Moines via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,400
Flights from South Bend to Cedar Rapids via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from South Bend to Des Moines via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from South Bend to Des Moines via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from South Bend to Cedar Rapids via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,600
Flights from South Bend to Cedar Rapids via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $1,600
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,400
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from South Bend to Des Moines via Detroit
Ave. Duration
4 h 34 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
Flights from South Bend to Des Moines via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from South Bend to Des Moines via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from South Bend to Cedar Rapids via Detroit
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from South Bend to Cedar Rapids via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,600
Flights from South Bend to Cedar Rapids via Detroit, Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,500
Flights from South Bend to Cedar Rapids via Detroit, Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7 h 11 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,600
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from South Bend to Des Moines via Phoenix esa Gateway
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$390 - $2,100
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 South Bend Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$19 - $24
Business Seat
$44
Bedroom
$180 - $210
Train from Chicago Union Station to Ottumwa Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Waterloo, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago, IL to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Ottumwa, IA to Monroe, IA
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Monroe, IA to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Chicago Cumberland Ave, IL to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com

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Allegiant Air, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta offer flights from South Bend Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 24+ hotels available in Ames. Prices start at $74 USD per night.

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The best way to get from South Bend to South Bend Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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