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There are 5 ways to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4h 9m

  1. Fly from St. Louis (STL) to Des Moines (DSM) STL - DSM

$200 - $790

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Bus Greyhound USA  •  9h 53m

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo 1683 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA 804 / ...

$74 - $133

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  11h 41m

  1. Take the train from St. Louis Gateway Station to Kansas City Union Station
  2. Take the bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA 802 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA 806 / ...

$110 - $208

Bus Burlington Trailways  •  13h 45m

  1. Take the bus from St Louis, MO to Cedar Rapids 1490
  2. Take the bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Ames, IA 1485

$75 - $138

Drive  •  7h 2m

  1. Drive from St. Louis to Iowa State University 382.2 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 7h 2m.

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The quickest way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University is to fly which costs $200 - $800 and takes 4h 9m.

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No, there is no direct bus from St. Louis to Iowa State University. However, there are services departing from St Louis, Mo and arriving at Ames, IA via Kansas City, MO. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 53m.

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The distance between St. Louis and Iowa State University is 299 miles. The road distance is 382.2 miles.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University without a car is to bus which takes 9h 53m and costs $70 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4h 9m to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University, including transfers.

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St. Louis to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from St Louis, Mo station.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University is to fly which takes 4h 9m and costs $200 - $800. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $70 - $140 and takes 9h 53m.

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The quickest flight from St. Louis Airport to Des Moines Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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St. Louis to Iowa State University bus services, operated by Jefferson Lines, arrive at Ames, IA station.

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Map of how to get from St. Louis to Iowa State University.
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  • Distance: 298.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 9m

What companies run services between St. Louis, MO, USA and Iowa State University, IA, USA?

Southwest Airlines flies from St. Louis to Iowa State University twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from St. Louis to Iowa State University via Kansas City, Mo, Kansas City, MO, and Ames, IA in around 9h 53m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from St. Louis to Des Moines
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
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 St. Louis Gateway Station to Kansas City Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $320
Bus operators
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 St Louis, Mo to Kansas City, Mo
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$29 - $45
Flexible
$50 - $70
Jefferson Lines
Phone
800-451-5333
Email
info@jeffersonlines.com
Website
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
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jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Kansas City, MO to Des Moines, IA
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Bus from Des Moines, IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Book at
jeffersonlines.com
Burlington Trailways
Website
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from St Louis, MO to Cedar Rapids
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $100
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com
Bus from Cedar Rapids,IA to Ames, IA
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
burlingtontrailways.com
Book at
burlingtontrailways.com

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Yes, the driving distance between St. Louis to Iowa State University is 382 miles. It takes approximately 7h 2m to drive from St. Louis to Iowa State University.

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Southwest Airlines offers flights from St. Louis Airport to Des Moines Airport.

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There are 26+ hotels available in Iowa State University. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from St. Louis to St. Louis Airport is to train which takes 31m and costs $3.

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